After a DUI, there are plenty of steps you can make in order to get yourself back on the road and resume your life. In Virginia, you can make that process faster when you pre-qualify for an ignition interlock device, even before you get your restricted driver’s license in hand. Since Virginia requires every DUI offender to install and maintain an ignition interlock device, the faster you are able to actually use the device, the better off you are in moving beyond your DUI conviction.
Virginia’s DUI laws state that before regaining your license, you must have an ignition interlock installed. This means you need to:
- Enroll in the VASAP (Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program) before your court date.
- Follow any and all court directives once you have been heard by a judge.
- Consult with your local ASAP office for a list of approved vendors and select your ignition interlock service provider.
- Have the ignition interlock device installed and provide proof to your local ASAP office.
Once you have completed those steps, your VASAP will inform the Virginia DMV that you have completed the steps for regaining your driver’s license. You may then head to the DMV and get your restricted license. Just be sure that until you have your restricted license in your hand, you are not driving your vehicle. Driving without a license, even with the ignition interlock device installed, is illegal and will cause you more problems in court and with your ability to drive in the future.
Going through the process of installing an ignition interlock device after a Virginia DUI shows that you are committed to staying sober behind the wheel. Once you have completed the requirements for regaining your license, you can then demonstrate to the court and others on the road that your bad judgment will not continue and that the safety of everyone is your biggest priority.