DUI and DWI charges are always serious and have serious consequences in Texas. One of these consequences may be an ignition interlock device. The court can order that you install one of these devices in your vehicle so that whenever you plan to drive, you have to blow into it. If you are intoxicated, your car will not start. These interlock devices come with several features to restrict drivers from fooling them too, as to keep you from reoffending.
If ordered to have an interlock device, you will need a special license. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, if the court tells you to obtain an IID, then the court also cancels your driving privileges until you install the IID.
In order to reinstate your driving privileges, you need to obtain a restricted interlock license. If you want a license, you have to have a valid driver’s license. This means that your license was not expired, revoked or cancelled for any other reason. In addition, you must pay a restricted interlock license fee and any other outstanding fees.
In order to install your interlock device, there are certified service centers. The Regulatory Services Division of the Department certifies each location so that you know where you can go to install or service the device. The only way that you can remove the ignition interlock device is through a court order. Once removed, you can also request that your license become free of any restrictions.
The above article is supposed to educate on ignition interlock licenses. It is not intended to be legal advice.