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Ignition Interlock Devices in D.C.

A person convicted of DWI/DUI/OWI in Washington D.C. can be required to install and Ignition interlock device on every vehicle he/she owns and operates. The person must blow a “clean breath sample” into the device before the car will start.  Random additional blows will be required once the vehicle is in motion to prevent potential fraud, for example, having someone else blow into the device to start the vehicle. If the driver’s BAC is above 0.02% the information will be stored in the devices memory system and sent to the courts. In addition, the car will not start and the device will cause the car’s alarm to start.

Washington D.C. also has a program which allows for a discretionary one-year reduction of the revocation period of certain drivers who have been convicted of a second or subsequent alcohol related offense. The DMV may reinstate the driving privileges of a person convicted of a second or subsequent alcohol related offense if that person satisfies all other conditions for license reinstatement and installs an approved Ignition Interlock Device. To be considered for the program, a person must have: 1) Have completed at least one year of the revocation period if revoked for two years or at least two years of the revocation period if revoked for three years; 2) have an ignition interlock device placed in his/her vehicle(s); 3) complete the necessary application; 4) Be eligible for restoration of your driver’s license and not have any additional or pending license suspensions; 5) Have not been convicted for causing injury or death while operating a motor vehicle in any jurisdiction; and 6) Have not previously participated in this program or any similar program in another jurisdiction five years prior to the date of the application.


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