Vermont’s Interlock Program

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VERMONT'S INTERLOCK PROGRAM HAS UNDERGONE DRAMATIC CHANGES FOR DUI CONVICTIONS AFTER JULY 1, 2016

  • For a 1st Offense DUI, upon conviction the driver will not have to wait 30 days to become eligible for the Restricted Driver's License (RDL) and the Interlock Device. Also, if you are convicted of a 1st Offense DUI, you will only need to drive with the Interlock in your car for 90 days, and you are immediately eligible once you are convicted (previously, you had to wait 30 days and were required to have the Interlock Device in your car for 6 months). The takeaway is that with a 1st Offense, you can drive with an Interlock right away (at least after it is installed and you obtain a Restricted Driver's License), and then you are only required to have the Interlock for 90 days before you are eligible for a regular driver's license.
  • With a 2nd Offense DUI, there is also no waiting period upon conviction before you are eligible for the RDL and Interlock. However, the Interlock is now mandatory for DUI 2nd Offenses or more serious offenses. With a 2nd Offense, as before, you will need to drive with the Interlock for 18 months before you are eligible to get a regular driver's license. In the case of a DUI 2nd Offense Refusal, there is still a 90 day waiting period before eligibility for the RDL and Interlock. However, you will only need to drive under an RDL with an Interlock for 18 months before you are eligible for a regular license (previously there was a 2 year requirement).
  • For DUI 3rd Offenses or if the driver is under age 21, the eligibility requirements have changed as well, see "Effect of Ignition Interlock Sections in V 4.1 of H.876 Senate Transportation Strike-all" chart below, for suspension eligibility and reinstatement requirements. Lastly, it is no longer necessary for someone convicted for DUI to be enrolled in Project CRASH before being eligible for an RDL and Interlock.
SUSPENSION PERIOD HARD SUSPENSION PRIOR TO ELIGIBILITY FOR INTEROCK (IID) PERIOD PRIOR TO ELIGIBILITY FOR REINSTATEMENT ONCE IID OBTAINED IID MANDATORY OR PERMISSIVE?
DUI 1 - CRIMINAL SUSPENSION
DUI - 1 90 days none 90 days Permissive
DUI - 1 (refusal) 90 days 30 days 90 days Permissive
DUI - 1 (death or SBI) 1 year 1 year 1 year Permissive
DUI 1 - CIVIL SUSPENSION
1st violation 90 days none 90 days Permissive
1st violation (refusal) 6 months 30 days 6 months Permissive
DUI 2 - CIVIL OR CRIMINAL
DUI - 2 18 months none 18 months Mandatory
DUI - 2 (refusal) 18 months 90 days 18 months Mandatory
DUI - 2 (death or SBI) 18 months 1 year 1 year Mandatory
DUI 3d or SUBSEQUENT - CIVIL OR CRIMINAL
DUI - 3d or subsequent Life none 3 years
Note: Reinstatement requires total abstinence for 3 years
Mandatory
DUI - 3d or subsequent (refusal) Life 1 year 3 years
Note: Reinstatement requires total abstinence for 3 years
Mandatory
DUI - 3d or subsequent (death or SBI) Life 1 year 3 years Mandatory
CIVIL SUSPENSION - UNDER 21 (0.02)
1st violation 6 months none 6 months Permissive
1st violation (refusal) 6 months 30 days 6 months Permissive
1st violation (death or SBI) 6 months 1 year 6 months Permissive
2d or subsequent One year or until 21, whichever is longer none One year or until 21, whichever is longer Permissive
2d or subsequent (refusal) One year or until 21, whichever is longer 90 days One year or until 21, whichever is longer Permissive
2d or subsequent (death or SBI) One year or until 21, whichever is longer 1 year One year or until 21, whichever is longer Permissive