Minnesota Ignition Interlock Information

In the state of Minnesota, an ignition interlock device (IID) may be required for all alcohol-related Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) convictions. The offender is responsible for all costs associated with the IID.

In the case of a first offense DWI in Minnesota, the offender’s license will be suspended. The offender may be able to obtain a restricted license with full class D driving privileges by paying applicable fees, apply for a Class D driver’s license and retain receipt, pass the DWI knowledge test, provide proof of insurance, sign an IID participation agreement and submit required documents to MN DVS, go to the Deputy Register to purchase special plates and install an IID.

In the case of a second offense DWI in Minnesota within ten years, the offender’s license will be suspended for one to two years. The offender may be able to obtain a restricted license by paying applicable fees, pass the DWI knowledge test, sign a Special Review Awareness Form, provide proof of insurance, sign an IID participation agreement, go to the Deputy Register to purchase special plates and install an IID.

In the case of a third or subsequent offense DWI in Minnesota within ten years or have four or more alcohol offenses on record, the offender’s license will be canceled as inimical to public safety. The offender may still be able to regain driving privileges with the installation of an IID. To regain their license, the offender must enroll in a treatment program as recommended by a chemical evaluation (the treatment provider or assessor must submit enrollment documents to MN DVS directly), provide proof of insurance, pass a DWI knowledge test, sign an Ignition Interlock Participation Agreement, complete a Limited License Application, sign a Last Use Statement Form, go to the Deputy Register to purchase special plates and Install and IID.

In the case of third and subsequent offenses offenders must drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock device and have no detection of alcohol or drugs for:

3rd Offense: Three years with an ignition interlock (one year limited license and two years restricted license)

4th Offense: Four years with an ignition interlock (one year limited license and three years restricted license)

5th Offense: Six years with an ignition interlock (one year limited license and five years restricted license)

  • A limited license is a paper license that is issued while driving privileges are revoked allowing you to drive to work, school and abstinence-based support programs.
  • A restricted license allows a person to only drive a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock. (some work vehicles may not be included)

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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