Ignition Interlock Laws in New York

Lifesafer Ignition Interlock New YorkNew York ignition interlock laws require that any driver convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) must install an ignition interlock device on every vehicle they operate. The offender is responsible for the costs of installing and monitoring the device. The device must remain in the vehicle for the mandated period of time, minimum six months. For aggravated DWI or in cases of repeat alcohol or drug offenses within five years, the device must remain installed for a period of time equivalent to the revocation period and any probation period.

When you are arrested for a DWI in New York your license can be suspended in two different ways:

  1. Administrative. This only happens if you fail or refuse a breath test. Your license will be suspended immediately and the officer at the scene will give you a 10-day driving permit so that you can get your affairs in order. During this time you can challenge your case. If you do not, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, your license will be suspended automatically on the 11th day until your prosecution is completed
  2. Judicial. This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement

New York Judicial DWI Penalties

SitutationFineJailSuspension
1st Offense$500 - $1,000Up to 1 year6 months
2nd Offense$1,000 to $5,0005 days to 4 years1 year
3rd and 4th Offense$2,000 to $10,00010 days to 7 years1 year
5th Offense$2,000 to $10,00010 days to 7 yearsPermanent
  • After your suspension ends, you can obtain a restricted license allowing you to drive to work or school, health care providers, parole or probation meetings, counseling, and other court-approved destinations.
  • Suspensions and revocations are longer if the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .18% or higher
  • You might be required to attend a victims impact program

➨ Steps to Regaining Your License in New York

Additional Resources

New York Ignition Interlock
Frequently Asked Questions About DWI and Leandra’s Law
New York You And The Drinking Driving Laws