Ignition Interlock Laws in Oregon

Oregon law requires any driver convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) to have their driving privileges suspended. In many cases, the offender will be able to regain driving privileges by installing an ignition interlock device, including an electronic log device, on their vehicle. Offenders are responsible for all costs associated with the installation and maintenance of the device.

When you are arrested for a DUII in Oregon your license can be suspended in two different ways:

  1. Administrative. This only happens if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one. Your license will be suspended immediately, and the arresting officer will give you a temporary driving permit good for 10 days so you can get your affairs in order. During this time you can challenge your case. If you decide not to, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, your license will be suspended on the 11th day for 3 months
  2. Judicial. This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement

You must attend to both suspensions in order to regain your driving privileges.

  • After 30 days of administrative suspension you can apply for an ignition interlock device to regain your driving privileges
  • For judicial suspensions, you may apply for an ignition interlock after a period of 30 days for 1st offense, 1 year for 2nd offense, and 10 years for 3rd and subsequent offenses. The period for which you must have an interlock installed after license reinstatement can be up to 2 years
  • Alcohol/drug screening interview, evaluation and treatment program is mandatory
  • You might have to attend a victim impact treatment session

Steps to Regaining Your License in Oregon

Oregon ignition interlock laws require that any driver convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) will have driving privileges suspended. In many cases you will be able to regain driving privileges by installing an ignition interlock device, including an electronic log device, on your vehicle.

Here’s how to get back on the road after a DUI in Oregon – quickly, safely and legally.

  1. You will receive a notice of suspension or revocation in the mail. Call the Oregon DMV at (503) 945-5000 to check on your eligibility for reinstatement
  2. Make an appointment to have your ignition interlock installed by calling toll-free 800-634-3077
  3. Have your ignition interlock installed. LifeSafer will give you proof of installation and notify the Oregon DMV to minimize hassles for you
  4. You will need to pay a $75 reinstatement fee and, if your license was confiscated, a $26.50 replacement fee
  5. If required, obtain SR-22 proof of insurance. You can get details from your insurance agent or company
  6. You will have to submit a DUII Treatment Completion Certificate from an approved treatment program
  7. You can apply for reinstatement in person at your local DMV office or by mail
  8. That’s it! You’re good to go. But remember…
  9. Come in for regular monitoring. This is essential for proper maintenance of the program as well as a condition for keeping your restricted license

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Get your license back in Oregon after a DUII

To make sure you are eligible, contact DMV at 503-945-5000.

How do I get an interlock license?

  • Sign and date a Hardship Permit application, Department of Motor Vehicle form 735-6044. Pay a non-refundable $50 application fee.

  • Submit a $75 reinstatement fee.

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

  • Submit an SR-22 Certificate of Liability Insurance. Your insurance company can help you with this.

  • Submit all required paperwork to: DMV – Driver Suspension Unit 1905 Lana Avenue NE Salem, OR 97314

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