If you are convicted of drunk driving in New Jersey for a charge that was brought against you after December 1, 2019, you will have to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed on your car at some point. But when can you remove it once your sentence has been completed?

What You Need to Do to Remove the IID

In order to remove it, you must obtain from the IID vendor a certification that:

During the final 30 days of the installation period there was no more than one (1) incidence where the device showed a BAC of 0.08% or higher (unless a re-test was conducted within 5 minutes of the initial test showing a BAC below 0.08%);

  • During the final 30 days of the installation period there was no more than one (1) incidence where you failed to take the test; and
  • That you complied with all of the required maintenance, repair, calibration, monitoring, and inspection for the device.

Failure to Remove It Is Not an Option

If the vendor does not issue such certification because there were two or more test results of 0.08% or higher during those 30 days, it must forward that reason (and the test results) to the Motor Vehicles Commission and the court. The judge must then decide whether to extend the period of usage for the IID for up to 90 days or order the issuance of the certification by the vendor.

You do not want to fail in the last month and have another 1 to 3 months using that device (and another $100 to $300 in costs out of your pocket).

Looking for More Information?

Want to know more about the interlock device or your DUI charge? Then check out the links below or then download my free book, How Much Trouble Am I In? A Guide to New Jersey Drunk Driving Law.

If your case hasn't gone to court yet, you are thinking that you should have an attorney represent you, your charge is in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Sale, or Cumberland Counties, and you are ready to take action, then call my office at 856-432-4113 to schedule an appointment.

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