Navigating the Ignition Interlock Device Process After a DWI Conviction in NJ

Facing a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) conviction in New Jersey is a challenging ordeal, but understanding the process of dealing with an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) can make it more manageable. If you find yourself in this situation, this article will guide you through the steps involved in installing, using, and eventually removing the IID to regain your driving privileges.

Installation of the Ignition Interlock Device

After a DWI conviction in New Jersey, you’ll receive a court order to install an Ignition Interlock Device in your vehicle. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The court will “forfeit” your driving privileges, meaning you cannot drive during this period.
  • Your physical driver’s license will be collected by the court.
  • The court will specify the duration of the IID installation, which can vary based on the nature of the offense (typically ranging from 3 to 15 months).

Once you have the court order, it’s time to schedule the installation of the IID:

  • Make an appointment with an approved Ignition Interlock Manufacturer/Installation Company. You can find a list of approved manufacturers on the NJ MVC website.
  • On your scheduled installation date, bring a copy of the court’s order and certification.
  • The Installation Provider will install the IID in your vehicle, ensuring it’s properly set up.
  • You’ll receive a form confirming the IID’s installation.

Obtaining a New Driver's License

With the IID successfully installed, you can visit a Regional Motor Vehicle Commission office to obtain a new driver’s license:

  • Bring the Installation Certificate, Contract, and Invoice from your Installation Provider.
  • Pay the $100.00 Restoration Fee.
  • You’ll receive a new driver’s license that allows you to operate a motor vehicle equipped with an IID.

This new license will look like a regular driver’s license but will have a red letter notation that reads “Ignition Interlock.”

Removal of the Ignition Interlock Device

After completing the court-ordered IID installation period, you can proceed with the removal process. However, there are certain requirements that must be met:

  1. Test Compliance: During the final 30 days of the court-ordered installation period, you must have no more than one failure to take a test.

  2. BAC Compliance: During the final 30 days of the installation period, you must have no more than one failure to pass a test with a breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, unless a re-test conducted within five minutes of the initial test indicates a BAC of less than 0.08%.

  3. Maintenance Compliance: Throughout the entire installation period, you must comply with all maintenance, repair, calibration, monitoring, and inspection requirements of the device.

When you come in for your removal appointment, your Installation Provider will download the data collected by the device within the last 30 days of the sentence to verify your compliance.

If you are in compliance, your provider will complete a certificate issued by the MVC, remove the IID, and provide you with the certificate. However, if you are not in compliance, you will receive a noncompliance certificate, and the judge may extend the interlock portion of your sentence for up to 90 days. You’ll then undergo the certification process again.

If the judge orders the removal of the device, you’ll return to your Installation Provider with the documentation, and the IID will be removed. You’ll receive a certificate indicating court order compliance, and you can then visit the MVC to obtain a new unrestricted driver’s license.

Understanding the ignition interlock process is essential for successfully navigating the requirements and fulfilling your sentence after a DWI conviction in New Jersey. By following these steps and complying with the necessary guidelines, you can regain your driving privileges and work towards a brighter future.

want to get started?

Get more information on:

of ignition interlock installation in New Jersey

By checking this box, you agree to receive text messages at the number provided. Message frequency may vary. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.

Other resources

Find a NJ

Where to install

how much is
the cost

Request A Callback
Get In Touch

(856) 530-0099

Business Hours:
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Scroll to Top