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Minnesota

How do I get an interlock license?

Minnesota has different requirements for those whose license has been revoked versus those who has been canceled and denied. Details can be found on the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Service website.

Requirements for those who have been revoked are summarized below.

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Information on Minnesota DWI and Ignition Interlock Laws

Administrative

Minnesota Ignition Interlock laws require drivers with any first-time alcohol offense with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level under 0.16 to lose their ability to drive for 90 days. There are three options if this applies to you.

You can install an ignition interlock (in-car breathalyzer) and receive an ignition interlock restricted license will full driving privileges; After 15 days without driving, you can apply for a limited license that will allow you to drive to and from work, school, treatment, abstinence support groups meetings, court, and probation. You are limited to driving 60 hours and no more than six days per week with this type of license. You cannot drive for the full 90 days.

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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Judicial

If it is your 1st alcohol offense but you had a BAC of 0.16 or greater, you cannot drive for one year, but you have two options. You can install an ignition interlock and you will be able to drive just as you did before or go without driving for one year.

If you refused to take an alcohol test at the time of your arrest, you will not be able to drive for one year, but you can install an ignition interlock, wait 15 days and apply for a limited license with restrictions on where you can drive and how much driving you can do.

If this is a 2nd offense in 10 years or a 3rd offense on record (revoked status) with a BAC under 0.16, there is a one-year suspension. The only way to continue driving is to install an ignition interlock device. If your BAC was over 0.16 or if you refused to take a BAC test at the time of your arrest, you will not be able to drive for two years unless you install an ignition interlock.

If your License is “Canceled and Denied as Inimical to Public Safety,” your 3rd offense within 10 years or 4th offense on record results in three years minimum loss of driving privileges. A 4th offense within 10 years results in four years minimum loss of driving privileges. And a 5th or subsequent offense results in six years minimum loss of driving privileges.

In addition to these administrative sanctions, if you are convicted by a court or plead guilty, you face additional penalties. For a 1st conviction, the criminal sanctions are up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,000. A full chart of the administrative and criminal consequences of DWI in Minnesota is available here.

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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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How much does an ignition interlock cost in Minnesota?

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, expect to pay $3 per day, the same as the national average. You could search all over for the cheapest breathalyzer out there, there’s a lot to be said for a device that offers multiple benefits like great customer service, quality devices, and stellar service technicians.

LifeSafer IIDs are precisely tuned & calibrated before they are installed in your vehicle. Licensed and highly trained technicians at your Minnesota center use the latest techniques to install your interlock to perfection. Should you need assistance, our customer service specialists are ready to provide the support you need.

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