California DUI laws are a little more complicated than in other states, particularly the part about how to get hold of an ignition interlock device (IID). California is currently looking into expanding its all-offender IID program across the entire state, but unless your DUI happened in those four counties with the pilot program, you may have a more difficult time reinstating your license to drive.
You can get a California IID and restricted license if:
- You are court-ordered to install the device. Even outside of the pilot program, a judge can mandate that you install the device once you serve out the terms of your DUI conviction and license suspension.
- You are caught driving illegally on a suspended or revoked license. The California DMV will require you to install an IID if you intend to drive again.
- You’ve been convicted of two or more DUIs. Once you serve out your license suspension, you will be required to install an IID before you can legally drive.
- You were convicted of a “wet reckless” charge. After 90 days and other eligibility criteria, you can get your California IID.
- You have three or more DUI convictions. After serving five years of your license revocation, and without any other offenses, you could be eligible for the device and early reinstatement of your license.
- You live in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, or Tulare County. As a part of the pilot program, you will only be able to drive after ANY DUI if you install an interlock.
Plus, you can always choose to install the device voluntarily; no DUI or criminal charge is needed for you to have the device installed on your own.
While California sorts out its position on all-offender ignition interlock laws and requirements, there is already plenty of evidence that the devices are working to prevent further DUI incidents. If you’re ready to get your life back on track after a DUI, installing a California IID is one of the least complicated steps you can take.