Ignition Interlock Laws in Georgia

When you are arrested for a DUI in Georgia your license can be suspended in two different ways:

  1. Administrative This only happens if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one, in which case your license will be confiscated immediately
  2. Judicial. This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement. Penalties include license suspension, jail time, community service hours. You might have to have an ignition interlock installed and undergo alcohol treatment
  • You must attend to both administrative and judicial actions. Even if you are not convicted in court of a DUI offense, your administrative suspension can still be in effect. How you handle your administrative case can also have a bearing on your court-imposed penalties.
  • You will receive a 10-day temporary license from your arresting officer. During this time you can request a hearing to challenge your suspension. If you do not, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, your license will automatically be suspended for one year. You can request a temporary license after 30 days. This will allow you do drive provided you have an ignition interlock installed.
SituationFinePossible jail timeLicense suspension
1st Offense$300 - $1,000Up to 1 yearUp to 1 year
2nd Offense$600 - 1,2103 days - 1 year18 months
3rd Offense$1,000120 days - 1 year5 years
4th and subsequent
$5,2101 to 5 years5 years
  • Additional penalties apply for offenders under the age of 21

➨ Steps to Regaining Your License in Georgia

Additional Resources

Georgia’s Impaired Driving Laws And Penalties
License Suspensions and Revocations

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