Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Facts About Ignition Interlocks (IID) In California

After the Court resolution of your case you should work on getting the IID, there may be some delay in the paperwork so if the provider tells you that there is nothing in the system, you should wait a few days and have them check again.

What is an IID?
An IID is a device wired to a vehicle’s ignition that requires a breath sample from the driver before the engine will start. If the device detects alcohol on the breath, the engine will not start. As the individual drives, the device will request periodic breath samples to ensure continued absence of alcohol in the driver’s system.  Many people wrongly believe they can avoid ever installing an IID if they transfer ownership of the vehicle to someone else, this may not work because the DMV will require an IID in order to get fully reinstated, also if there are any vehicles that you have access to at your residence.  

What does an IID Cost?
The cost of IID devices vary but many companies offer coupons to check around.  Some companies charge more than others but the range will be 50-75 per month.  Intoxalock will offer free installation and the first month free for most customers if you mention the promotion and that you were referred by an attorney.  Shop around though to find a deal that works for you, call a couple different installers.
Here is a link to one special IID offer, IID Discount

The following is a list of all Ignition Interlock Providers:

Low Cost Interlock
(800) 352-4872
Lifesafer Interlock, Inc.
(800) 210-8087
Draeger Safety Diagnostics
(800) 332-6858
Best Labs, Inc.
(877) 715-2253
(877) 258-5696
Instant Interlock
(800) 957-0036
Smart Start, Inc.
(800) 880-3394
Global Interlock Service
(877) 794-3984
Skyfine USA
(888) 886-5016
Autosense International
(800) 498-9071
(877) 777-5020
Guardian Interlock Systems
(800) 499-0994
Blow and Drive Interlock Inc.
(877) 238-4492
Alcohol Detection Systems, Inc.
(888) 786-7384
Budget IID LLC
(844) 551-4883
Alco Alert Interlock, Inc.
(888) 663-9847
A & A Interlock Services
(800) 749-7791

Do I Need to Install an IID?
Yes, if you are convicted of a DUI in any one of the four pilot counties for a violation that occurred from July 1, 2010, through December 31, 2015. Before a driver license can be reissued, you must serve a specified period of suspension or revocation and provide the DMV with the following:
• A Department of Motor Vehicles Ordered Verification of Ignition Interlock, DL 924, form.
• An alcohol treatment program Proof of  Enrollment Certificate, DL 107, or Notice of Completion Certificate, DL 101 form.
 • A California Insurance Proof Certificate, SR 22.
• Pay all applicable reinstatement fees and a $45 administrative service fee.
Once you comply with all reinstatement requirements, DMV will restrict you to drive only vehicles equipped with a certified IID (in addition to any other applicable restrictions) until your IID restriction ends. 

During your IID restriction period, you cannot drive vehicles that are not equipped with a functioning IID. The term of the IID restriction period is based on the initial DUI offense and the number of DUI related offenses you have within the prior 10 years, as specified below:
Number of Offenses Within 10 Years
IID Restriction Period for Conviction of California Vehicle Code (CVC) §23152
IID Restriction Period for Conviction of CVC §23153 or California Penal Code §191.5(b)
5 months
12 months
12 months
24 months
24 months
36 months
4 or more
36 months
48 months

How do I get an IID Installed? 

Contact a California certified IID installer. To obtain a list of certified IID Installers you may:
• Visit DMV’s website at
www.dmv.ca.gov/vehindustry/ol/forms/ignitioninterlockdevicelist.htm. • Call DMV at 1-800-777-0133.
• Visit a DMV field office.

IID installers in all counties are required to offer eligible pilot program participants reduced fees for IID installations and calibrations. The cost will be determined by your family’s income in comparison to current federal poverty guidelines.

 What Happens After an IID is Installed?
Once installed in your vehicle, the IID must be calibrated and inspected by a certified installer at least every 60 days. The inspections ensure that the device is working properly with no evidence of tampering. If the installer notifies DMV that you failed to comply with any of the IID requirements, DMV will “pause” the IID restriction. You will be ineligible to operate a vehicle until DMV receives a new DL 924 or a letter from the IID installer indicating that the IID remains installed and is functioning correctly, or that you are back in compliance with the IID maintenance and calibration requirements. The full restriction term must be served before the IID restriction will be removed from your driving record. If you violate your restriction and drive a vehicle without a functioning IID during your IID

 What if I Don’t own a Vehicle?
To qualify for an exemption, you must submit a signed Exemption for Ignition Interlock Device, DL 4055B, form that certifies under penalty of perjury that you:
• Do not own a vehicle.
NOTE: If you own a vehicle that is on a nonoperational status, you do not qualify for an exemption. DMV will access your registration record(s) to verify the certification.
  • No longer have access to a vehicle at your place of residence.
  • No longer have access to the vehicle used when your DUI offense occurred.
    DMV will only approve signed exemption requests that are submitted within 30 days of the suspension or revocation notice mail date.
    Additional information regarding the IID pilot program, IID installation, and related costs are available at www.dmv.ca.gov/dl/ iid_pilot_program_q-a.pdf.
    Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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