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Michigan Ignition Interlock and DUI Laws
Michigan’s Ignition Interlock laws require drivers with any first time alcohol offense with an alcohol concentration level under 0.16 to lose their ability to drive for 90 days. If you are under the age of  21, the amount of days increases to 180.  There are three options if this applies to you:
  1. You can install an ignition interlock (car breathalyzer) and receive an ignition interlock restricted license will full driving privileges.
  2. After 15 days of no 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 6 days per week with this type of license.
  3. You can not drive for the full 90 days.
If it is your first alcohol offense but you had a BAC of 0.16 or greater   you cannot drive for 1 year.
You have two options in this case:
  1. Install an ignition interlock and you will be able to drive just as you did before.
  2. Not drive for 1 year.If you refused to take an alcohol test at the time of your arrest, you will not be able to drive for 1 year, but you can install an ignition interlock and regain the ability to drive as before, wait 15 days and apply for a limited license with restrictions on where you can drive and how much driving you can do or you can simply not drive for a year.
If this is a second offense in 10 years or third offense on record (revoked status) with an alcohol concentration level under 0.16 there is a 1 year suspension, and the only way to continue driving is to install an ignition interlock device.  If you 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 2 years unless you install an ignition interlock.
If your License is “Canceled and Denied as Inimical to Public Safety” the following apply:
  • Third offense within 10 years or fourth offense on record results in three (3) years minimum loss of driving privileges.
  • Fourth offense within 10 years results in four (4) years minimum loss of driving privileges.
  • Fifth or subsequent offense results in six (6) years minimum loss of driving privileges.

You can still regain driving privileges but you must:

  • Install an interlock device (IID) for the entire revocation period
  • You will be issued a Limited License for the first year of your ignition interlock program or until treatment is completed, whichever is longer
  • You will be issued a Restricted License  after one year of a limited license and completion of treatment.   You will regain your Class D driving privileges but will be restricted to driving a vehicle with an ignition interlock device installed.
  • NOTE:   Any failed tests will require the person to start the process over with a limited license, complete another chemical health assessment and comply with the requirements of the assessment
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Get your license back in Minnesota after a DWI

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

Requirements for those who have been revoked are summarized below.

How do I get an interlock license?

  • Call LifeSafer Ignition Interlock at 800-634-3077 to schedule your ignition interlock installation. Ask about discounts and special offers. You may install the device at any time but you must wait until you receive a notification from Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) before driving the vehicle.

  • Visit DVS to complete the following: Pass the DWI knowledge test, pay the $680 reinstatement fee and apply for a new Class D driver’s license and pay application fee. Keep your receipts for the reinstatement fee and application fee as you may need to submit them in the future.

  • Go online to complete and upload the ignition interlock forms, including: Ignition Interlock Participation Agreement, Certificate of Insurance for the vehicle(s) to be equipped with the device. If required, sign and notarize the Special Review Awareness form. You can also mail, drop off or fax your completed paperwork: Mail/drop-off: Driver and Vehicle Services Ignition Interlock Unit 445 Minnesota Street, Suite 177 Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101 Fax: (651) 797-1299 Email: dvs.ii@state.mn.us

  • You will receive your restricted license once DVS approves the application.

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