Frequently Asked Questions
State law requires installation and maintenance of an interlock when your driving privilege is limited or restricted after being convicted of a certain alcohol- and/or drug-related violation (see Arizona Revised Statutes 28-1381, 28-1382, 28-1383, 28-1461 and 28-3319).
The interlock requirement is effective immediately. Failure to have the device installed and to provide verification to MVD within 30 days, may result in immediate suspension of your Arizona driving privilege and possible extension of the original interlock requirement.
Upon conviction of driving without an interlock device as required by ARS 28-1464, your requirement to maintain an interlock will be extended for one additional year after your original requirement would have ended.
State law requires that your driving privilege remain suspended or revoked until MVD receives proof of a functioning interlock in each motor vehicle you operate, even though you may not be the registered owner (see ARS 28-1461).
The law requires use of the interlock for at least one year from the date that your driving privilege is reinstated or from the date MVD receives the report of conviction, whichever occurs later.
If you have no vehicle, or do not intend to operate a vehicle, your driving privilege will remain suspended or revoked until you are ready to install an interlock and reinstate your driving privilege.
The interlock is required when an individual is convicted of DUI, regardless of substance. ARS 28-1381 states that it is unlawful to drive under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug (unless prescribed by a medical practitioner), a vapor-releasing substance containing a toxic substance or any combination of liquor, drugs or vapor-releasing substances if impaired to the slightest degree.
The ignition interlock requirement may be removed from your record if you were not required by the court to attend alcohol education or treatment. Determination of the ignition interlock requirement will be made by MVD at the time of your revocation investigation.
Your installer will electronically notify MVD within 24 hours of the installation, but you must reinstate your driving privilege. You may show MVD your copy of the installation verification form provided to you by your installer at the time of installation.
Contact your interlock installer, or show MVD your copy of the installation verification form provided to you by your installer.
Yes. The interlock installer is required to send periodic reports of your interlock usage electronically to MVD. If those reports indicate a failure to comply with interlock requirements, tampering, circumvention or certain other violations, you will receive notification from MVD extending your original interlock requirement for an additional six to 12 months.
We will send a notice of eligibility to those qualified for the special restricted driver license. Contact us to verify whether you are eligible for the special restricted driver license. If you are eligible, MVD will tell you how to apply.
A person, except an underage licensee restricted by ARS 28-3320 or ARS 28-3322, may voluntarily cancel and surrender the special restricted driver license to MVD at any time during the restricted period. The person must provide us with a completed Driver License/ID Cancellation Request.
A restricted underage licensee who has obtained a special restricted driver license and wishes to cancel must petition the court for permission to cancel the restricted license. If approved by the court, you may surrender your special restricted driver license to MVD. You will not be eligible to apply for a new license until your suspension or revocation period is over, even if the special restricted driver license is surrendered. If court approved, provide the court abstract along with your restricted license.
Only drivers with a Class D or Class G driver license may be eligible for a special restricted driver license under Arizona law. If you currently hold a commercial driver license, you must apply in person at any MVD office for a class D special restricted driver license.
Moving Out of Arizona
Arizona requirements still need to be maintained. Contact your interlock manufacturer to locate an authorized interlock installer in your new state that will continue to provide all interlock services required by the state of Arizona. It is your responsibility to work with your interlock manufacturer and authorized installer to ensure Arizona's MVD receives all required electronic reporting until you have completed the interlock requirement.
No. Contact an interlock manufacturer to locate an authorized interlock installer in your state that will provide all interlock services required by the state of Arizona.
It is your responsibility to work with your interlock manufacturer and authorized installer to ensure Arizona's MVD receives all required electronic reporting until you have completed the interlock requirement.
The interlock will enter a lockout period for failed breath alcohol tests. Contact your installer with any questions regarding lockout.
You should contact your interlock manufacturer or authorized installer for questions or concerns regarding violations. However, you may also refer to any training material or brochures provided to you by your interlock provider/installer at the time of installation.
MVD takes action based on information provided by your installer after your last compliance check. Contact your installer to verify the accuracy of the information provided. If your installer is unable to resolve the issue, request a hearing from the Executive Hearing Office.
There is no simple answer to this question. Of course, you must keep the interlock installed until the end of the original requirement period. If you are still waiting for your hearing when the original period expires and you keep the device installed, you will be responsible for the additional maintenance expenses. If you remove the interlock and the decision of the Hearing Office is not in your favor, you must have the interlock reinstalled (at your own expense) to begin the extension requirement.
You should always contact your interlock manufacturer or authorized installer for questions, concerns or clarification regarding removal of the device.
Contact us to verify that you are eligible to have the interlock removed.
State law requires the interlock remain installed for at least one year beginning on the date of reinstatement of your driving privilege or on the date we receive notice of your conviction, whichever occurs later (see ARS 28-3319). You may also contact MVD to determine the date you qualify to have the device removed.
Contact us to verify if your interlock requirement has been extended and/or to determine the date you will qualify to have the device removed.
Mail a written complaint describing your issues, and include your full name, date of birth and Arizona driver license number, as well as the name and location of the interlock installer, to this address:
Motor Vehicle Division
Ignition Interlock Unit
P.O. Box 2100
Phoenix, AZ 85001
Or, contact MVD
No. The device has a battery back up to protect the data log's memory.
During a training session provided by the installers, drivers are cautioned about common substances that contain alcohol, including mouthwashes and medications. If the blood-alcohol concentration of the driver, as measured in the breath, is over the preset limit, the driver will not be allowed to start the vehicle.
There are currently no companies in Arizona that will install an interlock device on a motorcycle. Contact an interlock installer for more information.