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June 2, 2024

What Happens If I Remove My Interlock Device?

In most states, if you are convicted of a DUI or OUI offense, the court will mandate that you install and maintain an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for a period of time after your license suspension. This device will be connected to your car’s starter and sometimes other parts of the vehicle like the horn and windshield wipers, and it is very important that you don’t attempt to remove the device yourself, or you may face serious consequences. In order to remove the IID, you will need to be authorized to do so by your state monitoring authority. This is typically a probation officer or the DMV, and they should be able to provide you with the proper paperwork that you will need to bring to your service provider to have the device removed.

Each state’s law and individual probation or DMV rules will determine the length of time you are required to keep the device in your vehicle, as well as any program violations that could extend the time frame. Intoxalock has state specialists that know the ins and outs of each state’s laws, so they should be able to help you understand your specific requirements and when you can have the device removed.

When you are close to the end of your interlock program, and have obeyed the rules of the program so that your initial time period was not extended, you will need to contact your monitoring authority to request paperwork for having the IID removed. Some monitoring authorities will automatically send you the appropriate documents, but others will require that you request them. This is why it is important to find out from your probation officer or DMV which company can provide you with the proper paperwork.

Once you have the proper paperwork, you will need to schedule an appointment at a certified Low Cost Interlock service center to have the device removed. Once you arrive at the appointment, a trained technician will begin the removal process. The whole process should take no more than 60 minutes, and you will be on your way with a fresh start!

If you are still unsure of what to do about your situation, or if you have any other questions about your DUI conviction in central Ohio, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our OVI / DUI attorneys. Our firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients, and we can help you through the entire process, from your initial hearing all the way to when you can have your ignition interlock device removed. Call us today for a free consultation!