What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
The Ignition Interlock Device is an in-car breath-screening test that is required of persons who are convicted of a DUI. The purpose of an ignition interlock device is to prevent a person who has been convicted of a DUI from driving under the influence. Once the interlock device is installed, in order to start your vehicle you must pass a breath-alcohol test by blowing 1.5 liters of breath in the mouthpiece. The vehicle will not start if the device detects an alcohol content above a .05 %. Once you give a breath sample, the BAC content of that sample will be stored in the data log and can be printed out later by law enforcement personnel and used as evidence of a violation of probation. In addition to having to blow into the device to get your vehicle started, the device also requires “rolling tests” of the driver. The device will signal to the driver that he must blow into the mouth piece again after the car has already been driven for a while. The purpose of this feature is to ensure that the driver has not had another person blow into the mouthpiece to get the vehicle started, permitting you to have consumed alcohol while driving your motor vehicle. If you fail to give a breath sample during the rolling test, the failure will be recorded in the internal data log and can activate an alarm system such as flashing your headlights, until the vehicle is turned off.

How do I know if I need one?
Florida Statute 316.193 states that upon conviction for a DUI, the court shall in certain circumstances order a person to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in their vehicle prior to their permanent or restricted drivers license restatement. A Ignition Interlock Device will be required if:

  • On your first DUI conviction you had a BAC of .20 or greater.
  • On your first DUI conviction you had a person under the age of eighteen in your vehicle at the time of conviction.
  • You have already received a prior DUI conviction.
  • The court deems that under any other circumstances your DUI conviction requires it.

Where do I get the Ignition Interlock Device installed?
You can schedule an appointment at either of the following locations by calling Customer Service at (407) 207-3337. You should allow a couple of hours for the installation process to occur.

How much does an Ignition Interlock Device cost?
You are responsible for paying the costs of an ignition interlock device. The installation and removal of the device costs $70.00. If your vehicle is a high performance vehicle, a luxury vehicle, or a large truck, then the installation/removal price could be an additional $50.00. In addition, monthly monitoring and calibration fees are $67.50. If you cannot afford a devise the court, in some circumstances, can order your other fines associated with your DUI conviction to be allocated to defray the costs of the installation.

Where in my vehicle is the Ignition Interlock Device installed?
The Ignition Interlock Device is typically mounted underneath the dashboard inside the passenger compartment near the driver’s seat.

How long will my ignition interlock device be installed for?

All interlock devices are ordered at the time that you qualify for a permanent or restricted license.

  • If this is your 1st DUI conviction then the devise will be installed for up to 6 months.
  • If this is your 2nd DUI conviction then the devise will be installed for at least one year.
  • If this is your 2nd DUI conviction and you were convicted with a BAC of .20% or higher or with a passenger under the age of 18 in your vehicle, then the devise will be installed for at least two years.
  • If this is your 3rd DUI conviction within ten years of any prior convictions then the devise will be installed for a period of not less than two years.
  • If this is your 3rd DUI conviction outside of ten years of any prior conviction then the devise will be installed for a period of not less than two years.

If I have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in my vehicle can I drive another vehicle that does not have the devise?
If your vehicle has an Ignition Interlock Device and you drive another vehicle, that is a criminal offense that can result in an immediate arrest and possible impoundment of your vehicle. When you are given your restricted license your license will reflect a “P” restriction and signify to any office that you should not be driving a vehicle without an interlock ignition devise. A conviction for this offense could include fines, probation, incarceration in county jail, or revocation of your driving privilege.

Can I have another person blow into the breath mouthpiece to start my vehicle?
No, it is a violation of the law to have another person blow into it for the purpose of starting the vehicle.

What if my job requires me to drive for a living?
In limited situations persons convicted of a DUI may be able to drive a company vehicle without installing the interlock devise on the company vehicle. In order for the court to grant this request, the employer must be notified of the DUI conviction and sign an affidavit attesting to the notification. Additionally, the business entity that owns the vehicle must not be the same person whose driving privileges have been restricted.
DUI School
DUI School programs are private and professional non-profit organizations that are required to provide education, a psychosocial evaluation and treatment referral services to persons convicted of a DUI in order to satisfy judicial and driver licensing requirements. There are two separate programs available depending on the number of DUI convictions that you have had. If your license is reinstated after the revocation period expires, failure to complete DUI school within 90 days after reinstatement will result in license cancellation. Additionally, students must appear free of alcohol or other drugs for registration, class, and evaluation sessions.
Level I is for first-time offenders. The Level I course is to be a minimum of 12 hours of classroom instruction and incorporates didactic and interactive educational techniques.

Level II is for multiple offenders The Level II course is a minimum of 21 hours of classroom time using primarily interactive educational techniques in a group setting. This course focuses on the problems of the repeat offender and treatment readiness as the majority of students are referred to treatment.

What will I need to register?
To register for DUI school you will need your DUI ticket, arrest affidavit and Breath Alcohol Content print out, drivers license number, social security number, the lifetime

How much does DUI school cost?

  • Level I school costs approximately $215.00 – $230.00.
  • Level II school costs approximately $330.00-$360.00.

(These prices include the cost of a letter of completion)

What DUI schools should I attend?
You should attend DUI school in the county that you reside in.

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