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Ignition Interlock Program

Ignition Interlock Program Background
In 2013, The Fifth Judicial District (FJD) has received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to pilot an Integrated Judicial and Administrative Ignition Interlock Program that coordinates with the current state administered program.  First-time DWI offenders with an alcohol concentration level of 0.16 or above and all repeat offenders are required to install an ignition interlock device for a minimum of one year – or not drive.

An Ignition Interlock Device (IID) won’t allow the vehicle to be started if it detects alcohol on your breath.  The device may also require additional “rolling retests” while the vehicle is being driven.  There are costs of installing, leasing, calibrating and removing an IID.

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Process         
The first step to installing ignition interlock is applying to Minnesota's Driver & Vehicle Services. This must be completed in order to install ignition interlock in your vehicle.

If you cannot afford ignition interlock, assistance is available through the State and Fifth Judicial District.  You must apply for State indigency funds in order to apply for Fifth Judicial District assistance.  Those eligible for the State indigency program typically pay $25 for installation and $40 of the monthly cost of the device.  If you do not qualify for State funds or feel you need further assistance and you live in Minnesota's Fifth Judicial District, you may also complete an application for assistance through the Fifth Judicial District.

Once approved for installation and funding has been established, you may contact either of these vendors to install the ignition interlock device.

The Fifth Judicial District has created checklists with links to required forms to help you in the process to apply to the State to install ignition interlock as well as to apply for assistance through the State and Fifth Judicial District:


Options for Reinstatement

1.  First Alcohol Offense (Under 0.16 alcohol concentration):

  • Option 1
    An ignition interlock restricted license with full Class D driving privileges - 1 year
  • Option 2
    After a 15 day waiting period of no driving, a limited license will be issued allowing a person to drive to/from work, school, treatment, abstinence based support group meetings, court and probation meetings - up to 60 hours and 6 days per week
  • Option 3
    No driving for 90 days; 180 days if under age 21

2.  First Alcohol Offense (over 0.16 alcohol concentration or 1st Alcohol Offense Test Refusal):

  • Option 1
    An ignition interlock restricted license with full Class D driving privileges – 1 year
  • Option 2
    No driving for revocation period of 1 year

3.  2nd Alcohol Offense in 10 years, or 3rd Alcohol Offense on Record (Revoked status) 
(Under 0.16 alcohol concentration):

  • Option 1
    An ignition interlock restricted license with full Class D driving privileges – 1 year
  • Option 2
    No driving for revocation period of 1 year

4.  2nd Alcohol Offense in 10 years (over 0.16), 3rd Alcohol Offense (over 0.16) or 2nd Test Refusal 

  • Option 1
     An ignition interlock restricted license with full Class D driving privileges – 2 years
  • Option 2
    No driving for revocation period of 2 years

5.  License is Canceled and Denied as Inimical to Public Safety

A person whose driving privilege has been canceled and denied as inimical to public safety is required to enroll and complete the ignition interlock program in order to get their driving privilege back.  Time in the program is as follows:   

3rd Alcohol offense in 10 years or 4th on Record -3 years (1 year with limited license and 2 years with a restricted license)*

4th Alcohol Offense in 10 years - 4 years (1 year with a limited license and 3 years with a restricted license)*

5th or Subsequent Alcohol Offense - 6 years (1 year with a limited license and 5 years with a restricted license)*

* Time may be extended for violations


Frequently Asked Questions

Please also visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Ignition Interlock Frequently Asked Questions website.

1.  Do I have to install ignition interlock? 
Has a judge ordered you to do so? Then yes you must install ignition interlock.

Is your license revoked? You have the choice to wait out your revocation period or you may install ignition interlock and drive now.

Is your licensed cancelled
? In order to drive legally you must use the ignition interlock for a number of years, depending on your DWI history.

2.  Can I afford Ignition Interlock? 
If you’re driving illegally, you may not be able to afford the consequences of being caught. If your license has been cancelled – inimical to public safety, this is a gross misdemeanor criminal charge. Driving after revocation is a misdemeanor criminal charge and carries a $278 fine. If you’re on probation you may also face a probation violation for not remaining law abiding.

The Ignition Interlock program can make driving legally much more affordable than continuing to incur new criminal charges. Installation typically costs $90 - $100. The device costs on average $60 - $100 per month. The judicial district may be able to help pay for installation and a portion of the monthly cost for up to a year, depending on your income.  Financial Assistance Application Form

3.  Is there help with the $680 reinstatement fee?
Did you have a public defender represent you on your DWI case? If so, you can pay half that fee now and half later through the Partial Pay Program.

4.  I need to have a couple forms notarized. Where do I find a notary?
Usually someone at your local courthouse is a notary as are many bank employees. Most human services/social services have a few notaries, especially child support workers. Your insurance agency may also have a notary.

5.  What are the requirements for the Certificate of Insurance?
A Certificate of Insurance is required for a vehicle to be equipped for ignition interlock. This form must include the name of the ignition interlock participant, even if the participant is not the registered owner. The Department must be able to verify that the certificate of insurance is from the insurance company (not the insurance agent) by either the display of a company stamp or a direct fax from the company.

6.  What if the device does not work correctly?
Certain substances can cause issues with the ignition interlock device. Some mouthwash brands and sprays have up to 30% alcohol and can cause the device to register recent alcohol use. If you believe your device has incorrectly found a blood alcohol level and will not allow you to start your vehicle, wait until it will allow you to retest and test again. Contact your vendor and probation agent if it continues to be a problem. 

7.  What if someone else uses the device after drinking? 
The device has a camera. These pictures can be accessed to determine who used the device and registered the positive alcohol test.

8.  What are the steps to installing ignition interlock? 
Contact the Ignition Interlock Coordinator (listed on the bottom of this webpage) for an application packet that covers the steps you must take or follow these steps depending on your license status:

9.  Is my license revoked or cancelled? 
 
    Go to www.mndriveinfo.org or call 651-284-2000

10.  When can I drive my car? 
If your license is revoked:  
You are not legally able to drive until you have received notification from DVS that you have been reinstated with the ignition interlock restriction  You can check your status by calling 651-284-2000 or visiting www.mndriveinfo.org.  Once your status shows valid, you are able to drive on your yellow receipt until you receive your plastic card in the mail.

If your license is canceled:  
You are not legally able to drive until you have been issued a limited license and are in possession of it.

11.  What kind of driving privileges will I get with ignition interlock? 
Depending on your history of offenses you will be granted one of two types of licenses:

• Restricted License. With a restricted license, you may drive anywhere as long as the device is installed in your vehicle. After a license cancellation, a person with a restricted license will have a notation on their driver's license stating "ignition interlock required" - meaning a person must drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock installed.  

• Limited License. With a limited license, you will be allowed to drive to work, school, treatment and support programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, to court and probation appointments.  

12.  How long will I need to be on ignition interlock?
Options for Reinstatement

13.  What if I need to drive a vehicle for my job?
If you are self-employed you must install ignition interlock in your vehicle.

If you drive an employer-owned vehicle complete the Employment Exemption for Ignition Interlock Form and send it with your ignition interlock application.

For additional information please contact:
Miranda Rosa
201 Lake Avenue, Room 243
Fairmont, MN  56031
507-238-3226
507-402-9375 (Cell)
miranda.rosa@courts.state.mn.us