Ignition Interlock Laws in Minnesota

Minnesota State SealMinnesota ignition interlock laws state that first-time alcohol offenders with a blood alcohol concentration(BAC) level of 0.16 or above and all second-time alcohol offenders may choose to enroll in the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Device Program to regain their driving privileges. You will have an interlock for the following period, depending on your record and BAC level:

Type of OffenseInterlock Period
3rd Alcohol Offense in 10 Years
or 4th on Record
3 years (1 yr limited license,
2 yrs restricted license)
4th Alcohol Offense in 10 Years4 years (1 yr limited license,
3 yrs restricted license)
5th or Subsequent Alcohol Offense6 years (1 yr limited license,
5 yrs restricted license)

In addition, drivers whose licenses are canceled and whose privileges are denied as “inimical to public safety” must enroll in the Ignition Interlock Device Program for a period of three to six years in order to regain full driving privileges.

Situation & TermDescription
First offense: 180 daysBAC .08 or more, or presence of a controlled substance.

With no OWI-related revocations in the previous 12 years, the person may apply for a temporary restricted license.

If an accident occurred, or BAC level was greater than .15, must wait 30 days from sanction to be eligible for a temporary restricted license.

If BAC greater than .1, or accident occurred, an individual must install an ignition interlock device to get temporary license.

Persons under 21 must wait 60 days after sanction for temporary restricted license.

Persons under age 18 are not eligible for a temporary license.
Second offense
or one or more
in the previous
12 years: One year
Not eligible for a temporary restricted license for 45 days.

Ignition interlock required for one year from the date of reinstatement for all vehicles person owns or operates.
Under age 18: Until expiration or age 18, whichever is laterPersons under age 18 are not eligible for a temporary license.
To participate in Minnesota’s Ignition Interlock Device Program you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old and eligible for a class D driver’s license or instruction permit
  • Own/drive a vehicle with valid insurance.
  • Have no outstanding withdrawals which would prohibit the issuance of a limited license or full license (either in Minnesota or in any other state)
  • Purchase special license plates from the Deputy Registrar if yours have been impounded
  • If driving privilege was revoked prior to age 18, you must not be subject to Vanessa’s Law
  • Sign a waiver of rights form if your driving privilege was withdrawn before July 1, 2011 – call DVS at (651) 296-2948

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