Washington DC Ignition Interlock Laws
When you are arrested for a DUI, DWI or OWI in Washington DC your license can be suspended in two different ways, administrative or judicial. An administrative suspension is a direct result of failing a breath test, or refusing to take one. Judicial suspensions are the result of being convicted in court of an offense. You must deal with both administrative and judicial actions.
Washington DC has different designations for different types of drunk driving. You can be charged with DUI, DWI or OWI depending on the circumstances.
- DUI. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was under .08 but you show other signs of impairment as determined by a police officer by observation or through a field sobriety test
- DWI. If your BAC was .08 or above. No sobriety test is necessary for conviction if a blood, breath or urine test reveals this level of alcohol in the blood.
- OWI. You can be charged with Operating While Impaired (OWI) even if your BAC is below .05, provided there is other evidence of impairment.
- The Washington DC Ignition Interlock Device (IID) program lets drivers reduce their revocation periods. You can participate in the DC ignition interlock program if you have been convicted or are under administrative suspension. You have held a DC DMV driver license immediately prior to revocation.
- To participate in the IID program you must not have any additional or pending license suspensions or revocations, must not have been convicted of causing injury or death while operating a motor vehicle in any jurisdiction, and must not have previously participated unsuccessfully in an IID program in DC or another jurisdiction for 5 years prior to the date of the application
- You must have an IID installed in all vehicles operated by you