If you have a DUI on your record you may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your car. An IID is a small hand-held breathalyzer that you must blow into before starting your car. If the device detects alcohol on your breath the car will not start.
Renting a car with an IID is possible but it may be difficult to find a rental car company that will allow it. Hertz for example does not allow IIDs in their rental cars. However some smaller local companies may be willing to accommodate you.
If you are able to find a company that will rent you a car with an IID be prepared to pay a higher rental rate and to put down a larger deposit than usual. You will also be required to sign a contract agreeing to install the IID in the rental car and to use it every time you drive.
What is an interlock device?
An interlock device is a device that is installed in a vehicle that prevents the engine from starting unless the driver blows into the device and registers a blood alcohol level below a preset limit.
Can you rent a car with an interlock device in all states?
No as of July 2018 only New York Arizona Colorado Illinois Louisiana Nebraska New Mexico Oklahoma Oregon Rhode Island Tennessee Washington and Wisconsin have laws in place allowing people to rent cars with interlock devices.
How long does it typically take to install an interlock device?
It usually takes around an hour to install an interlock device.
How much does it cost to rent a car with an interlock device?
There is no standard fee for renting a car with an interlock device as it can vary depending on the state the rental company and the type of vehicle.
Do you have to be 21 or older to rent a car with an interlock device?
No there is no nationwide law that dictates an age requirement for renting a car with an interlock device.
How does an interlock device work?
An interlock device is installed in a vehicle and is connected to the ignition.
In order to start the car the driver must blow into the device and if the blood alcohol content registers below a preset limit the car will start.
Can you bypass an interlock device?
No it is not possible to bypass an interlock device.
What is the legal blood alcohol limit in most states?
The legal blood alcohol limit in most states is 0.
How often do you have to blow into the interlock device?
In most states you have to blow into the interlock device every time you start the car.
What happens if you try to start the car and fail the breath test?
If you try to start the car and fail the breath test the car will not start and the interlock device will record the failed test.
Are there any consequences for failing a breath test?
The consequences for failing a breath test can vary depending on the state but may include a warning a fine or the suspension of your license.
How long do you have to use an interlock device?
The length of time you have to use an interlock device depends on the state but is typically between 6 and 18 months.
Can you remove an interlock device early?
In most states you can remove an interlock device early if you complete the required number of successful breath tests.
What is the success rate of interlock devices?
Interlock devices have been shown to be effective in reducing drunk driving with a success rate of around 70-80%.
Are there any other benefits to using an interlock device?
In addition to reducing drunk driving interlock devices can also serve as a reminder to drivers to drink responsibly and can help people with alcohol problems get the treatment they need.