Kansas ignition interlock laws require that any driver convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) must install an ignition interlock device, including an electronic log device, on every vehicle they own or which is registered to them. A chart of license actions can be found here.
When you are arrested for a DUI in Kansas your license can be suspended in two different ways:
Administrative. This happens automatically if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one. You have 14 days after arrest to request a hearing to contest your suspension.
Judicial. This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement.
Administrative penalties for a first DUI offense (failed breath test) are a 30 day suspension, followed by a 330-day period in which an ignition interlock can be used to regain driving privileges. For 2nd through 4th offenses, there is a 1 year suspension and a 1 year period with interlock. A 5th offense carries a penalty of permanent revocation. For refusal to take the breath test, suspensions run between 1 year and lifetime, depending on your record of offenses. For 3rd and subsequent DUI offenses, there is a one-year period of post-release supervision. In addition to fines you are responsible for court costs. You must complete an alcohol treatment program and provide proof before your driving privileges are restored. There are additional penalties for DUI if you were driving with a child under 14, as well as for involuntary manslaughter.
An interlock license can help you reduce or avoid suspension and keep you driving when and where you need to. Find out how below.
You will receive a letter from the Kansas DMV, stating how long your ignition interlock is required. Keep this letter. It will serve as your license after your interlock is installed.
Check the status of your driving license online
Download and complete application for a restricted interlock license
Submit your application along with the $100 fee to Division of Vehicles Driver Solutions POB 12021 Topeka, KS 66612-2021. You will receive notice of your application being approved or denied.
Call LifeSafer Ignition Interlock at 855-703-6811 to schedule your interlock installation Ask about money saving offers and discounts. Bring the letter informing you of your restriction to the appointment— it will be your driver’s license.
LifeSafer will inform the Driver Control Bureau that you have had the installation.