Third Judicial District Ignition Interlock Program

The Third Judicial District's Ignition Interlock Program serves those that either live in or have a criminal case that originated in the Third Judicial District.  Third Judicial District serves the following counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona.

The Ignition Interlock Program enhances public safety by giving the eligible alcohol offender the option of having an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed on his or her vehicle, helping to ensure safe and legal driving. The device is the size of a hand-held calculator and includes a blowing tube. The IID is installed near the steering wheel and connected to the engine. The IID prevents a vehicle from starting if it detects a certain alcohol concentration level after the driver blows into the tube. The device requires additional “rolling retests” while the vehicle is being driven.  There are costs of installing, leasing, calibrating and removing an IID.

The Ignition Interlock Program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) division.

Effective July 1, 2011, first-time alcohol offenders with an alcohol concentration of 0.16 or above and all second-time alcohol offenders have the option of regaining their driving privileges by participating in the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Program

Drivers that received a notice of revocation or cancelation prior to July 1, 2011, have the option of enrolling in the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Device Program.

Drivers whose licenses are canceled and whose privileges are denied as "inimical to public safety" are required to enroll in the Ignition Interlock Program for a period of three to six years in order to regain full driving privileges. 

In 2016, the Third Judicial District received a grant from the DPS, Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to develop an Integrated Judicial and Administrative Ignition Interlock Program that coordinates with the current state administered program. 
 
To apply for the Ignition Interlock program applicants must submit an application to Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS), a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.  DVS must confirm that the applicant meets eligibility requirements prior to installation.

The Third Judicial District has checklists with links to required forms to help you in the application process to the State for ignition interlock as well as to apply for assistance through the DVS and the Third Judicial District:
 
The Third Judicial District Ignition Interlock Program will facilitate enrollment and may provide financial assistance to participants so they can drive legally and safely. The eligibility factors are income, household size and child support obligations.

Below are some of the financial benefits offered by the Ignition Interlock Program for eligible applicants:
 
  • The Third Judicial District will pay entire installation fee.
  • The Third Judicial District will pay the entire account set up fee
  • The Third Judicial District will pay 25%, 50% or 90% of the monthly lease and monitoring fee for up to 12 months.
Those eligible for assistance through the Program are responsible for the cost of recalibration, recall, resets and device removal. (Effective March 1, 2017)
Once applicants who are approved to receive financial assistance from the Third Judicial District and are also approved for installation by Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS), a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the Ignition Interlock Coordinator will facilitate device installation with the participant and the certified installation center.

All applicants receiving financial assistance from the Third Judicial District are required to use Intoxalock as the vendor.

All other potential Ignition Interlock participants can chose one of the following Ignition Interlock manufacturers certified through the State of Minnesota's Department of Public Safety.

Intoxalock
(877) 777-5020
www.Intoxalock.com

Smart Start
(952) 224-7050
www.SmartStartMN.com

Alcolock
(855) 855-4542
www.alcolockusa.com

Draeger, Inc.
(800) 332-6858
https://www.draeger.com/en-us_us/Ignition-Interlock?cid=dl-us-2017-06-23-mngov

Lifesafer Interlock Inc.
(800) 745-0331
www.lifesafer.com
 
For additional information please contact:

Brad Nelson
Ignition Interlock Program Coordinator
Third Judicial District Administration Office
1696 Greenview Drive SW, Ste. A
Rochester, MN 55902
Office:  (507) 206-2313
FAX:  (507) 285-7476
E-mail: brad.nelson@courts.state.mn.us