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Indiana’s OWI and Ignition Interlock Laws

Indiana ignition interlock laws require that an ignition interlock device (IID) (also known as an in car breathalyzer) is installed on an offender’s vehicle after the second violation of  Indiana  OWI laws .

A first OWI offense is a Class C Misdemeanor charge carrying penalties including probation, a $500 fine, license suspension up to 90 days, and, of blood alcohol concentration is .15 or over, a jail sentence of up to 60 days.

A second OWI offense is a Class D felony charge carrying penalties including a jail term of between 5 days and 3 years, and at least 180 hours of community service. Your license will be suspended for between 90 days and 2 years, and you also face fines of up to $10,000. In Indiana you are labeled a second time offender if you have had a previous OWI conviction within the last five years. You may also have to undergo drug and alcohol assessment and treatment. You may be eligible to obtain probationary driving privileges after serving an initial period of your suspension. As a condition of obtaining driving privileges, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

A third OWI offense is a Class D Felony, warranting between 10 days and 3 years in jail, 360 hours of community service, and a fine of up to $10,000. Your license can be suspended for up to 2 years. You will have to undergo a drug and alcohol assessment and treatment. You may be eligible to obtain probationary driving privileges after serving an initial period of your suspension. As a condition of obtaining driving privileges, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

Get your license back in Indiana after an OWI

How do I get an interlock license?

  • Visit mybmv.com to find out when your driving privileges can be reinstated and to download a copy of your certified driving record. If the eligibility date is listed as “indefinite” then there are some requirements you must complete before your license can be reinstated.

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

  • Bring the following to your installation appointment: your current registration or title, proof of insurance, court referral paperwork, permission slip from the vehicle’s registered owner if you don’t own the vehicle to be installed (alternatively, the owner may appear and sign a waiver).

  • Once the requirements have been completed, contact the court so that they can send the information to the BMV. You cannot notify the BMV directly.

  • Your insurance provider must provide proof of insurance as required on your Viewable Driver Record or Official Driver Record. Have your insurance provider submit the form (e.g. SR-50 or SR-22) to the BMV. You cannot submit the forms to the BMV yourself.

  • Pay all insurance and/or reinstatement fees as noted on your Viewable Driver Record or Official Driver Record. You may pay those fees online, by phone at 888-692-6841, or by mail.

Installation Locations in Indiana Ignition Interlock