Ignition Interlock Devices in New Mexico

When is an IID Authorized?

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

When are IIDs Authorized?

New Mexico courts authorize the installation and maintenance of an IID as a condition of reinstatement of driving privileges for all drivers convicted of a DUI whose licenses have been revoked or suspended. The period of use of IIDs is as follows:

  • 1st offender -- 1 year
  • 2nd conviction – 2 years
  • 3rd conviction -  3 years
  • for life for a fourth or subsequent conviction, except the driver may periodically apply to a district court to remove the IID.

 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 New Mexico. You can find a list of approved IID providers here.

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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