What happens after I get my DUI?
Once you receive your DUI in Florida, you will either go before a judge, or your attorney will enroll you in a pre-trial diversion program.
What do I need to bring to my installation?
Once you have scheduled your Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installation in Florida, you will need to bring the following to your IID installation appointment:
- A form of photo ID
- Proof of vehicle registration
- Proof of vehicle insurance
What should I bring back to my monitoring authority after my device is installed?
Once you have installed your Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in Florida, you will need to bring proof of installation to your monitoring authority. Smart Start will provide proof of installation. Your monitoring authority can verify that you are in the Smart Start system by logging into Smart Start’s proprietary software, SmartWeb®.
How do I know if Smart Start’s devices are compliant with my program?
All of Smart Start’s ignition interlock devices are tested for program compliance. Also, Smart Start is on the list of approved providers for the state of Florida and has met the standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). You can rest assured that the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) will be compliant with your program.
What happens if I violate?
In Florida, if you violate, the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) will go into early recall, and you will have up to five days to service your Ignition Interlock Device. If you do not take your Ignition Interlock Device to a Smart Start service center for calibration, your device will go into lockout, and you will not be able to drive.
How often does my IID need to be serviced?
Florida law states that your Ignition Interlock Device (IID) must be serviced every 30 days.
How do the consequences differ for a first and second DUI? Third? Fourth?
In the state of Florida, the consequences are generally as follows:
First DUI: You will not be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) unless you blew twice the legal limit or had a minor in the car.
Second DUI: You will be required to have the Ignition Interlock Device in your vehicle for one year.
Third DUI: You will be required to have the Ignition Interlock Device in your vehicle for two years.
Fourth DUI: You will be required to have the Ignition Interlock Device in your vehicle for five years.
What do I need for removal?
In order to remove your Ignition Interlock Device in the state of Florida, you will need approval from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). Should you receive violations while participating in the program, you will need proof that no time has been extended to your court order. Then, you will be able to schedule a removal appointment with Smart Start.
What if I have a requirement, but I don’t own a vehicle?
In Florida, if you have an Ignition Interlock Device requirement, but you don’t own a vehicle, you will be required to install the Ignition Interlock Device on whichever vehicle you drive. If you will be using someone else’s vehicle, you’ll need his/her written permission to have the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed on that vehicle.
Do I need the device on all of my vehicles?
Florida law states that you’re required to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in every vehicle registered in your name.
Where can I go for service? Anywhere, or just within my state?
You can service your Ignition Interlock Device (IID) at any Smart Start service center in the state of Florida.
What constitutes a violation in my state?
In Florida, violations result from:
- Two failed tests within four hours
- A skipped rolling re-test
- A missed service appointment
- Tampering with the device
What do I need to do to install voluntarily?
To install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on your vehicle or a family member’s vehicle -voluntarily, click the chat window below, fill out our online form, or call Smart Start at 800.831.3299. Our customer care advocates can help you schedule a voluntary installation appointment. Check to see if your insurance offers any discounts for voluntary interlock installation—especially for children going off to college.
How do I know if I need a camera/GPS/etc.?
In Florida, cameras are required for every Ignition Interlock Device (IID).
Where does installation fall based on my condition?
In the state of Florida, your monitoring authority will let you know when you need to install your Ignition Interlock Device (IID).
Does the camera watch me all the time?
No, the camera only takes pictures when you submit a breath test. There is no live video feed.
How do I know who my monitoring authority is?
In the state of Florida, your monitoring authority will be the court, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), or the attorney who has told you that you will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device. If you’re not sure who your monitoring authority is, ask the instructor at your DUI driving course.
How do I know what my state requires in an Ignition Interlock Device?
During your sentencing, you will find out what is required of your Ignition Interlock Device (IID). Smart Start is on Florida’s list of approved providers, though, so you can be sure that our IIDs meet any and all state requirements.
How can I pay for calibration?
Your form of payment will depend on your local Smart Start service center. Generally, in the state of Florida, you can pay with a credit card, debit card, or money order at the service center at the time of calibration.
Where do I send a record of my service appointments?
Smart Start will send a record of your service appointments to the monitoring authority you specify upon completion of your Level I or Level II driving course.
Does this thing hurt my vehicle?
The Ignition Interlock Device is wired to the internal wiring system of the vehicle between the ignition switch and the starter. It is connected to the electrical system and is grounded. The unit draws less battery power than the clock radio on a car, so there is minimal strain on the battery. However, if the vehicle is not driven for an extended period of time, the battery will drain. In short, if you drive your vehicle regularly, the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) will not hurt your vehicle in any way.
Can I get one on my motorcycle?
The state of Florida does not allow the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device on a motorcycle.