Ignition Interlock Devices in Massachusetts

When is an IID Authorized?

Massachusetts has authorized the use of ignition interlock devices (IIDs) for certain drivers convicted of alcohol related driving offenses.

When are IIDs Authorized?

Massachusetts courts authorize the installation and maintenance of an IID as a condition of reinstatement of driving privileges:

·      If you have 2 or more OUI convictions (for alcohol or con- trolled substances) and are eligible for a hardship license, you must use the IID for the length of the hardship license. You must also use the IID for an additional 2 years after your license is reinstated.

·      If you have 2 or more OUI convictions (for alcohol or con- trolled substances) and are eligible for license reinstatement, you must use the IID for 2 years after your license is reinstated. This 2-year period is in addition to any time you may have used the IID with a hardship license.

·      If a court authorizes you to use the IID for any reason, you must use the IID for the length of the court authorize.

 What’s an IID?

An IID connects to the vehicle dashboard and the driver breaths into the device prior to starting the vehicle. If the IID detects a BAC above the limit programmed the device (typically calibrated at .02%), then the engine won’t start. Read more about ignition interlock devices (IIDs).

Where Can I Find an IID Provider?

IID providers are approved for installation throughout Massachusetts. You can find a list of approved IID providers at the Massachusetts DMV website.

Who Pays For it?

In almost all cases the driver who has been convicted of a DUI/DWI pays for the installation and lease of the ignition interlock system. You can expect to pay up to $100 for installation (although some companies offer free installation) and between $75-$120 per month for the lease. This is a rough estimate and your price may be higher or lower depending on your location.

 

 

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