What To Expect

If you’re new to ignition interlocks, you might not know what happens when you bring in your vehicle to have your device installed. You might even be nervous, but there’s no need to be – at LifeSafer we make the whole process fast and simple. Here is what to expect when you come in to your LifeSafer service provider:

Installation Process:

At your installation appointment you’ll drive your vehicle into the service bay, where a qualified service technician will inspect the mechanical and electrical systems.

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After the inspection, they will install the interlock, which consists of two elements:

  • The handset, a small device that looks like a portable phone, and
  • The relay module, a small box that fits inconspicuously under the dash out of sight. A coiled cord connects the handset to the relay module

The LifeSafer personnel will then show you how to use the device, and answer any questions you might have. After that, you’re good to go.

Allow two hours for the installation process, including instruction, although it might take less time.


If your interlock was ordered by a court or DMV, you’ll be required to come in for monitoring at regular intervals. Your LifeSafer technician will work out your schedule with you, and a light will flash on your handset reminding you that you’re due for monitoring.

For monitoring, just come in to your nearest LifeSafer location – it doesn’t need to be the same one at which you had your device installed. A technician will plug cables into your handset and relay and download the data. It should just take about 30 minutes and you’re on your way. We’ll take care of sending the data to the authorities.


When your interlock period is over, you can come into any LifeSafer location and have your interlock removed. Your vehicle will be exactly as it was before installation, with no sign of the device. De-installation generally takes 30 minutes.


Those are all the things you can expect when dealing with your ignition interlock device. In addition, every LifeSafer customer has the right to expect these things from us:

An Attitude of Respect:

Your LifeSafer service provider will always be supportive and attentive to confidentiality.

Professionalism and Expertise:

All our service providers are well versed in the regulations and expectations of state authorities, as well as all technical aspects of interlock installation and monitoring. We use that expertise to help you succeed in your program.

24/7/365 Availability:

We have more than 900 locations across the country, as well as a 24-hour call center — your assurance that whenever you have a question, we’ll be there for you, day or night.

Low Cost:

At LifeSafer we work hard to provide you with a low program cost. Note that there are never any hidden fees. The price we quote is the price you pay – no surprises!

Superior Technology:

LifeSafer has spent more than 20 years developing its proprietary fuel-cell sensor technology, which offers a precision superior to conventional law enforcement breath analysis equipment. Better technology prevents false positives, so you stay on the road safely and legally. That’s why LifeSafer is the most widely-used interlock in the U.S. today.