Some drivers are ordered to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicles after a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI), even if they are first time DUI offenders. In this situation, you’ll likely have to pay to get the device installed. You also have to pay monthly fees while you use the device.
There are a number of IID installation companies throughout our state. These companies can charge as much as $150 to install an IID. However, some companies charge much less for installation and upkeep.
Initial Costs to Install an IID in Los Angeles
There are multiple costs associated with ignition interlock device installation after a DUI conviction in California. You must work with an installation company approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). These companies charge different amounts.
For example, some companies – like LifeSaver – will charge up to $150 to install an IID on your vehicle. Note that this is the cost to install an IID on a single vehicle. After a DUI conviction, you must install ignition interlock devices on all vehicles registered in your name and all vehicles you regularly drive in order to maintain your driving privileges.
Other companies offer free installation for drivers in the state of California. These specials are not always in effect. You should contact different companies if you are ordered to install an IID in order to find the company currently offering the best prices for installation.
Monthly Costs to Use an IID in Los Angeles
You don’t just pay when you get an IID installed in California. Instead, you will have to pay a monthly fee to use an IID. Technically, most drivers end up leasing an IID, instead of buying one outright. The costs to lease these devices can vary based on:
- The company you choose to use for the installation
- The period of time you have to use an IID
- The features you pick for your IID
Some IIDs include GPS and other features like real-time reporting. A few IIDs even come with cameras. These IIDs often cost more than the base model to lease. You can end up paying around $100 a month to lease an IID for all of the months you’re required to have the device, though this cost can vary.
Calibration and Maintenance for IIDs
Drivers in Los Angeles also have to pay for maintenance and calibration for their IIDs. You have to perform regular maintenance on these devices, often on a monthly basis. Failure to keep your IID properly maintained can have legal consequences.
You also need to get these devices calibrated if they record “failures.” IIDs are used to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level each time you start your vehicle. You’ll also have to perform “rolling” tests while using an IID.
Drivers who “fail” IID tests, or blow a BAC level above the legal limit, may have to take their vehicle in for IID service. You’ll have to pay a fee to get your device recalibrated in many cases. Note that you can face fines and fees if you try to tamper with an IID to prevent it from working properly.
The fees for maintenance and recalibration vary from company to company. Make sure you discuss these costs before installing an IID. You can also find out more about these costs by reaching out to a DUI lawyer in Los Angeles. Learn more by calling (310) 896-2724.
Assistance Paying for IIDs
You don’t always have to pay full price for an IID in California. Some companies will offer you financial assistance, based upon your household income on a yearly basis. In some cases, you may only end up paying half-price for your IID.
Note that it is up to the court to determine whether or not you qualify to receive financial assistance. The court system will then provide documentation regarding financial assistance to the IID company you choose to install the device.
Finally, you can get help avoiding the installation of an IID if you reach out to a Los Angeles DUI lawyer. A lawyer can focus on helping you resolve a DUI charge so you are not convicted.