Ignition Interlock Laws in Wisconsin

Wisconsin ignition interlock laws require an ignition interlock device (IID) to be installed in the vehicles of all repeat OWI offenders, all first-time OWI offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or more, and all drivers who refuse to provide a breath or blood sample for a chemical test at a traffic stop.

A first OWI offense in Wisconsin is a misdemeanor charge which carries a penalty of a $300 fine and a suspended license. These penalties are doubled if there was a minor under 16 in the vehicle. You will also have to pay a driver improvement surcharge of $355.

A second OWI within 10 years is a misdemeanor charge which carries penalties which include a fine of up to $1100, a license suspension of at least one year, and a jail term of between 5 days and 6 months. If a minor under 16 was in the vehicle, penalties are doubled. You will also have to pay a driver improvement surcharge of $355, and all vehicles under your name will have to either be immobilized or have an ignition interlock installed.

A third OWI within 10 years is a misdemeanor charge which carries penalties which include a fine of up to $2000, a license suspension of at least one year, and a jail term of between 5 days and 1 year. If a minor under 16 was in the vehicle, penalties are doubled. You will also have to pay a driver improvement surcharge of $355, and all vehicles under your name will have to either be immobilized or have an ignition interlock installed.

Get your license back in Wisconsin after an OWI

Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) will be mandatory for the following convictions: ALL repeat OWIs, ALL refusals, ALL 1st offense OWI with an alcohol concentration of 0.15 or higher.

IIDs are required for every vehicle owned by or registered to the offender unless the vehicle is specifically exempted by the court.

How do I get an interlock license?

  • Check your driver’s license status to know if your license is valid, suspended, revoked or disqualified.

  • Check your eligibility for reinstatement to determine what conditions need to be met to reinstate your driving privilege.

  • Call LifeSafer Ignition Interlock at 800-634-3077 to schedule your ignition interlock installation.

  • Complete a Wisconsin Driver License Application, form MV3001.

  • Bring completed forms, proof of interlock installation and any required fees and fines to a driver’s licensing office. You may be able to pay online or by mail.

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