Virginia Ignition Interlock FAQ


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If you’ve been convicted of a DUI in Virginia, you’re likely to be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. This article aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about ignition interlock laws in Virginia, including the rules and costs associated with the devices.

What are the rules for ignition interlocks in Virginia?

An ignition interlock is a device installed in a motor vehicle to prevent alcohol-impaired individuals from driving. The device works by requiring the driver to provide a breath sample for analysis before the car can start. If the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the pre-set limit of 0.02%, the vehicle will not start. Additional samples can also be required at random times while the engine is running.

The Virginia Code states that an offender convicted of driving under the influence in Virginia will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their car as a condition of a restricted license or license restoration. If a person is convicted of a second or subsequent DUI, the ignition interlock device must be installed in all vehicles registered or titled to them, in whole or in part, in addition to any vehicle(s) they operate.

How much does ignition interlock cost in VA?

The cost of an ignition interlock device in Virginia can vary significantly depending on various factors. It’s crucial to note that each state, including Virginia, has its own set of regulations which control the cost of Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) for both first-time and repeat DUI offenders. Consequently, drivers can expect to pay different costs depending on the state or court jurisdiction the device is mandated in and whether additional features such as a camera, GPS or real-time reporting are required.

LifeSafer is one of the leading vendors providing ignition interlock devices, and we are committed to transparent pricing. While many providers include hidden fees, LifeSafer prides itself on offering drivers upfront pricing, with the assurance that the price we quote is the price you pay — there are no unexpected costs. 

Can you get off interlock early in Virginia?

An interlock may be taken off at the judge’s discretion after the initial 6-month period. However, its removal is not automatic. If you commit an interlock violation within the first 6 months, the judge usually won’t allow for its immediate removal. In such cases, you might face additional obligations or an extended period where the interlock must remain installed.

Does Virginia require a camera for interlock?

Virginia does not have a requirement for a camera to be used with an ignition interlock device. However, this can always change and it’s advisable to contact a local attorney or the Department of Motor Vehicles for the most current information.

Understanding the rules and regulations surrounding ignition interlock devices in Virginia is crucial if you’ve been convicted of a DUI. These devices are a vital tool in preventing drunk driving and protecting the safety of all road users.

Don’t let uncertainty delay your journey back on the road. LifeSafer is here to make the ignition interlock process as seamless as possible with our no-call installation. We’ve streamlined our system to save you time, and our commitment to upfront pricing ensures there are no surprise costs. If you prefer a more personalized touch, our friendly and knowledgeable representatives are just a call away, ready to answer all your questions and guide you through each step.

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