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Ignition Interlock Program

Effective May 1, 2014, the District of Columbia will begin issuing a REAL ID Credential and a Limited Purpose Credential.

The REAL ID credential requires a one-time revalidation of source documents when obtaining, renewing or requesting a duplicate (including a change of address) DC driver license or identification card. This validation will enable the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to ensure your identity and issue a federally compliant REAL ID driver license or identification card. The new requirements will affect what you will need to bring to the DC DMV office when obtaining, renewing or requesting a duplicate credential. First time DC applicants and existing DC driver license and identification card holders should expect to provide source documents as proof of identity (full legal name and date of birth), social security number, lawful presence in the United States, and current residence in the District of Columbia.  If you have a non-DC REAL ID driver license (which does not contain a star in the upper right hand corner), you must bring additional source documents for validation purposes when seeking a license with an ignition interlock restriction.  For more information about REAL ID, please review our FAQs.

An ignition interlock device (“IID”) is a breath alcohol analyzer connected to the ignition system of a vehicle. The driver must blow into the device and if his or her breath alcohol level exceeds the accepted level set on the device, the vehicle will not start. In addition, at periodic times during the operation of the vehicle, the driver will be prompted to blow into the device to ensure they are not under the influence.

The IID Program allows for reduction of the revocation periods for first or subsequent alcohol or drug related offenses. Participation in the program will allow you to obtain a restricted driver license and drive designated vehicles with installed ignition interlock devices. The restriction and conditions will remain in place for the period in which you have been revoked, unless extended as a result of a violation of program rules or other driving related events.


To be considered for this program, you must:

·        Contact the Driver Services Administration at 202-727-2200 to discuss eligibility and requirements.

  • Immediately prior to revocation, have held a DC driver license.
  • Has either been convicted in Court of an alcohol or drug related offense or administratively had your license revoked because of an alcohol or drug related offense.
  • Not have any additional or pending license suspensions or revocations.
  • Have not been convicted of causing injury or death while operating a motor vehicle in any jurisdiction.
  • Have not previously unsuccessfully participated in this program or any similar program in another jurisdiction five (5) years prior to the date of the application.
  • Complete and submit the DC DMV Ignition Interlock Program Application and pay the application fee.
  • Obtain and maintain High Risk Insurance.
  • Meet any other criteria as required by the Director.
  • Have the IID installed by a DC DMV approved vendor in all vehicles operated by you.

A holder of a commercial driver license (CDL) is not eligible for an IID. Once a CDL holder has downgraded to a non-CDL, he or she may be eligible to enter the program.

Out-of-state driver with an IID restriction who wishes to surrender an operator license issued by another jurisdiction and has moved into the District must:

  • Must meet the requirements to convert your license to a DC license. or to a DC limited purpose license
  • Must be currently enrolled (minimum of 30 days) in another state/jurisdiction’s certified IID program and have at least one vehicle with an installed IID for a minimum of 30 days before date of application.
  • Currently possess a valid out-of-state driver license with IID restriction (minimum of 30 days).
  • Provide a certified driving record (issued within the last 30 days) from the licensing jurisdiction.
  • Provide the vehicle registration and IID monthly reports reflecting activity and triggered events (30 days minimum reporting requirement).
  • Visit and obtain an IID from a DC DMV approved IID provider within 30 days of enrollment into the IID program. Vehicle must be registered in DC prior to visiting the IID approved provider.
  • Remain in the IID program for the duration of either (1) the original IID license restriction in the previous jurisdiction or (2) the IID license restriction that the driver would have received if the infraction occurred in the District of Columbia, whichever duration is longer.
  • Once enrolled in the DC DMV IID Program, you will be required to follow the DC DMV requirements for the IID Program and may also be required to continue compliance with the requirements from the court or jurisdiction which initially required or allowed the installation of the IID.
  • Have not been convicted for causing injury or death while operating a motor vehicle in any jurisdiction.
  • Complete and submit the DMV Ignition Interlock Program Application.
  • Obtain and maintain High Risk Insurance.


  • Obtain a District of Columbia driver License.
  • Obtain a District of Columbia Vehicle Registration.



Participants must pay all costs involved with the installation and monthly maintenance of the ignition interlock device directly to the vendor. Costs are determined by each approved vendor.  There is also a DC DMV Ignition Interlock Application fee.

General Information

Those who elect to participate in the program must fill out an Ignition Interlock Device Application and have an ignition interlock device installed by a DMV approved vendor in all vehicles operated by the participant. When the device is installed, the provider will show you how to use it, advise you about the monthly maintenance and reporting requirements, and provide you with written proof that the device was installed.

Written proof of installation and the completed application must be returned by mail to the DMV Driver Services Administration, 95 M Street, SW, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20024, by fax to (202) 727-6003 or email to

The Applicant must also obtain High Risk Insurance and pay a reinstatement fee to reinstate his or her driver license. DMV will reinstate the driver license and issue a license with an IID restriction.

DMV records will indicate that an IID restriction has been placed on the license and notify law enforcement officials that individuals with this restriction may only operate a vehicle with an Ignition Interlock Device installed.

Violation of the rules will result in either additional time in the program or removal from the program and revocation of your driver license depending on the circumstances.

Approved Ignition Interlock Device Service Providers:

You may call the toll free number(s) below for cost, installation, or appointment information.

Alcohol Detection Systems 1-800-786-7394

Costs are determined by the independent vendors and not the DMV.