I had a DUI seven years ago. I have completed everything I was asked to do and am now attempting to have my license reinstated. Having an iid was not a condition set by the court. Additionally, I do not own a car. However, the DMV is saying I must have an interlock device prior to my license being reinstated. I am not sure if this is relevant, but I have not lived in Florida in 5 years.
You have no right to drive in FL (or anywhere); rather, driving is a privilege.
DUI's are bifurcated in FL, meaning that you face 2 different "prosecutions"; One is in court (where your liberty is at stake) and the other is at DMV (where your driving privilege is at stake). A DUI arrest triggers both and a DUI conviction re-triggers some.
The IID is statutorily required. While it can be waived by the court (so that your probation is not violated) such a waiver has NO effect whatsoever on the DMV component of your case, and DMV will not clear your driving privilege unless and until you have complied.
Thus, if you do not do what FL-DMV says, when it says it, how it says it, to the "T" and without explanation or excuse then you will not only not be licensed in FL but FL will enter you into the NDR (National Driver register - see http://www.nhtsa.gov/Data/National+Driver+Regis... -) as well. It is truly that simple.
That said, dealing with DMV can be likened to being in a rip current. Swim with it and your survival chances increase exponentially; fight it and prepare to die / drown.
Unless you have a valid, provable medical condition which precludes your ability to comply (in which case you must apply for a medical waiver and you may be compelled to submit to independent medical verification), FL will not clear you until you have satisfied the IID requirement.
Further, FL-DMV does not care if you own a car ore not or if evem you have access to a car... the zero-tolerance rule is simple: No IID no FL-DL.
You may not like it but these are the facts.
You are free to call DMV (850-617-2000) but I'm certain that you won't hear anything different from them than that which I've explained to you here.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but please don't shoot the messenger. Feel free to try to change the law by either pressuring or voting out your congresspeople or running for public office yourself.
Wishing you luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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