I have been granted a hardship license in conjunction with the installation of an ignition interlock device. What do I do?
Please click on the attached link: hardship license/ignition interlock instructions for information about a hardship license and ignition interlock devices. A hardship license in conjunction with the installation of an ignition interlock device may be granted by a sentencing court pursuant to RIGL § 31-27-2.8 (b) (7). Please be advised that if you have been granted a hardship license in conjunction with the installation of an ignition interlock device by the sentencing court, you must immediately report this information to the Adjudication Office of the Division of Motor Vehicles to have the appropriate restrictions added to your driver’s license. Failure to report in a timely manner may result in the motorist having to return to the sentencing court to explain the delay in reporting.
The following companies are currently certified in Rhode Island to lease, sell and install ignition interlock systems. Each provider markets a different device and each has their own fees and policies. Listed below is the contact information for each of these companies.
What is an Ignition Interlock System?
An ignition interlock device (IID), many times referred to as a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID), is slightly larger than a cell phone and is wired to the vehicle's ignition. These devises can generally be installed quickly. After installation it will require your breath sample before the engine will start. If the ignition interlock detects alcohol on your breath the engine will not start. As you drive the devise will periodically require additional breath samples to insure the absence of alcohol in your system.
Can Ignition Interlock Systems prevent drunk driving?
It will not prevent all impaired driving but if used consistently it will lead to a substantial reduction in the rate of repeat drunk driving offenders. Ignition interlocks work best when combined with other drunk driving prevention programs.
When and how are they used?
Anyone can have an ignition interlock system installed on their vehicle. Parents may install a system to insure the safety of the young drivers in the family or a court may require one to be installed on any vehicle that someone convicted of a DWI drives.
Is there a fee for the hardship license?
Yes. If you have been granted a hardship license from the sentencing court you must have an ignition interlock device installed in conjunction with the hardship license. The Division of Motor Vehicles imposes a $100.00 fee, pursuant to RIGL § 31-49-2, for the ignition interlock device restriction. This fee is in addition to any fees charged by the ignition interlock provider. The motorist will also be charged a fee of $26.50 to obtain an updated driver’s license indicating the hardship license and ignition interlock device restrictions.
Who can install an ignition interlock device?
Only an installer licensed by one of the approved providers listed above may install and monitor the approved interlock device. Please contact one of these providers to coordinate the installation process.
Can I get a hardship license without an ignition interlock device?
No. A hardship license is only granted in conjunction with the installation of an ignition interlock device.
Can I get a hardship license for any license suspension or just an alcohol-related license suspension?
In accordance with RIGL § 31-27-2.8 (b) (7), a hardship license can only be granted during periods of license suspension for certain alcohol-related offenses. Please refer to the sentence imposed by the court to see if you have been granted a hardship license.