Question:What is an IID?

Answer: An IID is a device wired to a vehicle's ignition that requires a breath sample from the driver before the engine will start. If the device detects alcohol on the breath, the engine will not start. As the individual drives, the device will request periodic breath samples to ensure continued absence of alcohol in the driver's system. For additional information regarding IIDs, refer to the DMV's website at

Question: What is the purpose of the IID pilot program?

Answer: The intent of the law is to reduce the number of driving under the influence (DUI) offenses and provide DMV with data that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of an IID in reducing DUIs. 3.

Question: What are the requirements of the IID pilot program?

Answer: The IID pilot program requires all individuals convicted of a DUI in one of four California counties to install an IID on every vehicle they own or drive, provide DMV with a Department of Motor Vehicles Ordered Verification of Ignition Interlock (DL 924) form, pay a $45 administrative service fee (ASF), and meet all other reinstatement requirements before DMV can reinstate, reissue, or restrict their driver license.

Question: Which four counties are involved in the IID pilot program?

Answer: The pilot program includes: Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare Counties.

Question: How do I know if I need to install an IID?

Answer: The DMV automatically mails an Order of Suspension or Revocation notice along with a DUI IID Insert or an Order of Installment of an Ignition Interlock Device when the department receives notification of a conviction for a DUI violation under California Vehicle Code (CVC) §§23152 or 23153 or Penal Code (PC) §191.5(b) which occurred in one of the pilot counties on or after July 1, 2010. The notice provides you with information about the IID pilot program and driver license reinstatement requirements.

Question: I do not live in a pilot county. Does the law apply to me if I get a DUI in a pilot county?

Answer: Yes. All offenders who are cited and convicted of a DUI violation in a pilot county are required to install an IID. The pilot is based on the county of citation and conviction, not the offender's residence address. For example, if you live in Shasta County (non-pilot county), receive a citation for a DUI violation in Alameda County (pilot county) and are subsequently convicted— you are required to comply with this law. Refer to Question 3.

Question: My DUI violation occurred in Los Angeles County on April 1, 2010; however, I was not convicted until July 15, 2010. Will I be required to install an IID?

Answer: No. Only DUI violations occurring on or after July 1, 2010, are subject to the new law.

Question: I live in a non-participating county and was cited and convicted of a DUI violation in an IID pilot county. Do I have to travel to that county to have the IID installed?

Answer: No. You may contact a local installer to have your IID installed.

Question: This is my first DUI conviction. Is the IID installation only for multiple offenders?

Answer: No. The pilot program requires all DUI offenders, including first offenders, to install an IID if the violation and conviction occurs in one of the four pilot counties from July 1, 2010, through December 31, 2015.

Question: I am a first-time DUI offender. When the IID is installed, will I have a restricted driver license such as, to drive to/from work and to an alcohol program?

Answer: No. If you are a first-time offender with a conviction under CVC §23152, once the DL 924 is provided, the $45 ASF is paid, and all other reinstatement requirements are met, you are eligible for an IID-restricted license with unlimited driving privileges.

Question: I am a first-time DUI offender. What happens to my driver license after the five-month mandatory IID restriction period ends?

Answer: At the end of the five-month mandatory IID restriction period, you may have your IID removed by a certified installer. The department will automatically remove the IID restriction from your driving record and impose a restriction that only allows you to drive to/from/during the course of your employment and to/from an alcohol treatment program, until your original DUI suspension period ends and you provide a Notice of Completion Certificate (DL 101).

Question: What option do I have to continue unlimited driving if I am a first-time DUI offender and have served the five-month mandatory IID restriction period, but still have reinstatement requirements that I have to meet?

Answer: You can request an extension of the IID restriction with unlimited driving privileges until your original DUI suspension period ends and you provide a Notice of Completion Certificate (DL 101). This requires you to maintain the IID on your vehicle(s). To request an IID restriction extension, you must immediately contact the Driver Licensing Mandatory Actions Unit at (916) 657-6525.

Question: Can I install an IID and get unlimited driving privileges if I am a firsttime DUI offender and received an Administrative Per Se (APS) suspension for the DUI arrest?

Answer: If you are a first-time DUI offender convicted under CVC §23152 and received an APS suspension, you must serve 30 days of the APS suspension before you are eligible to install an IID and obtain an IID-restricted driver license with unlimited driving privileges.

Provided by California DMV


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