Ignition Interlock Laws in Minnesota

Minnesota ignition interlock laws state that first-time alcohol offenders with a blood alcohol concentration(BAC) level of 0.16 or above and all second-time alcohol offenders may choose to enroll in the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Device Program to regain their driving privileges. You will have an interlock for the following period, depending on your record and BAC level:

Interlock Period for REVOKED License

 1st Alcohol Offense2nd Alcohol Offense in 10
Years or 3rd on Record
Under 0.1690 days/180 days if under age 211 year
0.16 or over1 year2 years
Test refusal1 year2 years

In addition, drivers whose licenses are canceled and whose privileges are denied as “inimical to public safety” must enroll in the Ignition Interlock Device Program for a period of three to six years in order to regain full driving privileges.

Interlock Period for CANCELED License

Type of OffenseInterlock Period
3rd Alcohol Offense in 10 Years
or 4th on Record
3 years (1 yr limited license,
2 yrs restricted license)
4th Alcohol Offense in 10 Years4 years (1 yr limited license,
3 yrs restricted license)
5th or Subsequent Alcohol Offense6 years (1 yr limited license,
5 yrs restricted license)

To participate in Minnesota’s Ignition Interlock Device Program you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old and eligible for a class D driver’s license or instruction permit
  • Own/drive a vehicle with valid insurance; must be a Class D type vehicle, no motorcycles or mopeds
  • Have no outstanding withdrawals which would prohibit the issuance of a limited license or full license (either in Minnesota or in any other state)
  • Purchase special license plates from the Deputy Registrar if yours have been impounded
  • If driving privilege was revoked prior to age 18, you must not be subject to Vanessa’s Law
  • Sign a waiver of rights form if your driving privilege was withdrawn before July 1, 2011 – call DVS at (651) 296-2948

➨ Steps to Regaining Your License in Minnesota