Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Program

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a breath alcohol analyzer connected to the ignition system of a vehicle. The driver must blow into the device and if their breath alcohol level exceeds the accepted level set on the device, the vehicle will not start. The accepted level is below 0.020. In addition, at different times while driving, the driver will be prompted to blow into the device to ensure they are not under the influence. All devices must be equipped with cameras.

Enrollment in the mandatory IID Program is required for the first or subsequent alcohol-related offenses. Participation in the IID Program requires a restricted DC DMV driver license (either a restricted REAL ID license or a restricted Limited Purpose license) and only designated vehicles with installed IIDs may be driven. If you have a commercial driver license (CDL), you will be required to downgrade to a non-commercial driver license (NCDL) and enroll in the mandatory IID program.

The restriction and conditions on your driver license will remain in place for the required period of program enrollment, and that period of time will be extended if you violate the IID Program rules or commit another driving-related violation.

Failure to enroll in the mandatory IID program will result in the indefinite revocation of the driver license and suspension of all registered vehicles. The driver license will not be eligible for reinstatement until enrollment into the IID Program has been completed.

Eligibility (current DC driver license holders)

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a DC driver license.
  • Have either been convicted in court or administratively of an alcohol/drug-related driving offense.
  • Not have any additional or pending license suspensions or revocations.
  • Have not been convicted of causing injury or death while operating a motor vehicle in any jurisdiction.
  • Have enrolled or completed a District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) approved substance abuse treatment program.
  • Have not previously unsuccessfully participated in this program or any similar program in another jurisdiction for five years prior to the date of the application.
  • Obtain and maintain High Risk SR22 Insurance.
  • Satisfy DC Clean Hands requirements.

Eligibility (new resident converting out-of-state driver license)

If you are an out-of-state driver with an ignition interlock device requirement who wishes to convert an out-of-state license to a DC DMV IID restricted license, you must:

  • Meet requirements to be issued a DC driver license (REAL ID/Limited Purpose).
  • Be currently enrolled or eligible in another state/jurisdiction’s certified IID program.
  • Currently possess a valid out-of-state driver license.
  • Provide a certified driving record (issued within the last 30 days) from the licensing jurisdiction.
  • Provide IID monthly reports reflecting activity and triggered events (if applicable).
  • Provide proof of substance abuse treatment enrollment or completion from the jurisdiction in which the offense occurred.
  • Title and register the out-of-state vehicle in the District of Columbia.
  • Visit and obtain an IID from a DC DMV approved IID provider (if applicable).
  • Remain in the IID program for the duration of either:
  • (1) The original IID license restriction in the previous jurisdiction, or
  • (2) The IID license restriction that the driver would have received if the infraction occurred in the District of Columbia, whichever duration is longer.
  • Must remain in compliance with the jurisdiction that imposed the IID restriction.
  • Have not been convicted for causing injury or death while operating a motor vehicle in any jurisdiction.
  • Satisfy DC Clean Hands requirements.

Who we use

We are an official DUI Breathalyzer Installation/removal and repair location - We work with Intoxalock and Alcolock. We are a registered official calibration station for both of the Companies so anyone that requires servicing or repairs on a vehicle with a IID or a failure with IID Itself we are Certified in IID Maintenance/Repair Systems.