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Ignition Interlock Device 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 his or her breath alcohol level exceeds the accepted level set on the device, the vehicle will not start. In addition, at different times while driving, the driver will be prompted to blow into the device to ensure he or she is not under the influence.

The IID Program allows DC DMV to reduce the license revocation periods for first or subsequent alcohol- or drug-related offenses. If you participate in the IID Program, you can get a restricted DC DMV driver license (either a restricted REAL ID license or a restricted Limited Purpose license) and drive designated vehicles with installed IIDs.

NOTE: The DC DMV REAL ID driver license is a secure, federal ID; the DC DMV Limited Purpose ID driver license is available to District residents who do not have a Social Security number.

More information on all of the steps and requirements for getting a DC DMV driver license is available at the links below:

The restriction and conditions on your driver license and on your driving will remain in place for the period in which your driver license has been revoked. That period of time will be extended if you violate the IID Program rules or commit another driving-related violation.

Eligibility

To be considered for this program, you must:

  • Contact the Driver Services Administration at (202) 727-2200 to discuss eligibility and requirements.
  • Have held a DC DMV driver license immediately prior to revocation.
  • Have either been convicted in court of an alcohol- or drug-related offense or had your license revoked administratively because of an alcohol- or drug-related 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 not previously unsuccessfully participated in this program or any similar program in another jurisdiction for 5 years prior to the date of the application.
  • Complete and submit the DC DMV Ignition Interlock Program Application and pay the application fee. The IID Program application is available at the link below:
  • IID Program Application

Information on the fee is available at the link below:

  • Obtain and maintain High Risk SR22 Insurance.
  • Meet any other criteria as required by the Director of the DMV.
  • Have the IID installed by a DC DMV approved vendor in all vehicles operated by you. DC DMV will provide the information you need at the consultation to determine whether or not you are eligible for the program.

If you have a commercial driver license (CDL), you are not eligible for an IID. Once a CDL holder has downgraded to a non-CDL, he or she may be eligible to enter the program.

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

  • Meet the requirements to convert your license to a DC license. Information on converting out-of-state licenses to DC DMV license is available at the link below:
  • Convert Out-of-State Licenses
  • Be currently enrolled (minimum of 30 days) in another state/jurisdiction’s certified IID program and have at least one vehicle with an installed IID for a minimum of 30 days before date of application.
  • Currently possess a valid out-of-state driver license with IID restriction (minimum of 30 days).
  • Provide a certified driving record (issued within the last 30 days) from the licensing jurisdiction.
  • Provide the vehicle registration and IID monthly reports reflecting activity and triggered events (30 days’ minimum reporting requirement).
  • Visit and obtain an IID from a DC DMV approved IID provider within 30 days of enrollment into the IID program. Vehicle must be registered in DC prior to visiting the IID approved provider.
  • 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.  Once enrolled in the DC DMV IID Program, you will be required to follow the DC DMV requirements for the IID Program and may also be required to continue compliance with the requirements from the court or jurisdiction that initially required or allowed the installation of the IID.
  • Have not been convicted for causing injury or death while operating a motor vehicle in any jurisdiction.
  • Complete and submit the DMV Ignition Interlock Program Application and pay the application fee. The IID Program application is available at the link below:
  • IID Program Application
  • Information on the fee is available at the link below:
  • DC DMV Fees/ Driver License Fees
  • Obtain and maintain High Risk SR22 Insurance.
  • Obtain a DC DMV driver license. More information on all of the steps and requirements for getting a DC DMV driver license is available at the links below:
  • DC DMV REAL ID Driver License
  • DC DMV Limited Purpose Driver License
  • Title and register your vehicle in the District.

Costs

IID Program participants must pay all costs involved with the installation and monthly maintenance of the IID directly to the vendor. Costs are determined by each approved vendor. 

You must also pay a DC DMV Ignition Interlock Application fee. Information on the fee is available at the link below:

General Information

If you want to participate in the IID Program, you must fill out an Ignition Interlock Device Application and have an IID installed by a DC DMV-approved vendor in all vehicles you operate. The IID Program application is available at the link below:

When the device is installed, the provider will show you how to use it, advise you about the monthly maintenance and reporting requirements, and provide you with written proof that the device was installed.

This written proof of installation and the completed application must be returned:

by email to dcdmv.iidprogram@dc.gov

by fax to (202) 727-6003

or by mail to:

DC DMV Driver Services Administration
95 M Street, SW, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20024

You must also obtain High Risk SR22 Insurance and pay a reinstatement fee to reinstate your driver license. Information on the fee is available at the link below:

If you are approved for participation in the IID Program, DC DMV will reinstate your license and issue you either a REAL ID or a Limited Purpose driver license with an IID restriction.

DC DMV records will indicate that an IID restriction has been placed on your license. Law enforcement officials are aware that individuals with this license restriction may only operate a vehicle with an IID installed.

If you violate the rules of the IID Program, you will either spend more time in the program, or you will have your driver license revoked, depending on the circumstances.

Approved Ignition Interlock Device Service Providers

You may visit the website at the link below or call the toll free number(s) below for cost, installation, or appointment information.

Alcohol Detection Systems

(800) 786-7394

Costs are determined by the independent vendors and not by DC DMV.

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