Arizona Ignition Interlock Information

In the State of Arizona an ignition interlock device (IID) is required for all DUI-related convictions, including first-time offenses. Prior to starting the vehicle, the driver is required to blow into the device. If the IID detects an alcohol content that is higher than a preset limit, as set by the state, the vehicle will not start. The IID requires rolling breath tests while the offender is operating the vehicle. If the driver’s breath alcohol content exceeds the preset limit or if a sample is not provided, the device will log the event, and will warn the driver. This warning will continue until the vehicle ignition is turned off or the driver submits a breath sample that is below the preset limit. Failure to comply with the rolling breath tests will result in a lock out and a court order for an extension to the IID requirement. The results of any and all breath samples are sent electronically by the device to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

Offenders must have IIDs installed on any and all vehicles they operate, including vehicles that are not registered in their names. Offenders who are found driving a vehicle without an IID installed will have their IID requirement extended for one year. An offender who is required to operate non-commercial vehicles as part of the normal scope of employment must have the employer complete the ignition interlock employer notification form. The offender must carry a copy of the form at all times while operating the employer-owned vehicle.

If the offender’s driver license is suspended or revoked as a result of a DUI-related conviction, the offender may be eligible for a special restricted driver license. The special restricted license is valid only during the period of suspension or revocation. Offenders must only use the special restricted licenses for driving to and from their residence, place of employment during regular work hours, secondary or post-secondary school during their educational schedule, a treatment or screening facility for scheduled appointments, the office of their probation officers for scheduled appointments, the office of a physician or other health care professional and a certified IID service facility. Driving with a special restricted license for any other purposes or during any other times will result in additional legal action. Offenders with a commercial driver license are required to obtain a class D special restricted driver license.

To receive a restricted license, the offender must contact the Arizona MVD to verify eligibility, serve a jail sentence, perform community service, install an IID and provide proof of the installation to the Arizona MVD. The offender must also submit to alcohol screenings, pay any applicable fines or fees, and comply with any ordered treatment program.

Offenders are responsible for any and all costs associated with the IID. Any offenders that do not comply with these costs or requirements will have their driving privileges suspended until proof of compliance is submitted to the Arizona MVD. If the offender fails to comply with any of these requirements, the courts will extend the IID length for an additional 6 to 12 months.

Additional resources in Arizona can be found here:

Arizona’s Department of Transportation IID FAQ

Arizona’s Department of Transportation- General IID Information

Each case may vary depending on the details of your offense or court order. If you have questions, do not hesitate to give us a call at (877) 275-3974.

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