Georgia’s Ignition Interlock Device Laws

Georgia-FlagIn the State of Georgia, an ignition interlock device (IID) must be installed in the vehicles of driving under the influence (DUI) repeat offenders. The IID must be obtained from authorized service providers at the expense of the offender. Rolling re-tests are standard for IIDs in Georgia, requiring drivers to submit breath samples while the vehicle is in operation. Failure of the re-test triggers the vehicle’s horn and lights and the alarm can only be stopped by passing the breath test or turning off the vehicle. An installed IID requires regular maintenance that must be completed by an authorized service provider at the offender’s expense.

A person convicted of DUI for the second time faces fines, jail time, community service, license suspension for three (3) years, and must use an IID for six (6) months. A third DUI conviction within five (5) years of previous convictions results in a mandatory fifteen (15) days in jail, fines, community service, a 5-year revocation of driving privileges, and offenders must pay to publish their name, address, and photograph in the local newspaper. The offender’s license plates will also be taken and an IID must be used for six (6) months.

To obtain a new license, the offender must:

  • Serve entire suspension period
  • Prove completion of the Georgia DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program
  • Pay $210 fee