Weather and road conditions may affect some of our licensing locations. Be sure to check the status of your local office before you go.
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.
To be eligible, your driving record must show all of the following:
We only issue ignition interlock licenses to people who have a WA driver license or a valid out of state 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.
If you meet all the requirements, you'll get a temporary paper copy of your restricted license. Your permanent license will arrive later in the mail.
Note: We'll hold your application for 30 days so you're able to get us any required documents. After 30 days you forfeit any fees you've paid, and you'll have to start over again with a new application and fee.
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:
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 during the time you have an IIL or IID requirement. If you're approved, we'll reimburse your provider $80* per month for each service:
*You'll be responsible for paying all the remaining costs. (This rate is effective August 1, 2014.)
To apply for assistance, submit a Financial Assistance Application :
|People in family/household||Monthly income|
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.
Email us: CustomerCare@dol.wa.gov