DWI applies to a person having a statutorily prohibited blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. You can be convicted in court based solely on the breath, blood, or urine results without any structured field sobriety test.
DWI applies to a person having a blood alcohol concentration of .07 percent or lower. Under DC Code, a driver can be charged with a DWI offense if, in addition to a BAC reading, the officer has other signs of impairment from a structured field sobriety test and from observations of the suspect’s driving behavior.
A first offense for DWI can result in jail time of up to 180 days and/or a fine of $1,000. A full list of the penalties can be found here on the DC Metropolitan Police Department website.
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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To be considered for the DC Interlock Program, you must:
Complete and submit the DC DMV Ignition Interlock Program Application and pay the associated DMV fees.
Obtain and maintain High-Risk SR22 Insurance. Your insurance agent or company can help with this.
Meet any other criteria as required by the Director of the DMV
The completed application must be submitted by email to [email protected], fax to 202-727-6003, or mail to:
DC Department of Motor Vehicles
Attn: Driver Services Administration/IID Program
95 M Street, SW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20024
Upon receipt of your application, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person appointment. For enrollment or eligibility questions you may call 311 (202-737-4404).
Once approved, call LifeSafer Ignition Interlock to schedule your installation.
The cost of an ignition interlock varies, but LifeSafer works hard to make it affordable. The average cost for an interlock is about $3.00 per day, much less than the penalties for driving with a suspended license. Call us today to find out pricing for your program.
Here’s help to stay organized. Our checklist will make sure you have all your information in one place.
We’ll send you a reminder email before your installation. If you can’t make your appointment, please call us at least 24 hours in advance to avoid missed appointment fees.