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Information on California Ignition Interlock laws, interlock installation locations and recovering your license after a California  DUI

In California there are two types of consequences for DUI:

Administrative Per Se Laws:  When an individual is stopped or arrested the officer takes the person’s license and issues a temporary 30 day driving permit. This license action is separate from any criminal charges you face related to your DUI arrest.  You can continue to drive in California after a DUI arrest by installing an ignition interlock in your vehicle.

Criminal Consequences for California DUI:  If you are convicted of a DUI offense, penalties apply, based the number of times you have been convicted of DUI and how much time has elapsed between the convictions.   You will pay fines, attend alcohol treatment classes, have your license suspended and may be required to have an ignition interlock.   After a first DUI, the fines, treatment and other punishment may include jail time, long term alcohol treatment and vehicle forfeiture.

Get your license back in California after a DUI

Effective January 1, 2019 California DUI law changed.  All repeat DUI offenders and all injury-involved DUI offenders are required to install an ignition interlock. First time DUI offenders will receive a 30 day temporary license after arrest. To keep driving beyond the 30 days, install an ignition interlock as soon as possible.

How do I get an interlock license?

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

  • Call your insurance company to obtain an SR-22 certificate.

  • Enroll in and complete a certified DUI treatment program.

  • Apply for an interlock license at the DMV.

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