District of Columbia State Laws and IID Requirements
Washington D.C., also known as the District of Columbia, is not considered a part of any US state, nor is it a state on its own. Instead, it is a federal district and exclusively under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress. As such, the city has its own DUI laws, penalties, and restrictions.
What Happens if I Get a DUI in the District of Columbia?
First DUI Offense
- License revoked for six months
- Fines of up to $1,000
- 180 days in jail maximum (no mandatory jail time if BAC is .02 or lower)
Second DUI Offense
- License revoked for one year
- Fines of $2,500 to $5,000
- One year in jail maximum
Third DUI Offense
- License revoked for two years
- Fines of $2,500 to $10,000
- One year in jail maximum
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How Do I Get an Ignition Interlock License in the District of Columbia?
Washington D.C. has a mandatory interlock program that allows eligible offenders to regain driving privileges during the license revocation period. To qualify, offenders will need to meet the following criteria:
- Must hold a valid DC driver’s license at the time of offense
- Have been convicted of an alcohol or drug-related driving offense
- Cannot have other pending license suspensions or revocations on record
- Were not convicted of causing injury or death during the incident
- Must be enrolled in or have completed a substance abuse treatment program approved by the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health
- Cannot have unsuccessfully participated in the IID program or a similar program in another state or jurisdiction in the five years preceding their application
- Certificate of coverage proving they maintain high-risk SR22 insurance
- Satisfy requirements put forth by DC Clean Hands
Interlock Devices in District of Columbia
Eligible drivers are able to regain driving privileges by installing an ignition interlock device approved by the District. ADS is an approved provider, and has one location within Washington D.C., and nearly a hundred more throughout the state of Maryland. ADS devices are easy to use and feature bilingual prompts in both English and Spanish.
Ignition Interlock Device Cost in District of Columbia
Offenders are required to cover the cost of installation and leasing of the ignition interlock device. The devices cost between $100 and $150 to install, and $2.50 to $3.50 per day to lease. If you are unable to afford the interlock costs, there may be financial assistance available. Check with the court and your attorney to determine if you qualify for financial aid.
Ignition Interlock Installation Near Me Washington D.C.
ADS has a vast partner network with more than 5,500 locations nationwide. There is one location within the District of Columbia itself, and nearly a hundred more throughout the state of Maryland. This should make it easy to find one near you. When you are ready, we can help you make your appointment for installation. At the appointment, technicians will show you how to operate the interlock device and ensure you understand how it works. They will also provide the certificate of installation, which may be required to regain driving privileges.
Readers of this website should contact their attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular legal matter. Only your individual attorney can provide assurances that the information contained herein – and your interpretation of it – is applicable or appropriate to your particular situation.