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When will Virginia force you to install an ignition interlock?

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2021 | DUI

People accused of driving under the influence (DUI) in Virginia often lose their licenses. There is an administrative suspension that begins at the time of their arrest and lasts for six days. After that, if the state charges that person, they may face a longer suspension if they plead guilty to or get convicted of an impaired driving offense.

Losing your license can be a major hardship. It can affect your ability to get to your job and therefore your career. It might impact your ability to transport your children to medical appointments or care providers. Some people subject to the loss of their license can receive limited or restricted driving privileges if they install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle. When does Virginia require an IID?

Even first offenses can lead to IID requirements

If a driver accused of impaired driving needs to retain their licensing for personal or family purposes, they can seek a restricted license. Restricted licensing allows someone to drive a vehicle with an IID installed to reduce the risk of the driver repeating their prior mistake.

Someone who secures such a license has to pay for the installation of an IID because of a court order. Even those who wait to get their license back after their DUI suspension may still need to install an IID in at least one vehicle but also any other vehicle they may occasionally drive under the order of the DMV.

If someone with an IID requirement gets pulled over while driving a vehicle without an IID, they could lose their restricted privileges for that mistake. Virginia law permits the courts or the DMV to require an IID even for first-time impaired-driving offenders.

You pay for the privilege of your restricted license

Driving is a privilege under Virginia law, not a basic right. Continuing to drive after a serious moving violation with a restricted license comes at an expense. You will have to pay for the installation of your ID and for maintenance every month.

You will have to go at least six months without failing the IID testing to be able to remove the device from your vehicle. Still, successfully performing IID tests every time you drive and show that you remain committed to sobriety and safer driving. Installing an IID after an impaired-driving arrest can help you retain your freedom and demonstrate your safe driving habits.

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