An Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL) allows you to drive a vehicle while your license is suspended or revoked for a drug or alcohol-related offense. It won’t allow the vehicle to start if it detects alcohol on your breath. It may also require additional retests, called a rolling retest, while you’re driving.
To be eligible, your driving record must show all of the following and that you have an unexpired WA driver license:
We only issue ignition interlock licenses to people who have a WA driver license. If you want to get an IIL and have a WA residence address you’ll need to get a WA driver license. This will include passing all tests and paying fees.
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.
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 it to and from your home.
You can’t drive a commercial motor vehicle while you have an IIL.
You’re responsible for paying all the 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 employer owned, leased or rented vehicles.
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 — not necessarily all the cars you own. If you prefer, you may install an interlock device in 1 vehicle that you’ll drive while your license is suspended.