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The Minnesota ignition interlock device process can be stressful at first, but Intoxalock is here to help. This guide will cover what to do to regain your driving privileges with an IID in Minnesota.
Minnesota State Law Update - Effective August 1, 2021
Minnesota allows offenders convicted of DWI to regain their driving privileges by installing an ignition interlock device (IID) and meeting other criteria. Read and learn more.
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With the recent Minnesota state law changes, effective August 1, 2021, the state eliminated the waiting period for those required to get interlocks. Additionally, offenders will not need to get special impoundment plates that were previously required for those in the IID program, and testing requirements and location restrictions are no longer in effect for IID licenses. Finally, repeat offenders will now participate in a compliance-based removal. This means customers will be required to complete the program and their IID term may be extended if they re-offend.
The legal BAC limit in Minnesota is .08 percent, and the state considers anyone at or above this level to be in violation of the law. The state also has harsher penalties for offenders with a BAC at or above .16, or twice the limit. There are financial and administrative penalties for offenders.
For those with a BAC that’s above .16, or those with a child in the car, the offense has harsher penalties. They include a year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine, one year without driving privileges (unless they get a restricted license and install an IID), and impoundment of all license plates registered in the offender’s name.
For those with a BAC that’s above .16, or those with a child in the car, the penalties are a year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine, two years without driving privileges, and impoundment of all license plates registered in the offender’s name. Offenders may be able to regain privileges by installing an IID.
The penalties and fines may differ depending on the specifics of the DWI incident.
In Minnesota, offenders who wish to regain their driving privileges have to meet a variety of criteria. Some may be able to obtain a limited license, which only allows them to drive to certain locations like school and work. This typically applies to those who are more than twice the legal BAC limit or had other extenuating circumstances during their offense like a child in the car.
Other offenders are eligible for a restricted license. A restricted license does not limit where the offender can drive, but it does require them to install and use an ignition interlock device. Offenders must also:
Minnesota requires ignition interlock devices for all DWI offenders who wish to regain driving privileges.
Offenders are responsible for the cost of installing and leasing the ignition interlock device, but Minnesota does offer financial assistance for those in need. The court or Driver Vehicle Services determine who is eligible for this financial aid. The typical cost of an ignition interlock device is between $2.50 and $3.50 per day.
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