Ignition Interlock Device Removal | Low Cost Interlock (2023)

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If you made the reckless decision to drink and drive, you have very likely paid some hefty penalties to the state and society in order to make amends. Typically, this involves fees, fines, alcohol education classes, and the installation of a court-ordered ignition interlock device. So, if you are reaching the end of your sentencing, you may be itching to be free of all of these constraints.

There’s no denying it, having an interlock device on your car is a hassle. You want it off as quick as possible. But first, you have to pay back your dues to society. Abide by the rules and regulations and you will have it off in no time. Naturally, you might be curious what happens when you do finally reach the end of the line; below, we will discuss everything pertaining to the removal of your ignition interlock device.

Initial Sentencing Interlock Time Requirements

During your initial sentencing, the presiding judge will study the circumstances surrounding your case and then pass adjudication. Whether or not you are required to have an interlock device depends on several factors, including:

  • The state you reside in – Some states have mandatory interlock device installation for even first-time offenders.
  • The severity of the DUI – Some states draw the line at .15 BAC.
  • Whether this is a first time or repeat offense – Other states have mandatory interlock device installation for repeat offenders.

In addition, the specifics of your case and the supervising judge will determine the time period that you will be required to drive a vehicle with an interlock device. Once that is all determined, you are obligated to fulfill the installation requirements and prove to the state and DMV that you are doing so. If you are ordered to have the device for a year, that year begins the day after the initial installation; however, program violations can extend the duration which you will be required to have the device in your car.

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Ways to Extend the Removal Period

If you want to remove the device at the originally forecasted date, then it behooves you to follow the law and avoid committing device violations. One violation is bad enough, but multiple offenses can result in a host of negative repercussions, including:

  • A charge of driving on a suspended
  • Additional fines
  • An interlock timeline extension
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Extended license suspension period
  • Prison sentencing
  • Vehicle confiscation

To avoid having the ignition interlock device installed for the minimum required time, it is necessary that you make a concerted effort to avoid common violations, such as:

  • Failing the initial breath test – Low Cost Interlock devices are calibrated to detect alcohol at .03 BAC. If you perform a breath test and provide a sample that surpasses this threshold, you will receive a warning. Multiple warnings can turn into violations, which can result in pushing back the device removal date anywhere from 1 to 3 months. If you try to drive and provide a breath test above .08, it is an automatic violation that will result in stiff penalties.
  • Failing a rolling re-test – If you have someone blow in your device on your behalf to get started and pass the test, but you then proceed to fail the rolling re-test, the device will record the sample, and you will receive a device violation.
  • Missing rolling re-test – If you ignore the device when it requests a rolling re-test, it is counted as an automatic violation, which will push back the date of your device’s removal.
  • Meddling with the device – If you attempt to remove the device, alter it in any way or circumvent the breath test submission, you could be hit with multiple violations, if not worse. Examples of tinkering include:
  • Attempting to remove the device on your own
  • Going to the mechanic and not notifying LCI about a possible vehicle and device power outage.
  • Having someone else blow into the device so you can drive.
  • Messing with the vehicle or the device’s wiring to pass a test
  • Physically altering the device in order to leave it inoperable or only partly working.
  • Taking the interlock device to an uncertified service center.
  • Failure to pay – If you do not pay all the fees that are involved in your lease agreement.
  • Failure to appear – If you do not make it in time for your recalibration appointment or notify them as to the reason behind your absence.

Ignition Interlock Device Removal Paperwork

Every state in the country, as well as Washington DC, has its ownignition interlock laws on the books. The duration of your interlock timeline depends on the severity of the case, whether it was a first time or repeat offense, and any violations you committed while you had the device. Once you have finished your interlock program, you can begin the process for the interlock device removal.

If you are nearing the terminus of your mandated ignition interlock device program, and you have obeyed the rules program in a manner that did not result in any extensions, you will want to fill out removal paperwork. Low Cost Interlock cannot legally remove your ignition interlock device without the proper paperwork. Depending on the state you are in, some states will automatically send you the required forms, and others will require a request for the forms. Ask your probation officer or the DMV for further information about your specifics.

Paperwork includes:

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Ignition Interlock Device Installation and Removal Request (DL 925)

The DL 925 form authorizes the release of specific information about your eligibility to Low Cost Interlock. To fill this out you must provide the following information:

  • Driver Information
    • Driver’s license number
    • Birthdate
    • Last name
    • First name
    • Middle name
  • Installer Information
    • Date of request
    • Request for removal
    • Ignition interlock device installer name
    • Installer license number
    • Street address
    • Contact name
    • Phone number

Once this form has been signed and sent in, the mandatory actions unit (MAU) can disclose information about your status to Low Cost Interlock. According to the California DMV Ignition Interlock Device Handbook, this can include additional required steps such as:

  • “Contact DMV for additional information regarding another action on the participant’s driving record.
  • Provide proof of enrollment in, or completion of, a drinking driver program (DDP).
  • Submit a California Insurance Proof Certificate (SR 22). The necessary installation form(s) will be determined based on the IIDP requirements.

Multiple installation forms may need to be completed and maintained in the participant’s program file.” Only after all the proper paperwork has been signed, sorted, and filed, can Low Cost Interlock begin the device removal process.

Ignition Interlock Device Removal

Once you have sent in the device removal paperwork, you can go about contacting the service center nearest to you. Per Low Cost Interlock, “Do not remove the device yourself, a trained technician must complete this to ensure you are compliant with your monitoring authority regulations. If you attempt to remove the device yourself, some states will consider this a device circumvention and you will be subject to stricter penalties including utilizing the ignition interlock for a longer period and in some jurisdictions, this is considered a Class 4 Felony.”

Take the following steps to have the device removed:

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  1. Make sure that you meet your jurisdictional requirements for device removal and confirm that you have not received an extension to the removal date.
  2. Go to the Interlock Installation Locations page and type in your name, phone number, and zip code, to find the location nearest to you.
  3. Contact Low Cost Interlock’s 24/7 bilingual customer support team in order to schedule an appointment to remove your ignition interlock device.
  4. On the date of your appointment, take your vehicle to the designated Low Cost Interlock location and pay the removal fees.
  5. A certified professional will begin the device removal process, which takes less than 60 minutes. During this, the device will be removed from the vehicle, and your car’s electronic systems will be reset to their pre-installation condition.

Driving Safely

Upon the removal of your device, you will once more be free and no longer burdened by the presence of the device in your vehicle. However, now the responsibility is back in your hands to drive safely and to avoid repeating a mistake. Studies on DUI recidivism show that drivers who have been found guilty of a past DUI are far more likely to repeat that offense. A 2010 study concluded,

On average, the annual rate of a subsequent violation was 7.15 times higher among drivers with 1 prior than among drivers with no prior violations, which means that the rate of a subsequent violation was increased 615% by the first violation. Furthermore, we found that, compared with drivers with no prior violation, the rate of committing a new violation was 10.6 times greater for drivers with 2 prior violations and 14.9 times greater for drivers with 3 or more prior violations. Remarkably, the second and third or higher prior violations still increased the rate of a subsequent violation, but not as dramatically as did the first; the second prior violation increased the rate of recidivism by 48% over the first, and the third or higher by 42% over the second.

Knowing this, it is essential that you take all the proper precautions to avoid further violations, not only for your own well-being but for the innocent strangers who share the road with you. In order to avoid another DUI consider taking the following steps:

  • Give up drinking – If you find that you have trouble moderating your drinking habits, then it may be wise for both your health and wallet to give it up. Regular alcohol consumption is an expensive habit on its own, without all the additional costs of violating laws while under the influence.
  • Use a ride share service – These days, with Uber and Lyft, there is no excuse for drinking and driving as ride share applications make it so you can hire a sober driver anywhere at any time. A $15 cab fare is infinitely cheaper than just the initial $1,000 to $5,000 DUI fine.
  • Enlist a designated driver – If you are going out with a group, ensure that at least one person is being responsible that night and is acting as the sober driver. It is critical that this person understands the expectations and that you trust them to uphold their promise.
  • Use public transportation – If you have busses, trains, or subways near you, then take full advantage of them. They are cheap and easy ways to get home safely without having to worry about a sober driver.
  • You can keep the interlock device even after your mandated period – If you feel like you do not have the mental fortitude to avoid driving under the influence, you can continue to lease your device. As such the monitoring reports will be sent to you and not the government.
  • Book a hotel or sleepover – If you are going into the city or somewhere that is a good distance away, consider booking a hotel or arranging to stay on a friend’s couch that is nearby.

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LCI wants to make your time with the interlock device goes as seamlessly as possible. From installation to removal, we are here for you and want to help you avoid any further missteps. The installation and removal processes should not take any longer than an hour. Our goal is to get you in and out with no hassle. So, if you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact us right away!


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National Conference of State Legislatures. Drunken Driving. http://www.ncsl.org/research/transportation/drunken-driving.aspx

Occupational Health and Safety. California’s Ignition Interlock Law Takes Effect Jan. 1. (2018). https://ohsonline.com/articles/2018/12/21/ignition-interlock-law-takes-effect.aspx

California DMV. Ignition Interlock Device Program Handbook. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/wcm/connect/a740a869-12f8-4a1c-a195-6a042dc4010c/DL+919+N5-2015+WWW.PDF?MOD=AJPERES

NCBI. Rauch, W. Risk of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Recidivism Among First Offenders and Multiple Offenders. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2853607/

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Why will my low cost interlock not turn on? ›

If the ignition interlock device won't turn on, the most common culprit is the battery. In most cases, it is either low or has died completely. In line with this, check your vehicle battery first to ensure it's working. At times, ignition interlock devices can drain the vehicle's battery.

Is there a way to bypass interlock? ›

How Can You Bypass Your Ignition Interlock?
  1. Using compressed air instead of your own breath to blow into the interlock.
  2. Asking a friend to blow into the interlock to start your car.
Feb 10, 2015

What does violation 1 mean on intoxalock? ›

1. Failed breath sample. This is the most common cause of lockouts. If you blow into the device and provide a sample with a breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) above what's allowed in your state, it will be read as failed and you won't be able to start your car.

What is the smallest interlock device? ›

Smallest and Easiest To Use Device

The L250 Ignition Interlock is our smallest handset with the most reliable technology. It's designed to prevent you from being able to start your vehicle until you pass the alcohol test.

Can interlock drain your battery? ›

MYTH: Using an ignition interlock device will drain your car battery. Reality: Unless you don't start your vehicle for around 10 consecutive days, this device won't drain your battery to the point where your car can't start.

Why does my interlock keep saying try again? ›

If you get an Invalid Sample error, the device screen may also display Try Again, or Blow Test Error. This simply means there was a problem with the test. Perhaps you didn't blow into the device correctly. No worries.

What foods will set off an interlock device? ›

What Foods Do I Avoid with My Interlock?
  • Spicy Foods. Spicy meals are constantly used as an example that will cause 'false positive' results in Interlocks. ...
  • Sugary Foods. One of the most common culprits is yeast. ...
  • Fruit & Fruit Drinks. ...
  • Vinegar. ...
  • Energy Drinks. ...
  • Vanilla Extract. ...
  • Mouthwash. ...
  • Breath Spray.
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How long after you stop drinking can you pass an interlock device? ›

So the answer to the question, How long after you stop drinking can you pass an ignition interlock device test? is anywhere from 12 to 24 hours after your last drink. So really, you shouldn't plan to drive unless it's been at least 12 hours since your last drink.

What BAC will fail an intoxalock? ›

What Happens if You Fail an Interlock Test? You need to keep your BAC below 0.02% to pass the initial breath test. If you fail a breathalyzer in your car, your vehicle will not turn on and you'll have to wait sometime before you can take the test again.

Does intoxalock camera record? ›

The answer to this very commonly asked question is an emphatic no. The camera on an interlock device is not capable of recording video; it is merely snapping a photo any time a person provides a breath sample.

Can intoxalock give false readings? ›

These false positives can occur even when you have not consumed any alcohol whatsoever. A number of foods and other substances have been known to cause false results with breathalyzer testing. The same substances can also lead to false results with an ignition interlock device.

Is there an alternative to an interlock device? ›

Periodic Alcohol Monitoring

Some states require those convicted of a drunk driving to abstain from alcohol and to wear an alcohol monitor such as an ankle bracelet that periodically measures alcohol levels from the wearer's skin.

What is the easiest interlock device to use? ›

The L250 ignition interlock device is the easiest device to use on the market. It features a slim, discreet design and easy to understand blow patterns to make sure you get back on the road fast. The accuracy of the L250 is unmatched to ensure that you get an accurate reading every time.

Can a interlock mess up starter? ›

Ignition Interlock Device Installation is Worry-Free

The IID consists of two components: the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) and the handheld device. The technician will physically wire the ECU into your vehicle's starter system. This will not damage your starter or electrical system.

Why is my interlock killing my battery? ›

Occasionally an interlock user will have problems with a battery that seems to drain too fast. The fault could be a defective device, but most times it's caused by an old battery or defective alternator.

Can interlock systems pick up more than alcohol? ›

An Ignition Interlock is manufactured to exclusively detect alcohol. Currently, Ignition Interlocks do not detect anything other than alcohol. Drugs are not made up of any alcohol properties, so the Ignition Interlock will not detect it, such as someone's THC level.

Will toothpaste set off interlock? ›

Because the devices are very sensitive, they can detect even small amounts of alcohol which may be present in substances such as food or toothpaste. Due to this it is recommended that you do not eat or drink ten minutes before taking a test and while driving.

What happens if I unplug my interlock? ›

If you do remove or disable the device, your IID provider will be notified of the removal and will notify your state legal authority that you are no longer in compliance with your ignition interlock requirement.

What does abort 15 mean on interlock device? ›

In a nutshell, the ABORT error code means there is a problem with the handset. ABORT could mean that something is blocking the airflow into the IID. You might have inadvertently blown item into the mouthpiece, such as a piece of gum, or food debris.

How do you beat a cheap breathalyzer? ›

You can beat a breathalyzer by hyperventilating, exercising, or holding your breath before you blow. Fact: An often-cited decades-old study found that hyperventilation and vigorous exercise did indeed lower subjects' BAC readings by as much as 10%.

Does peanut butter stop a breathalyzer? ›

In short, using peanut butter to beat breathalyzer tests isn't an effective solution, and here's why: high levels of sodium found in peanuts and other legume by-products will neutralize ethanol (or alcohol) — but not by much.

How do you sober up to pass a breathalyzer? ›

There's no fast way to sober up once alcohol is in the bloodstream. The only way to sober up is to wait for the alcohol to metabolize. However, the body can only process a limited amount of alcohol per hour. Meaning if someone takes four shots of liquor in a row, those drinks enter their bloodstream one at a time.

How long will 1 beer show up on a breathalyzer? ›

Generally, a breathalyzer test can test positive for alcohol for up to 12 hours after consuming one alcoholic drink. The average urine test can also detect alcohol 12-48 hours later. If your BAC is 0.08, it will take approximately 5 hours to metabolize the alcohol completely before you can become “sober” again.

Does coffee affect ignition interlock? ›

Coffee has been known to produce false positive ignition interlock readings.

How long will 2 beers show up on a breathalyzer? ›

In Your Blood: Up to 6 hours. On Your Breath: 12-24 Hours. In Your Urine: 12-24 Hours.

Can you have one beer with an interlock? ›

So yes, you can still buy alcohol while you're in an ignition interlock device program. You can still have a drink at happy hour with friends. You can still drink wine with dinner.

Can I drink the night before a breathalyzer? ›

Alcohol could stay in your breath sample for about 24 hours. One standard drink could result in a positive test for up to 24 hours, depending on your burn-off rate. On the other hand, A urine test can detect alcohol in your system up to 12-48 hours later.

How long is an interlock sentence for alcohol? ›

If you are convicted of driving offences involving alcohol you could be given an alcohol interlock disqualification for 28 days or longer. This means that your driver licence is cancelled for this period of time, and you cannot apply for a limited licence.

Does drinking water lower your BAC faster? ›

Contrary to popular belief, nothing can lower BAC except time; coffee, cold showers, and chugging glasses of water will not help you sober up any faster.

How many drinks is .025 BAC? ›

How many drinks is 0.25 BAC? At 180 pounds, a woman would reach a BAC of around 0.25 by consuming ten drinks in two hours. This blood alcohol level is calculated using the Insure.com blood alcohol concentration calculator.

How fast does BAC drop? ›

There are a lot of factors that contribute to how fast it rises, such as your weight and your gender, but most people are going to see their BAC drop at roughly the same rate. This rate is 0.015 % per hour, or very close to that standard.

Where do intoxalock pictures go? ›

Typically when a user is powering up the interlock, taking the test, and starting the vehicle. Those photos are downloaded with the other ignition interlock data at the regular monitoring and calibration appointment.

Does intoxalock have GPS tracking? ›

Intoxalock has you covered.

The Intoxalock eLERT and eLERT24 devices are equipped with GPS so that you are in compliance with your state's requirements. Our easy-to-use devices have one-button technology that meets, and even exceeds, state requirements.

Does intoxalock take random pictures? ›

The camera snaps a photo with every breath sample provided. Your ignition interlock camera does not take random photos while you aren't using your device.

What foods trigger breathalyzer? ›

Additionally, certain types of food can cause a false positive. This includes foods that contain alcohol but don't have a high enough concentration to make you intoxicated. Fruit, hot sauce, energy drinks, fermented sodas and protein bars can also produce a false positive.

What foods cause false positive breathalyzer? ›

Here are some foods that could cause a sober driver to register a false positive BAC test:
  • Sugary foods. Cinnamon rolls, honeybuns, protein bars, and pastry.
  • Bread and pastries. Honey-glazed donuts, sandwiches, slices of pizza, croissants,
  • Fruit and juice.
  • White and red wine vinegar. ...
  • Energy drinks. ...
  • Extract.
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Can you trick intoxalock? ›

It's nearly impossible to trick an ignition interlock device because of the way the new generation of machines works. The new machines allow for rolling retests, which means that you have to blow into the machine and retest your breath while you're driving.

How do you disable an interlock device? ›

Once you have completed your state mandated lease and if you no longer want an ignition interlock device attached to your car, you can call you ignition interlock provider to have them schedule an appointment for its removal.

What are the three types of interlock? ›

There are three types of interlocks: – mechanical, – electrical, – logical.

Who has the best interlock device? ›

While there are plenty of ignition interlock devices available across the United States, we have determined that the best ignition interlock is LifeSafer Ignition Interlock. LifeSafer prides itself on its ingenuity, reliability, and price point.

What is the most discreet interlock device? ›

The ALCOLOCK™ V3. We can't speak for other interlock vendors, but at ALCOLOCK™, the smallest and most discreet interlock device is the V3.

How do I know if my interlock has a camera? ›

When your ignition interlock device is installed, the camera will often be placed in the upper right side of your windshield. This is to capture your photo when testing. It is acceptable for others to drive your vehicle but they will be required to provide breath samples and will have their photo captured.

Do all ignition interlocks have cameras? ›

Do Ignition Interlock Devices have Cameras? Yes. Based on your state's requirements, you may need to install an ignition interlock device with a camera to help ensure that the correct person is providing each breath sample.

Will intoxalock drain your battery? ›

MYTH: Using an ignition interlock device will drain your car battery. Reality: Unless you don't start your vehicle for around 10 consecutive days, this device won't drain your battery to the point where your car can't start.

Can I smoke cigarettes with a interlock device? ›

MYTH: Cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco cause the device to fail. FACT: Cigarette smoke does not affect the alcohol-specific devices; however, smoke should never be blown into any unit. Users are instructed to always take a few deep breaths before blowing into a device if they are smokers.

What is the alternative to intoxalock? ›

intoxalock.com's top 5 competitors in January 2023 are: lifesafer.com, guardianinterlock.com, lowcostinterlock.com, alcolockusa.com, and more.

Why is my interlock device not powering on? ›

The Ignition Interlock Device Won't Turn On

If your device won't turn on at all, the most common problem is that your car battery is low or has died completely. Check your vehicle battery to make sure that it's working. You may need to change out your battery.

How do you troubleshoot an interlock? ›

This ignition interlock malfunction occurs when the IID detects low air quality, and it's unable to analyze the sample successfully. The easiest way to resolve this error is to rinse your mouth with water and open the windows of the vehicle to ensure the air it's detecting is clean.

Can an interlock fail? ›

If you fail an initial interlock test, your device will lockout for 5 minutes. If you believe this initial fail was not caused by alcohol in your system, take the time to drink some water and clear your mouth of potential contaminants. After five minutes, the device will request another breath test.

How do I put my interlock in sleep mode? ›

Protect car battery by putting interlock device in Sleep Mode
  1. Press and hold the button on your device for three beeps before you shut your vehicle off.
  2. Release after the third beep.
  3. Your device is now in Sleep Mode and will remain in Sleep Mode until you press the activation button again.

What sets off an interlock device? ›

What Foods Do I Avoid with My Interlock?
  • Spicy Foods. Spicy meals are constantly used as an example that will cause 'false positive' results in Interlocks. ...
  • Sugary Foods. One of the most common culprits is yeast. ...
  • Fruit & Fruit Drinks. ...
  • Vinegar. ...
  • Energy Drinks. ...
  • Vanilla Extract. ...
  • Mouthwash. ...
  • Breath Spray.

What does red mean on intoxalock? ›

If a driver submits a sample and a red light flashes repeatedly on the screen, this warning is meant to alert the driver that the device was able to detect alcohol in the sample, but that there was not enough alcohol present to result in a failed test.

Can I unplug my intoxalock? ›

Don't disconnect your device and bring it inside*. This will register as a power interruption which could be considered tampering. It will be reported to your monitoring authority as well. If your state's interlock program is compliance-based, this could result in a longer interlock term requirement.

Why does interlock drain battery? ›

Occasionally an interlock user will have problems with a battery that seems to drain too fast. The fault could be a defective device, but most times it's caused by an old battery or defective alternator.

What is a lockout code? ›

The lockout code is a single-use code to unlock your vehicle once and only once. It typically unlocks your vehicle for a 6-hour period. You may start and stop your vehicle unlimited times within the unlock time period.

Can bread set off a breathalyzer? ›

Additionally, the yeast used in bread and cakes contains a residual amount of alcohol. It is impossible to remove the alcohol in the baking process. Therefore eating cakes and bread can set off the breathalyzer by a small percentage.

Can I have one drink with intoxalock? ›

So yes, you can still buy alcohol while you're in an ignition interlock device program. You can still have a drink at happy hour with friends. You can still drink wine with dinner.


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