Ignition Interlock Laws in Louisiana

Louisiana State SealWhen you are arrested for a DUI in Louisiana your license can be suspended in two different ways:

  1. Administrative, from the Louisiana DMV. This only happens if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one. Your license is confiscated immediately upon arrest and you are given a 30-day temporary driving permit. If you wish to challenge your suspension, you must do so within 15 days. If you do not, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, your license will be suspended for 6 months. There can be other administrative penalties for DUI, apart from ones levied by the courts
  2. Judicial. This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement.

Administrative and judicial cases are separate, and must be dealt with separately. It is possible that you are not convicted of DUI in court, but will still face the administrative suspension.

SituationFineJailLicense suspension
1st Offense$300 to $1,00010 days - 6 monthsUp to 90 days
2nd Offense$750 to $1,00030 days - 6 months1 year
3rd OffenseUp to $2,0001 - 5 years2 years
4th OffenseUp to $5,000Up to 30 years2 years
  • Penalties are higher if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 2.0 or higher upon arrest
  • An ignition interlock is required for a first offense if your BAC was 2.0 or higher
  • Ignition interlock devices are for all second and subsequent offenses.
  • When your license is suspended, if you need to drive for work purposes, you can apply for a hardship license. Having an ignition interlock device installed is a condition of obtaining the license after a DUI conviction

➨ Steps to Regaining Your License in Louisiana

Additional Resources

Louisiana Office Of Motor Vehicles
Louisiana Department Of Public Safety Office Of Motor Vehicles

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