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Special Ignition Interlock Restricted Driver License(SIIDL) Process in the State of Arizona

Arizona shows no tolerance for drunk drivers. The state’s DUI alcohol laws are considered one of the toughest in the country. Anyone driving under the influence of alcohol is subject to arrest no matter whether it was affecting their motor driving ability or not.

Not only this, the MVD (Motor Vehicle Division) also suspends the driving license of the offender for a minimum of 30 days. However, this duration increases to one year if the person refuses to submit to a breath, blood or urine test. The penalties increase depending upon the severity of the offense or BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) or BrAC (Breath Alcohol content)reading.

As the DUI process in Arizona can be really confusing, it becomes difficult to navigate through the process if the person doesn’t have ample and correct information about the law. The state law mandates the use of aCIID (Certified ignition interlock device) in the vehicle of the person who is convicted of a 1st offense DUI after serving a minimum 30 day license suspension. However, the state DUI law is equal for everyone. So, don’t expect that you’ll be spared if you prove that you’re a good person.

How Does the SIIRDL Process Work?

Let us first understand the types of DUI offenses and penalties associated with them.

  • First Offense


If you refuse to submit to a blood, breath or urine test when found drinking/drunk and driving, you are subject to automatic license suspension for ninety days to one year and a penalty including DUI base fine, Arizona DUI surcharge, probation surcharge, prison construction assessment and Arizona extra DUI assessment. Besides this, the minimum jail time is 24 hours. Furthermore, you are required to equip your vehicle with an Ignition Interlock device for a minimum of six months.


  • Second Offense


The second offense is divided under five categories. The penalties including license suspension time, fine and jail time vary depending upon what you are charged with.

However, you may be eligible for an SIIRDL (Special Ignition Interlock Restricted Driver’s License) from the Arizona MVD (Motor Vehicle Division) in case the driver’s license suspension had resulted from a DUI violation on or after Feb 1, 2006.

SIIRDL: Special Ignition Interlock Restricted Driver’s License

To be eligible for an SIIRDL means that

  • There are no outstanding or pending restrictions and penalties on your driving record other than DUI charges
  • Traffic Survival School completion within 90 days from eligibility
  • You have paid all applicable fees
  • You have completed alcohol /Drug Screening
  • You are through alcohol treatment program if you required
  • Some are required to get a SR22  certificate through their insurance company

Once MVD gives you the green light saying that you are eligible for the program, you can get SIIRDL after installing ignition interlock devices in your vehicle. This license allows individuals to drive

  • From residence to workplace and vice versa
  • To alcohol treatment facility
  • To healthcare professional or a hospital
  • To probation officer
  • Medical appointments
  • Ignition Interlock device maintenance appointments
  • To school

What is Ignition Interlock Device?

An ignition interlock device is a small box slightly bigger than a large cell phone that is installed and wired to the ignition of your car. You will have to blow into it to start your vehicle. It will start only if BrAC reading is less than or up to 0.03% BrAC. On detection of alcohol, the engine will not start. The device also requires random tests requiring timely breath samples.   Failure to take the random running tests can result in a violation and a possible extension of the interlock program. 

The installation of an IID won’t harm your car in any way if it is done correctly. Make sure to get it done from a certified service provider, such as QuickStart Ignition Interlock Arizona. The technician or representative installing the device will train you on how to use it.

Documents Required to Get IID Installed on Your Car

At the time of installation on IID on your car, you will have to produce

  • Ignition Interlock Letter from MVD
  • Vehicle Registration Copy
  • Driver’s License or Government issued picture ID
  • Authorization letter from the owner if vehicle is not registered with your name

You will be then issued an SIIRDL by MVD after showing them the Install Verification Form from the service provider. The device monitoring appointments are scheduled from time to time (once a month for first three months and then once in every two months) to inspect the device and calibrate it to ensure accuracy. The person charged with the DUI is required to be present at the time of device monitoring. All the details and information are obtained during these appointments are electronically sent to Arizona’s MVD.

If you’re caught driving a car without IID under your SIIRDL, you’ll be charged with a crime as this is considered as the violation of law.

“Navigating through the web of court mandates and MVD requirements can be difficult and frustrating.  At QuickStart Ignition Interlock we strive to make the process easy thus eliminating some of the frustrations that coincide with a DUI offense,” says President of QuickStart Ignition Interlock, a certified Arizona Ignition Interlock provider. 

Once MVD gives you the green light saying that you are eligible for the program, you can get SIIRDL after installing ignition interlock devices in your vehicle. Make sure to get it done from a certified service provider, such as QuickStart Ignition Interlock Arizona.


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