Driving Across State Lines with an Ignition Interlock Device

December 14, 2017

Driving across State lines with an ignition interlock device can bring up a lot of questions about rules and permissions.

First things first, what is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a breathalyzer that is connected to your car’s ignition system and can grant and forbid driving permission based on preset alcohol levels. A person blows into an IID, it registers the alcohol level and compares it to the preset amount of alcohol allowed. If the level exceeds the preset amount, the car will not be able to start.

How does a person execute the test?

The driver blows into the IID, like most breathalyzers but IID’s are required to have a certain type of pattern or rhythm to the blow to identify you as a human. If alcohol is detected erroneously, the driver will be given subsequent attempts to blow into the device. Sometimes these attempts are blocked for a few minutes depending on the regulations of the state.

What else should I know about an IID?

Ignition interlock devices are typically used to keep previous DUI offenders from drinking and driving.  All data registered is sent to the authority overlooking the device holder’s activity. Randomly, the IID will request a sample while driving.

What else should know about driving with an IID?

You can still drive with an IID. Because of the nature of today’s workforce and necessary transportation, IID’s have largely replaced the traditional consequence of revoking driving privileges for DUI offenders. This means that you can still get to school, to work and to other essential functions of your life.

Can I drive across State lines with an IID?

Yes, you can drive where ever you like with your IID.  Whether you have to cross borders for business or need to attend your cousin’s wedding three states over, you are free to go about your life and drive where ever you’d like.

As long as long as you have permission to leave the state as an individual, an IID on your car cannot hold you back.

As you prepare to take your trip, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure that your travels go smoothly:

  • Let your probation officer or IID reporting agency know that you are traveling and cross state lines.
  • Ensure that your license permits you to cross state lines.
  • Driving out of state does not grant permission to drive without your IID. If you are caught driving without the device intact, you will find yourself facing more serious consequences.
  • If you plan to have a service appointment out of state, it is wise to set up the appointment before traveling. Check with the DMV or the person monitoring your IID to ensure that there is a facility for you to visit in the state of your travels or temporary residence.
  • Traveling is not an excuse to miss scheduled service appointments. Most IID companies have facilities available in other states, so make sure to make arrangements before leaving.

All traveling permissions are set by the court ruling and DMV guidelines, so be sure to fully understand what restrictions are set during IID administering. IID limits are determined by your alcohol levels, so basically stay sober and drive wherever you please!

If you have an IID you can still travel, just be aware the rules to stay safe and out of trouble. For any questions about your IID or ignition interlock device laws, reach out to our team at MyDUISolution.com – we are always available and happy to help you.