How To Apply For An Ignition Interlock License In Washington State
If your license was suspended administratively (as a result of a Department of Licensing Hearing) or through the courts (as a result of a criminal conviction), you may be eligible to apply for an Ignition Interlock License so that you can continue to drive during your suspension.
Who is eligible for an Ignition Interlock License?
- If you have been convicted of DUI, Physical Control, Vehicular Assault (involving drugs or alcohol), or Vehicular Homicide (involving drugs or alcohol) OR you have lost your license as a result of an administrative suspension; AND
- You have an unexpired license, or have applied and passed testing for a WA State driver’s license
Who is not eligible for an Ignition Interlock License?
- If your current suspension includes Minor in Possession
- If your current suspension includes Driving While Suspended in the First Degree
- If you have a CDL (commercial driver’s license), you may not get the license for your commercial driving purposes
- You do not have a Washington State residence and are not active duty military
How do I apply for the Ignition Interlock License in WA State?
- Install the ignition interlock device on any vehicles that you drive. Obtain proof of the installation from the installer or have them send it to the WA Department of Licensing
- Obtain proof of financial responsibility (i.e., SR-22 insurance)
- Complete the Ignition Interlock Application provided by the Department of Licensing
- Submit your completed application and proof of the above documents to the Department of Licensing along with the $100 fee (subject to change)
When will I be approved for the Ignition Interlock License?
- If your application is approved, the license will be sent to you as soon as your driver’s license suspension begins, or when it is processed by DOL, whichever is longer
What if I drive a company vehicle?
- If you drive a company vehicle that does not require a CDL, any vehicle you drive during work hours must be equipped with an ignition interlock device if your employer owns, rents, or leases the vehicle, or is temporarily responsible for its care or maintenance
- However, this requirement can be waived for most work vehicles if your employer signs an Employer Declaration for Ignition Interlock Exemption form and sends a copy to the Department of Licensing. Make sure that you carry a copy of the declaration whenever you drive for work
How much does the Ignition Interlock License cost?
- $100 for the application (subject to change)
- Monthly fee of maintaining the device in your vehicle (usually $70-$90)
- Monthly fee of maintaining proof of financial responsibility/SR-22
- Monthly Ignition Interlock Device Revolving Account fee ($20 and subject to change)
- You may be eligible for financial help if you can’t afford to install, lease and remove the device in the vehicles you drive. If you need assistance, submit the Ignition Interlock Device Financial Application to the Department of Licensing