An ignition interlock device is an instrument you blow into before you can start your vehicle. You’ll only be able to start your vehicle if your breath alcohol content (BAC) reading is under .025.
You must have an ignition interlock device before you can reinstate your driver license after:
An IIL is a restricted driver license that allows you to drive vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device. To learn about IIL requirements and how to get one, see Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL).
To see how long you need to have an IID, see Learn how to reinstate your license.
|For …||You must have an IID for…|
|Some convictions of reckless driving.||At least 6 months.|
|Some convictions of negligent driving.||At least 6 months.|
|Conviction of DUI or Physical Control of a motor vehicle.|
Note: The court may require your IID to be installed longer than what’s shown above.
The IID requirement won’t be removed until we receive notice from the interlock company that you haven’t done any of the following in the previous 4 months:
Visit an IID installer that’s certified by the Washington State Patrol. The installer will submit proof of installation to us. You can:
You may be eligible for financial help if you can’t afford to install, lease, and remove an ignition interlock device in the vehicles you drive. To apply for assistance, submit an Ignition Interlock Device Financial Assistance Application:
|2013 poverty guidelines for Washington State|
|People in family/household||Monthly income|
If you’re required to operate an employer-owned vehicle during work hours, you may submit an Employer Declaration for Ignition Interlock Exemption to us so they don’t have to install IIDs on their vehicles.
To be eligible for an employer exemption, you must have an IID installed in your personal vehicle. In addition, you must wait a specific number of days (below) from the date your suspension/revocation began as a result of the conviction, or date the IID was installed, whichever is later:
You can have the IID removed after we’ve receive notice from the interlock company that in the previous 4 months you haven’t done any of the following:
Once you’ve met all your IID requirements and we’ve received and processed the 4-month certification from the interlock company, you may have the device removed. We suggest that you check your license status before you drive.
If you remove it:
No. You may request an administrative review to contest the suspension, but you can’t contest the ignition interlock requirement.