Georgia Ignition Interlock DUI Laws

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

Administrative Per Se: This only happens if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one, in which case your license will be confiscated immediately. 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 in Georgia. This will allow you to drive provided you have an ignition interlock installed.

Judicial: This occurs when you are sentenced by a Georgia court after a trial or plea agreement. Penalties include license suspension, jail time,  and 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 the 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.

Pre Trial Diversion Programs In Georgia:  For some 1st time DUI offenses, a pre-trial diversion program may be available from the County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Every situation and state is unique, please consult with your attorney or your state licensing authority to confirm your requirements and obligations.

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Interlock Process

You will need your suspension period to be completed. This is usually 120 days.

How do I get an interlock license?

  • Make an appointment to have your ignition interlock installed by LIfeSafer at 800-634-3077.

  • If required, you will have to attend a certified DUI school and obtain an Alcohol Risk Reduction Certificate.

  • You will need proof of enrollment in clinical treatment or a certificate of eligibility for an interlock permit from a drug court program.

  • Bring the certificate of eligibility or the proof of enrollment to your LifeSafe appointment and have the interlock installed. We will give you a proof of installation document.

  • Bring the proof of installation and a $25 fee to the Department of Driver Services to obtain your interlock license.

Interlock Cost

What does an interlock cost in Georgia?

Nationally, an ignition interlock (IID) is about $3 per day on average and the same goes for Georgia. While you may be interested in the cheapest blow and go device in Georgia, what you are paying for goes beyond the device. LifeSafer IIDs are tested and calibrated for accuracy before ever going out the door.

Our customer service and reporting specialists are also part of LifeSafer’s value to our customers. Your Georgia installation center near you is constantly updating their training and calibration service so your program runs smoothly and we can install an interlock on any vehicle. There is a lot riding on your device working properly and LifeSafer invests in accuracy and ease of use.

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