Since January 1, 2009, there is a new type of a license called an Ignition Interlock License (ILL). If you are arrested for a DUI in Washington State you may lose your license upon a conviction for DUI. Even if your criminal case is dismissed, the Department of Licensing (DOL) will enact suspension on your license. The license suspension periods may range from 90 days to two years or more. You need to keep in mind that if you apply for an ignition interlock license, you are giving up your right to appeal the upcoming license suspension being imposed by DOL.
You may apply for an Ignition Interlock License even before your suspension goes into effect. There are no time or place restrictions on driving. Although, there is no official wait period to submit your application, it may take DOL two to three weeks or more to process your application. Depending on the timeline when your application is submitted it is possible that you could have no interruption to legally drive.
Process in Appying for Ignition Interlock License
To submit an application for the Ignition Interlock License, you have to pay DOL its $100.00 application fee, proof you have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle, and proof of high risk insurance, known as SR22. If you are an employee and drive for work purposes an employer owned vehicle, there is an exception to the interlock requirement. DOL will issue you the Ignition Interlock License on an 8 A 1/2 x 11 paper that will not look like a regular license.
Deciding on applying for the Ignition Interlock License is an important decision you will need to make. In addition, there will be many questions you will have about the Ignition Interlock License. Questions ranging with how the Ignition Interlock License may impact you, such as using it for identification purposes, travelling, going out of the county and other questions should be discussed thoroughly with your attorney.
Additional resources provided by the author
You can apply for a waiver of the $100.00 fee to DOL by going to DOL's website.