Texas Ignition Interlock Information

If you are arrested and/or convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in the State of Texas, there are multiple penalties that you could face, including the suspension of your license or the installation of an ignition interlock device. You are legally intoxicated in Texas with a breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or greater. However, you are also considered intoxicated if you are impaired due to alcohol regardless of your BAC reading.

Depending upon the circumstances of your arrest, such as how many previous DWIs you may have, when and where you were arrested or your BAC, you could face any combination of the following requirements before you can regain your driver's license:

  • Attend an Alcohol Education Program
  • Spend time in jail
  • Serve probation
  • Perform community service
  • Obtain SR22 insurance
  • Have your license suspended
  • Obtain a restricted driver’s license authorizing you to operate a motor vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device
  • Install an ignition interlock device
  • Pay a restricted ignition interlock license fee of $10
  • Pay reinstatement fees based on offense, see Texas Department of Public Safety for more details by clicking here

These requirements could be ordered by a court, by the TxDOT, TxDPS or other monitoring authority and could be conditions of you bond, pre-trial, probation, divert or special program, electronic monitoring or other requirements based on your case. You can check your driver eligibility status at the TxDPS Driver License Division here. Your status won’t change until all compliance documents have been submitted and necessary fees have been paid.

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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