Ohio Ignition Interlock OVI Laws

Ohio has two processes for OVI, one is administrative (licensing action taken by the BMV) and one is judicial.

Administrative: If you fail a breath test requested by an officer when you are arrested for OVI, or if you refuse to take one your license will be confiscated by the officer and your suspension will begin immediately. Suspensions last from 90 days to five years depending on any prior OVI arrests or convictions.

Judicial: The court can impose a suspension on your license either pre-trial or after conviction. Fines and jail time may also be required. For a complete listing of all Ohio OVI information, this chart from the Garfield Heights Municipal Court is comprehensive.

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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Interlock Process

An interlock license may help you reduce or avoid a license suspension. Find out more below.

How do I get an interlock license?


  • If you have been convicted of a drunk driving offense you may need an interlock license from the Ohio BMV. Check with your probation officer for specific requirements.

  • If you quality, Call LifeSafer Ignition Interlock at 800-634-3077 to schedule your ignition interlock installation.  Ask about discounts and special offers!

  • In addition to an interlock, you may need to complete the Driver Intervention Program, Alcohol Screenings, and proof of financial responsibility (also known as an SR22 insurance rider). Your insurance company can help you with this.

  • Pay all fees and fines, including a license reinstatement fee.

Interlock Cost

How much does an interlock cost in Ohio?

Ohioans will pay about $3 per day for an ignition interlock (IID). You may find an in-car breathalyzer for a cheaper price, but if you want a successful program, you need the best value.

For over 30 years, LifeSafer has been a trusted IID provider, offering excellent customer service and devices with the best precision and accuracy. No matter what vehicle you drive, your OH service centers have experienced technicians that can install your device with ease.

You can get an IID from anyone, but you can get the best IIDs with the best value from LifeSafer.

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LifeSafer partners in Ohio

Navigating OVI laws in Ohio can be difficult. That’s why LifeSafer partners with experienced OVI 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.


Nick Klingensmith
114 E. 8th St.
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202

Wilson Law

Lisa Wilson
101 North Front Street PO Box 69
Saint Marys, Ohio, 45885