LifeSafer Ignition Interlock

Washington D.C.

Get your license back in Washington D.C. After a DWI

To be considered for the DC Interlock Program, you must:

  • Have held a DC DMV driver license immediately prior to revocation;
  • Been convicted in court of an alcohol-related offense or had your license revoked administratively because of an alcohol-related offense;
  • Not have any additional or pending license suspensions or revocations;
  • Have not been convicted of causing injury or death while operating a motor vehicle in any jurisdiction;
  • Have enrolled or completed a District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) approved substance abuse treatment program.

District of Columbia
Information on District of Columbia DWI and Ignition Interlock Laws


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.

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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.

What does an ignition interlock (car breathalyzer) cost in Washington D.C.?

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 the pricing for your program.

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