Kentucky Ignition Interlock & DUI Laws

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Effective July 1, 2020, Kentucky Ignition Interlock/DUI Law will be changing. Here’s a summary of the changes:

  • Ignition Interlock program changes from a full  judicial program to a more streamlined process – giving the DOT administrative control of the program
  • Ability to choose between a suspension period or an interlock program
  • Streamlines the process/more uniformed across the Commonwealth
  • Make the program available to more offenders
  • Incentive-based, designed to encourage behavioral change
  • Uniformity of suspension and compliance periods

The change in this law will make the use of ignition interlock devices a choice, but that choice is highly incentivized. Basically, choosing an interlock means a decrease in the duration of the program (see below). Call LifeSafer today at 800-634-3077 for full details and to get started on your interlock program.

Changes as of July 1, 2020:

*Ability to choose between a longer suspension period or a shorter Ignition Interlock program. Avoid driving on a suspended license. It comes with a penalty of at least 90 days in jail and an increase of license suspension time of 6 months.


Interlock Process

If you have not completed the alcohol treatment classes prior to the completion of the IID program, your license will be suspended until the required classes have been completed.

How do I get an interlock license?

  • To apply for an Ignition Interlock License and device (IID), you must obtain a court order.

  • Obtain, complete, and submit the Ignition Interlock Application to a Division of Driver Licensing Regional Field Office along with the following documents: Proof of Kentucky insurance, Proof of Kentucky registration (along with a notarized letter from the owner if the vehicle(s) to be driven is/are not registered in the applicant’s name), Proof of Kentucky Court Order, $40.00 Non-Refundable fee

  • You will be provided a receipt and an eligibility letter to be used for installation.

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

  • Bring the eligibility letter, court order, and physician’s statement (if applicable) to your installation appointment.

  • Take the Certificate of Installation (provided by LifeSafer) to the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in the county of the violation. Some fees may apply.

Interlock Cost

The LifeSafer ignition interlock (IID) in Kentucky, is about $3 per day, which is well within the national average.

Affordability is important, but so is the reliability and accuracy of the device itself. A successful program involves a quality device, plus customer support and having a certified service technician at a location that is convenient for you. That’s where LifeSafer stands out.

LifeSafer’s devices are both NHTSA and ISO certified. What that means to you is each device is precision tested and calibrated for perfect accuracy before it ever goes out to the shop. A more reliable, accurate device means less of a hassle with false positives and equipment that malfunctions.

Your Certified Service Technician has completed 40 hours of training, has been evaluated, and receives continued support from full-time LifeSafer staff. They will work with you to provide exceptional service during your interlock program from start to finish.

If you do need assistance at any time during your interlock program, our Customer Support Center is open 24/7/365. Our team of Customer Support Experts are there to answer your questions and get you the help you need, when you need it. Our Reporting Specialists make sure your information is transmitted to your monitoring agency accurately and safely.

LifeSafer is a package deal. You aren’t getting just a device, you’re getting a team of dedicated individuals who have one goal – to help you successfully complete your interlock program safely and quickly.

The state of Kentucky uses DUI and DWI interchangeably. If you operate a vehicle while being impaired due to alcohol or other substances, including prescription or illegal drugs, driving under the influence (DUI) in Kentucky may result in a court order for an ignition interlock device (IID). For those under the age of 21, any trace of alcohol can warrant an arrest, as KY has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. Offenders with two or more convictions must forfeit their license plates during their suspension.

For more detailed information on Kentucky DUI/DWI laws, check the official Drive Kentucky website.

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

The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only. Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information. This website contains links to other third-party websites for the convenience of our readers. Links from LifeSafer Ignition Interlock to other sites, or from other sites to the LifeSafer, do not constitute an endorsement by LifeSafer. 

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Navigating DUI laws in Kentucky can be difficult. That’s why LifeSafer partners with experienced DUI attorneys and treatment centers throughout the state to provide our clients with accurate legal advice. Call us now at 800-634-3077 and a knowledgeable Customer Support Consultant will guide you through the steps to regaining your freedom to drive.

Cooley Iuliano Robey, PLLC

Edward Cooley
201 West Short Street, Ste 500
Lexington, Kentucky, 40507

McBrayer P

Trevor Nichols
231 E. Main Street, Suite 900
Lexington, Kentucky, 40507