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June 1, 2024

How to Install Ignition Interlock Device

You may have been convicted of DUI and ordered by your court to install an ignition interlock device as a condition of probation. Alternatively, you may have decided to use one on your own to avoid drinking and driving in the future. Whatever your reason for getting an IID, it is important to understand the process of installing and using this device. In this article, we will discuss how to get an IID installed in your vehicle as well as some tips and advice about using the device once it is in place.

The first step in the process is to find a provider near you that can install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Your attorney or your state’s monitoring authority should be able to provide you with a list of certified providers. Once you have found a provider, make an appointment to meet with them. At this time, the technician will inspect your vehicle to ensure that it meets the minimum requirements for the installation of an IID. Oftentimes, older cars must be modified to accommodate the equipment.

At the time of your installation, you will also receive comprehensive training on how to use your ALCOLOCK ignition interlock device. This will help you to understand what all of the different messages and sounds mean, as well as how to properly blow into the device to test your breath. If you fail a breath test, the device will warn you to pull over in a safe place to retest.

If you have any questions about how to use your device, the technician will be happy to answer them. You may also be given a manual that you can keep in your vehicle for reference.

In the event that your interlock device does not turn on, it is important to check your car battery. The battery may simply be low, or it could have died completely. If you are still unable to start your car, it is recommended that you contact your service center as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for diagnostics and repair.

Can I Have the Device Installed in a Vehicle that is Not Registered to Me?

You can have an ignition interlock device installed in a vehicle that is not registered to you, provided that you obtain a notarized letter from the owner giving you permission to do so. During your installation appointment, you will be asked to present the letter as proof that you have permission to drive that vehicle with an IID.

During your IID period, it is highly recommended that you adhere to the terms of your agreement at all times. Failure to do so can result in a lengthy suspension of your driver’s license. Fortunately, there are ways that you can have your period reduced, but you must speak with your provider before doing so to ensure that they will be able to comply with the court’s request.

Once your term is over, you can have the interlock device removed by a technician at your service center. Typically, the removal process takes 60 to 90 minutes.