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Information on Idaho’s  OWI  and Ignition Interlock Laws

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

Administrative: This  happens if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one. The arresting officer will issue you a temporary license which is good for 7 days. During that time you can request a hearing to challenge your suspension. If you do not, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, your license will be suspended on the 8th day for 3 months.

Judicial: This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement.  First time offenders can request to have their driving privileges restored provided they install an ignition interlock device. You are required to pay all fees associated with installing and maintaining the device, and to bring it in at regular intervals for monitoring. Failure to do so may result in lockout, in which case your vehicle will not operate and it must be towed to the service provider to have the lockout function re-set.  For second and third OWIs the one-year suspension has no driving privileges of any kind.  Normally a OWI is a misdemeanor charge. However, a second offense with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 2.0 or more, or a third or subsequent offense within five years, is a felony.

Get your license back in Idaho after an OWI

If yours was a court-ordered suspension, then apply for the restricted license first, and then have the interlock installed.

If your license was suspended by the Idaho Transportation Department you will have to apply for a restricted permit through the Transportation Department in Boise.

How do I get an interlock license?

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

  • Have you LifeSafer Ignition Interlock installed.

  • Complete a work verification form that identifies your occupation, the days you must drive, and locations to which you must drive.

  • Provide a valid certificate of liability insurance or file an SR22 certificate and pay the required fee (you can do both of these online).