Do I Need to Install an IID if I Don't Own a Car?
When installed, ignition interlock devices (IIDs) prevent you from starting your vehicle with alcohol in your system. If you’ve been convicted of drunk driving, you might have to install an IID as part of your sentence, or as a means of regaining driving privileges. Some states also require IIDs as a condition of bail or upon arrests. Many states have restricted driver’s licenses or ignition interlock laws that require you to install a device to get your restricted driver’s license.
But what if you don’t own a car - do you still need to install an interlock device? Your state’s ignition interlock requirement impacts any vehicle you drive, not only vehicles you own.
Fulfilling IID Requirements if You Don’t Legally Own a Vehicle
State laws vary, but every state has a form of IID requirements in place. If your state offers restricted driver’s licenses to DUI offenders who install an IID, the legal requirement will be reflected in a note on your digital driver’s record. It will state that you’re required to install an IID, and that you’re only allowed to drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock device. This includes borrowed vehicles or vehicles owned by another family member or friend.
Do I Need the Legal Vehicle Owner's Permission to Install an IID?
Yes, you will need the registered owner’s written permission in order to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. In some cases, they may need to accompany you to the installation appointment. Your Intoxalock state specialist can help guide you through this process if you are unsure of regulations in your state.
Sharing a vehicle with an IID Installed
If you share a car with another family member or friend, they will need to be aware of the interlock device, as well as how to use the IID. Be sure that they are legally licensed and sober when using the vehicle. Remember, they will need to blow into the interlock device to start it, as well as during random retests.
Demonstrating Non-Use of a Vehicle
A few states, like California or Pennsylvania, allow you to apply for a waiver verifying you don’t own or have reasonable access to a vehicle. Be sure to talk to an expert to help guide you through your state’s process.
Also, remember that if you buy a car in the future, you will be required to install an IID during your requirement period.
Do I Need to Install an IID if I Drive a Company Vehicle?
IID laws may apply if you drive a company vehicle. You may need to install an ignition interlock device in your work vehicle to comply with the law. If you’re a commercial driver’s license holder, a DUI conviction may cause you to lose your CDL. You may have the commercial endorsement revoked, making it impossible for you to drive a work vehicle during the IID suspension period. Some states have work vehicle exemptions. Be sure to talk to an Intoxalock state specialist to help determine what is the correct procedure for your state.
Getting Around an Ignition Interlock Installation Requirement
It’s not easy, and definitely not recommended. Some people think they can bypass the interlock installation requirement by renting a car when they need a vehicle to drive. However, when you receive a drunk driving conviction and have a suspended license, that information will be stored in your driver's license file. This means that any rental company who accesses the file to verify your license will see that you have an IID requirement. It’s unlikely they will rent to you, and anyone pulling you over for any reason would also see the requirement in your file. This can lead to further penalties.
What Happens if I Drive Without a Required Ignition Interlock?
It’s seriously risky to drive without an IID if it's required. If you are ordered to install an ignition interlock by a judge or court, Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles or a probation officer, you do need to follow the order. If you are caught driving without an IID, you can face serious consequences including:
- License suspension or revocation
- Penalties fines, tickets, or car impoundment
- Added time to your IID requirement
- Increased legal expenses
- Jail time
The risk of driving without an ignition interlock device isn’t worth it. You could find yourself with additional penalties on top of your original DUI conviction. For help scheduling an ignition interlock device installation, call Intoxalock at (833) 623-0200.