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Information on Arizona’s DUI and Ignition Interlock Laws

Arizona DUI law suspends driver licenses  for certain DUI or alcohol-related traffic offenses.  If you install an interlock (also known as an in car breathalyzer), you may apply for restricted licenses. These allow you to drive after a DUI violation. When you are arrested for a DUI in Arizona, interlock laws impact your license in two different ways:

Administrative Per Se Law: This happens at the scene of your arrest if you fail a breath test (i.e. have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher), or refuse to take one. The law allows for immediate suspension of your license but you are given a 15 day grace period during which you can drive to get your affairs in order

Criminal DUI Laws: This occurs when you are sentenced by a court.  During the administrative grace period you can challenge your suspension. If you do not, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, your license will be suspended on the 16th day, for a period of 90 days.

NOTE: For extreme DUI (.15 or higher) licenses are revoked rather than suspended. If your license has been revoked, your driving privileges are terminated. After your revocation period has ended, your driving record must be investigated before a new license is issued, and an interlock must be installed for 1 or 2 years after driving privileges are restored. The court may also impound the vehicle for a 3rd offense.  Arizona drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked for certain DUI or alcohol-related traffic offenses may apply for restricted licenses. These allow them to use their vehicle with an ignition interlock device.

Get your license back in Arizona after a DUI

LifeSafer Ignition Interlock has locations in Tempe, Gilbert, Phoenix, and Chandler along with many other Arizona cities and towns.  Check here for a full location list.

How do I get an Arizona ignition interlock restricted license?

  • Arizona’s Motor Vehicle Division sends corrective action letter. Call your local MVD to get date of ignition interlock eligibility or check on line using the link on the right  hand side of this page.

  • Call LifeSafer Ignition Interlock at 800-634-3077 to schedule your ignition interlock installation. Ask about offers and money saving discounts.

  • The MVD requires an alcohol and/or drug screening. A list of providers is available here.

  • MVD will notify you that you are eligible to reinstate. You must personally submit proof that an ignition interlock has been installed in your vehicle as well as complete any other requirements on the MVD notice.

  • Take treatment center classes as noted on the Screening Center Evaluation.

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