What happens after I get my OWI?
The state of Wisconsin requires an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) for most alcohol-related offenses. If you are a repeat OWI offender, or if it was your first offense with a BAC level of .15 or greater, you will need an IID. IID orders means it applies to every vehicle you own, and your driving privilege is restricted to operating only IID-equipped vehicles. All OWI convictions include license revocation or suspension periods.
You can apply for an Occupational License from the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), dependent on various factors of your case (see #7). This license gives you the ability to drive to work and/or school, and back. Keep in mind that Wisconsin law requires you to have an IID installed in every vehicle registered in your name before applying for an Occupational License.
What do I need to bring to my installation?
Once you have scheduled your ignition interlock device installation with Smart Start, you will need to bring the following to your IID installation appointment:
- Driver’s license or state-issued ID
- A copy of your court order
- Payment for your first month’s lease and installation
What should I bring back to my monitoring authority after my device is installed?
Smart Start will provide an installation notification, which we will send electronically to the Department of Transportation in Wisconsin.
How do I know if Smart Start’s devices are compliant with my program?
Smart Start Wisconsin’s devices are compliant with all state and federal requirements, and we are certified as a provider of the installation and service of ignition interlock devices (IIDs). Our devices have also passed stringent testing through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WI DOT), and are certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
What happens if I violate?
If you violate in the state of Wisconsin, a violation report is sent to your local sheriff department. Your local sheriff’s department will verify the violation and determine whether or not to take action.
How often does my IID need to be serviced?
Wisconsin state law requires that you service your ignition interlock device (IID) every 60 days.
How do the consequences differ for a first and second DUI? Third? Fourth?
Ignition Interlock Devices (IID’s) in Wisconsin are usually required for a minimum of one year, but will vary case by case. To operate your vehicle again, you need to be issued an Occupational License.
The DMV website states that you will be eligible for an Occupational License under the following conditions:
1st OWI: immediately eligible
2nd OWI and up: 45 days before eligible
Causing injury while intoxicated: 60 days before eligible
Great bodily harm: 120 days before eligible
Negligent homicide while intoxicated: 120 days before eligible
1st refusal to provide a breath sample: 30 days before eligible
2nd refusal: 90 days before eligible
3rd refusal: 120 days before eligible
A fourth OWI offense is a felony if it is within five years of an earlier offense.
What do I need for removal?
In the state of Wisconsin, Smart Start will remove your ignition interlock device (IID) upon request. We do not require any paperwork for removal. However, please understand that, if you remove your ignition interlock device before you have fulfilled your order, you may suffer additional consequences, you may not be able to drive your vehicle, or your time with the ignition interlock device may not count.
What if I have a requirement, but I don’t own a vehicle?
Even if you do not own a vehicle, your operating privilege is restricted to only operating vehicles with an ignition interlock device (IID) installed. Even if you borrow, lease, or rent a vehicle, it must be equipped with an IID for you to legally operate it.
Do I need the device on all of my vehicles?
Wisconsin state law requires that all vehicles registered to you be equipped with the ignition interlock device (IID). However, you can request a hardship, which needs to be approved by the judge.
Where can I go for service? Anywhere, or just within my state?
Wisconsin law states that your ignition interlock device (IID) can be installed and service at any Smart Start service center nationwide.
What constitutes a violation in my state?
In the state of Wisconsin, any and all of the following may constitute a violation:
- Three rolling retest sample results above .02 within a 60-day service interval
- Three consecutive retest refusals (in the same driving event)
- Device detects circumvention or tampering
If you violate, the next time you attempt to start the vehicle, the Ignition Interlock Device will either display a flashing light or a message indicating that service is required. As soon as you see this indicator, you must contact Smart Start to schedule an appointment for service. You will be required to return for service within 7 days and pay a violation reset fee.
The sheriff in the county where you live (not necessarily where convicted) is immediately notified after violation reset service. The sheriff will also be notified if tampering is detected during the vehicle inspection or if you do not report for regularly scheduled service. The District Attorney could pursue legal action if your Ignition Interlock Device (IID) has been circumvented, disconnected, removed, or if tampering has occurred.
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 to speak with one of our customer care advocates and schedule a voluntary installation appointment. You may also be required to pay a security deposit.
How do I know if I need a camera/GPS/etc.?
The state of Wisconsin does not currently require a camera or GPS with your Ignition Interlock Device (IID).
Where does installation fall based on my condition?
The court has the discretion to order Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installation before the case is adjudicated or post-conviction, when you are eligible for a driver license. If you are serving a sentence in county jail and qualify for daily work release, you will have two weeks to show proof of having an IID installed. Failure to do so will result in revocation of work release privilege.
Does the camera watch me all the time?
No, the camera only takes a picture when you are asked to provide a breath sample. The camera does not take videos, and there is no live streaming. However, the state of Wisconsin does not currently require a camera to be installed with the Ignition Interlock Device (IID).
How do I know who my monitoring authority is?
In the state of Wisconsin, your monitoring authority will be your local sheriff’s office.
How do I know what my state requires in an Ignition Interlock Device?
Smart Start is an approved, certified Ignition Interlock Device provider in the state of Wisconsin, so you can be sure that all of our devices meet any necessary state and federal regulations. For a more comprehensive list of state requirements for an Ignition Interlock Device, please visit http://www.WisconsinDOT.gov.
How can I pay for calibration?
You can pay for your calibration at the time of service at the service center via any form of payment except American Express and/or personal checks.
Where do I send a record of my service appointments?
Smart Start of Wisconsin will automatically send a record of your service appointments to your monitoring authority on your behalf at no extra charge to you.
Does this thing hurt my vehicle?
Not at all. Smart Start’s technicians are certified to safely install and service your Ignition Interlock Device (IID) so that no harm comes to your vehicle.
Can I get one on my motorcycle?
Motorcycle Ignition Interlock installation laws differ by state. Smart Start operates throughout the U.S. as a certified manufacturer and will work harder than other companies to provide you a seamless Interlock program that still follows your case requirements in the state of Wisconsin. Please call our Customer Care Center at 800-831-3299 if you have any questions.
Is the Ignition Interlock Device connected to my horn and lights?
Yes, the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is connected to your vehicle’s horn and lights. They will sound and become visible if you have failed a rolling retest while the vehicle is running or is you are about to miss a rolling retest request while driving. However, this connection will not harm your vehicle in any way.