Frequently Asked Questions

Were you just notified by the DMV that you are required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle in order to get your drivers license back? Below you will find the answers to most of your questions.

What is an ignition interlock device?
An ignition interlock device is a breath analyzer that was created in order to prevent someone who has been drinking alcohol from driving a motor vehicle. In other words, an interlock device is simply a breathalyzer for your vehicle. Its purpose is to ensure that the vehicle’s driver isn’t putting anyone at risk due to his or her possible alcohol consumption. An ignition interlock requires a breath sample every time you start your car to ensure that you aren’t impaired.
How does an ignition interlock device work?
An ignition interlock device interrupts the signal from the ignition to the starter until the minimal alcohol guidelines in that state are met. In other words, the device acts as a buffer that prevents you from starting your vehicle without first knowing if you have any alcohol in your system. This device does not have the ability to shut off your car once it is turned on as it is merely connected to the starter and battery of your vehicle, not your engine.
Are ignition interlock devices effective against drunk driving?
Believe it or not, interlocking devices are very effective against drunk driving. It makes sense considering that a person is literally incapable of drinking alcohol and starting their vehicle, but the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have also found that there is clear evidence that the ignition interlock device installed in the offender’s vehicle is much more effective than alternative methods like license suspension or revocation in deterring DUI recidivism. In fact, an International Council on Alcohol Drugs and Traffic Safety study concluded that “breath alcohol ignition interlock devices, when embedded in a comprehensive monitoring and service program lead to 45% to 95% reductions in the rate of repeat DWI offenses of convicted DWI offenders.” Feel free to read more about it here. But it’s for this reason that the state of California now requires these devices.
How Do I Get My License Back?

Normally, at the time of arrest, or shortly after, you will receive an Order of Suspension. Though there are some cases that your license is suspended immediately upon arrest, this isn’t extremely likely. Make sure you do your due diligence in reading all of the paperwork you receive from both the court and the Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure you are being legally responsible.

Upon suspension of your license, you will need to enroll in an appropriate, approved, DUI Program. You need to ask the provider to file a Proof of Enrollment Certificate on your behalf. This DL-107 form is normally submitted to the DMV electronically from the DUI Program.

You will also need to obtain proof of financial responsibility, usually in the form of an SR-22, which is a special type of car insurance liability coverage. Finally, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in order to be legally eligible to operate a motor vehicle again.

After you contact us, we will contact our friends at the DMV on your behalf to make sure you are eligible to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. We will set up an appointment for you, and once we’ve installed an ignition interlock device into your vehicle. we will issue you a DL920 form that you will have to hand to the Department of Motor Vehicles and pay a fee in order to get your restricted license.

In short, the only way to get your license back is to meticulously follow the steps set up for you by the state of California. You will need to enroll in DUI classes, purchase SR-22 insurance, install an ignition interlock device, and pay all fines and fees associated with these steps.

How long does this entire process take?
In addition to spending your money, you are also spending a lot of your time dealing with a DUI. We know how valuable your time is, and it is largely for this reason that Golden State Interlock is the fastest and most efficient interlock device company in Los Angeles. In addition to having the best and most time efficient installers in California, we also offer the fastest interlock device on the market. There is no waiting for it to warm up, and there is no chance of our device locking you out. Those precious extra moments that our device provides you could be used to earn the money you need to pay fines associated with your DUI or time spent with loved ones in the comfort of your own home. Our goal is to have you installed within 24 hours of the moment you call us.
Do you help with SR22 insurance?
Yes. We don’t sell insurance but we are partnered with many insurance companies who can beat any quote you’ve gotten from your current insurance company. Your SR22 Insurance is mandatory in legally driving a motor vehicle even with the ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.
Are ignition interlock devices held to any quality standards?
Ignition interlock devices play a very important role in ensuring the safety of all drivers and pedestrians. Because of this, it is held to very strict quality standards. As a matter of fact, it needs to meet the strict requirements of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the NHTSA. It also needs to undergo a series of tests before it gets approved in the state where it is intended to be sold and before it is leased in the market. NHTSA has also released a model guidelines as a way of encouraging the states to adopt the said device for drivers who have already been convicted for drunk driving.
Can an ignition interlock device be installed in a motorcycle in california?
No. The California Department of Motor Vehicles does not permit installation of an ignition interlock device on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, you will not be able to drive your bike until you receive your license back without restrictions.
Can i install an ignition interlock device in an electric vehicle?
In most cases, we can install ignition interlock devices in almost any vehicle. However, there are a few solely electric vehicles that have known to have issues accepting an ignition interlock device. Make sure to give us a call if you have an electric vehicle to inform us of the year, make, and model of your vehicle so that we can do everything we can to make it work for you.
Will an ignition interlock device damage my vehicle?
An ignition interlock device will not damage your vehicle. Our certified ignition interlock installers have been installing devices into all types of vehicles for more than a decade. Our selection process for each and every one of our installers is meticulous as we want to make sure that each and every one of our clients is content with our work. Regardless of the make and model of your vehicle, our installers will not do anything to risk damaging your vehicle.
Can an ignition interlock device shut off my vehicle?

Absolutely not. Once you start your vehicle, the ignition interlock device will not shut off your vehicle. This device only prevents drivers from starting their vehicles when they are influenced by alcohol but will not shut off the vehicle while it is moving as this would defeat the purpose of driver safety. Once the vehicle’s engine is on, the device will not have an impact on your vehicle’s operations. The primary goal of an ignition interlock device is to guarantee the safety of all the people who drive a car after drinking alcohol. This device mandates a breath test for alcohol so that a person can legally drive. The device is installed and connected to your starter, not your engine.

Are ignition interlock devices difficult to use?
There are a variety of ignition interlock devices in the market with some being more challenging to use than others. Our device is the easiest device to use on the market. We do understand that having a random device installed in your car that you don’t want in or anywhere near your vehicle in the first place is frustrating, and can also be worrisome. It’s easy to understand that you may be concerned with how your interlocking device could affect the way you drive, but our device only requires a 1.5 second blow. Compared to other devices where you have to blow/hum/blow or blow/suck/blow, our device is as easy to use as blowing bubbles into a cup.
Are ignition interlock devices safe?
You must use your own discretion while driving to determine when it’s adequately safe to blow into your device when it prompts you to do so. For example, if you are uncomfortable driving on freeways, we strongly advise not attempting to blow into the device when passing an 18-wheeler on a two-lane highway that doesn’t have a shoulder, but hopefully common sense would advise you to do the same. As with all of your choices you will make going forward, just make the smarter one.
Is performing a test while driving dangerous?
We advise all of our clients/customers to use common sense while blowing into an ignition interlock device while driving. With the device that we use, there is no need for you to take your eyes off the road. If you can sip a drink from a straw while driving, you can blow into our device. Safety is and has been our primary concern here at Golden State Interlock, so make sure you feel safe performing a rolling retest prior to doing so.
How often do i have to blow into the ignition interlock device?
With Golden State Interlock device, you will be prompted between 4 and 7 minutes after starting your vehicle to provide another breath sample. Following this test, you will be asked to blow into the device approximately 15 minutes later. Finally, your device will prompt you approximately every subsequent 25 minutes thereafter. Keep in mind that with our device you will have about 5 minutes to pull over to ensure that you are safe to blow a breath sample. It would defeat our purposes of precaution and safety if we were to demand that you take your eyes off the road to make sure you’re being a safe driver—and frankly, it’d be stupid. Be sure to remember that it is your responsibility to take the test as soon as you can, but also know that our device won’t be holding a gun to your head to do so, so make sure you are safe first and foremost.
What is a rolling/running retest?
A “Rolling Retest” is simply a breath test while you are driving. According to California state regulation, you are required to periodically submit the additional breath samples while you are driving in order for you to continuously prove the absence of alcohol. When undergoing a rolling retest (within 4 to 12 minutes of starting your car), the device will ask you to provide another breath sample. Following this test, you will be asked for another set of samples approximately every 15 – 25 minutes.. In the case that you are uncomfortable providing the samples while you are driving, here at Golden State Interlock, will give you a significant time to provide the sample.
Can other people operate my vehicle?

Anyone who has a driver’s license can drive your vehicle. Your friend, enemy, or any member of your family can use your vehicle. On the other hand, they have to submit a breath sample in order for them to start the engine and drive the same way to you. Thus, you need to keep a record of the person who will drive your vehicle and when it will happen. You have responsibility for all the important information of the data log whoever driving your car. And regardless of the one who is driving need to take the test or breath sample.

Can i have someone else blow into the device if i’m not driving?
No. It is illegal for you to have someone else blow into the device for the purpose of you operating your motor vehicle. As is fairly obvious, this would defeat the purpose of having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. Getting caught driving intoxicated while having this device in your vehicle has harsh consequences including hefty fines and jail time. If you have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, never have anyone else blow into the device for you.
Can i travel out of state with the device installed in my car?
Yes. You may travel out of the state, or even out of the country, with the device installed in your vehicle. You will have a driver’s license, but you will be limited to driving vehicles with an ignition interlock device installed only. So as long as the vehicle has an ignition interlock device installed, you can drive where ever your car can take you as your California driver’s license is valid.
Do i need to install an ignition interlock device if i was convicted of a dui in a different county?
As of January 1, 2019, the SB1046 law was implemented requiring every first DUI offender in every county in the state of California install an IID in their vehicle in order to get their license back. First DUI offenders with injury are required to have the IID installed for 6 months, while first DUI offenders with no injury have the option of either choosing a 6-month IID with full driving privileges or a 1-year restricted license limited them to drive to and from work/treatment program.
Do i need to install an ignition interlock device if i was convicted of a dui in a different state?
If you received a DUI in a different state, you have a couple of options moving forward. You could contact an Ignition Interlock Device company in the state of your DUI conviction, or you could contact the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state you received your DUI and request that they forward your DUI information to the state of California. In some very rare cases, the state in which you received the DUI conviction could issue you a form that could relieve you of your obligation for an ignition interlock device.
How much will it cost me to install a device?
Here at Golden State Interlock, our primary goal is to make the traumatic experience of receiving a DUI an easier process to go through. This includes, but is not limited to, saving you money. We are well aware of how much it costs in dealing with the receiving a DUI.

For your convenience, we offer all-inclusive pricing and when you lease one of our devices, you will never pay more than what you expected to pay. All of our price quotes are all-inclusive and will include installation, calibration, removal, service fees, technical support, taxes, insurance, and all lockout codes. Though we can’t afford to help you pay for your fees, fines, or classes, we can help to work out a deal with you regarding the cost of your new brand new interlocking device! But seriously, our costs are very affordable and if needed, we can even put you on a payment plan.

What happens if i drink alcohol and blow into the device?
If you haven’t been drinking and you blow into the device, the car will start as it usually does. If you have been drinking, the interlocking device in your car will warn you that you failed, keep a record that you failed, and prevent you from driving until you provide a clean breath sample. Though all of this sounds somewhat discouraging, here at Golden State Interlock, we are here for your convenience. We will walk you through everything so that this process is as quick and painless as possible. We pride ourselves in our unmatched customer service, great costs, superior products, and fantastic reviews.
Will i ever get stranded with an ignition interlock device installed on my vehicle?
That depends if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Not only are we the exclusive distributor of the best interlock device on the market in California: the B.E.S.T Labs Inc. FR 9000 Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device, but our customer service representatives are on standby twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In the event that you can’t start your vehicle due to alcohol on your breath, you may have to wait until the alcohol on your breath fades away, but one of our customer service associates will be on hand to assist any questions or concerns you might have.
Are false positive breath alcohol readings common?
With our state-of-the-art device, false positives rarely happen. For instance, compared to other devices, a RockStar energy drink or a triple shot of Espresso will not raise any red flags. If you do happen to receive a false positive however, don’t panic. Just give us a call and we will discuss the issue with you further.
What causes a false positive on an ignition interlock device?
A false positive may be triggered in our device only if you have had a product that contains alcohol in your mouth. This could include things like mouthwash or chloraseptic spray, but could also include sugar alcohols found in many products. The sugar alcohols commonly found in foods are sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, isomalt, and hydrogenated starch hydrolysates. So, it’s wise to look at the ingredients of things that you put in your mouth if you don’t do that already. It’s smart to rinse thoroughly with water after having any type of alcohol in your mouth that could trick the device into thinking you were out drinking alcohol. Golden State Interlock’s ignition interlock device has a cutoff level of BAC 0.025 which means you will not get false positives from foods or drinks with slight levels of alcohol.
What if i have a respiratory problem that won’t allow me to blow into the device?
Here at Golden State Interlock, we not only guarantee our work, we guarantee your satisfaction. Our goal here is to alleviate any stress that is related to your already stressful situation. We understand that illnesses like asthma, emphysema, or some kind of temporary lung infection are medical conditions that prevent people from blowing like a healthy person, and we will do everything we can to cater to our clients’ needs.

Fortunately, our devices here at Golden State Interlock are the best on the market. We use the Best Labs Inc.’s FR 9000 Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device which is, by far, the best device on the market today. With this device, adjustments can be made to cater to medical conditions that deter a healthy blow. In other words, our device can be made weaker so that it will accept a breath from someone who may have problems with breathing.

If i have more than one vehicle, do i have to install an ignition interlock device on all of them?
If you have two cars, you do not have to install an ignition interlock device in both of them. However, if you’d like to drive both vehicles, you do have to install a device in both vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles only require that you install the device in one vehicle, however. Upon installation, you will receive a restricted driver’s license limiting you to operating motor vehicles that have ignition interlock devices installed in them. For this reason, you cannot drive any car that does not have an ignition interlock device installed. If you’d like to drive more than one vehicle, you have to make sure that that vehicle meets the restrictions on your license (ie. IID).
What if i have questions about how to use the device itself?
If you happen to have any additional questions or concerns about using the device itself, check out our “Already with us?” in the menu.

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