Iowa Ignition Interlock Information

In the state of Iowa, an ignition interlock device (IID) or car breathalyzer may be required for all alcohol-related Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) convictions. Offenders may regain limited driving privileges for work, school, medical purposes or even full driving privileges with the installation of an IID. The offender is responsible for all costs associated with the IID.

In the case of a first offense OWI in Iowa, the offender’s license will be suspended for six months. The offender may apply for their restricted license immediately if their BrAC was 0.15 or below, or after 30 days if their BrAC was over 0.15. A restricted license is mandatory if the offender’s BrAC was 0.10 or above and they were involved in an accident. To regain their license, the offender must first contact the Iowa DOT to verify eligibility. Then the offender must submit a restricted license application and a statement of purpose as well as pay all applicable fees, obtain proof of SR-22 insurance and complete a course for drinking drivers and a substance abuse evauluation. Once completed the offender will also be required to install their IID.

In the case of a second offense OWI in Iowa, the offender’s license will be suspended for one year. The offender may apply for their restricted license after 45 days of suspension. To regain their license, the offender must first contact the Iowa DOT to verify eligibility. The offender must then submit a restricted license application, submit statement of purpose, pay all applicable fees, obtain proof of SR-22 insurance, complete course for drinking driver, complete substance abuse evaluation and install an IID in all vehicles they own and operate. If the offender chooses not to get a restricted license, they will need to install an IID for one year after they are eligible to regain their full driving privileges.

In the case of a third or subsequent offense OWI in Iowa, the offender’s license will be suspended for six years. The offender may apply for their restricted license after one year of suspension. To regain their license, the offender must first contact the Iowa DOT to verify eligibility. The offender must then submit a restricted license application, submit statement of purpose, pay all applicable fees, obtain proof of SR-22 insurance, complete course for drinking driver, complete substance abuse evaluation and install an IID in all vehicles they own and operate. If the offender chooses not to get a restricted license, they will need to install an IID for one year after they are eligible to regain their driving privileges.

If the offender was stopped for drunk driving and refused the breathalyzer, or to take a field sobriety test, their license will be suspended for one year on their first refusal and two years on their second. They may apply for a Temporary Restricted License 90 days after the effective suspension date for the first refusal and one year after the second.

Contact the Iowa DOT at (515) 244-1052 or click here for more 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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