An Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL) allows you to drive vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device while your regular license is suspended or revoked for a drug or alcohol-related offense.
The ignition interlock device won’t allow the vehicle to be started if it detects alcohol on your breath. The device may also require additional “rolling retests” while the vehicle is being driven.
To be eligible for an IIL, your driving record must show all of the following:
You may apply for an IIL at any time, including after being arrested or after your revocation hearing. When you get an IIL you must maintain an interlock device in the vehicles you drive for the rest of your suspension.
You may receive a combination of the Occupational/Restricted Driver License (ORL) and the IIL.
For example: You may be issued an ORL/IIL, if your license is suspended for both of the following:
This license allows you to drive while your license is suspended, but restricts the hours, days, and locations where you may drive.
While driving with an IIL, you must maintain an ignition interlock device on all vehicles you drive. To learn more about interlock device requirements, see Ignition interlock device (IID).
If you drive with an IIL for work, any vehicle you drive during work hours must be equipped with an ignition interlock device if your employer:
This requirement may be waived for most work vehicles if you:
Note: The ignition interlock device requirement can’t be waived if the work vehicle is assigned exclusively to you, and is used only for commuting to and from work.
You can’t drive a commercial motor vehicle while you have an IIL.
You’re responsible for paying all the IIL fees and interlock device costs, including:
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:
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Only if your job requires that you drive vehicles that your employer:
Before you can legally drive a work vehicle without an interlock device, your employer must sign a declaration that you’re required to drive the vehicle during work hours. Carry a copy of the signed declaration whenever you drive a work vehicle that isn’t equipped with an interlock device. If the work vehicle is assigned exclusively to you, and you only use it to commute to and from work, you must have an interlock device installed on the vehicle when you drive it.
No, you must have an IIL and an interlock device installed in your car to drive legally. The Occupational/Restricted License (ORL) isn’t available to drivers who’ve been convicted of DUI.
You must install an interlock device in all the cars you drive. You aren’t required to install one in all the cars you own. If you prefer, you may install an interlock device in 1 of your vehicles and drive only that one while your license is suspended.
Yes, if you have a driver license from another state and are suspended in Washington, you can apply for an IIL. Even if you’ve never had a license, you may apply for an IIL as long as you qualify for a Washington driver license.