California Ignition Interlock Device Policies | Breathe Easy Insurance


Yes, it’s very possible you will need to install an ignition interlock device after a DUI. Currently, California requires some offenders to install an ignition interlock device (IID) following a DUI offense. In some cases, the IID is required to regain driving privileges during the license suspension period. Offenders must also acquire SR-22 insurance, be enrolled in an authorized DUI program, and complete a variety of other criteria to get a restricted driver’s license during the suspension period.

California currently has a pilot program (known as “SB1046”) in effect that requires offenders who have repeat DUI offenses, or who caused injury during their DUI incident, to install an IID for a period of one to four years. Some first-time DUI offenders may be ordered by the court to install an IID for six months. If the court does not order the IID, offenders can apply for an IID restricted license for six months, or for a restricted license that allows them to drive to and from work and their DUI program for one year.

The program applies to offenders who commit a DUI involving alcohol/alcohol and drugs between the dates of January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2025. Breathe Easy is here to help offenders find the best SR-22 insurance to suit their needs, and help with IID installation as well.

Why Do I Need SR-22 Insurance?

SR-22 – a filing by your insurance carrier confirming to the state that you meet minimum insurance requirements – is often mandated following a serious driving offense like DUI or if you were in a car accident while uninsured. This type of driving incident will place you in a high-risk category according to most insurance providers. Your rates with your regular provider may increase, or your carrier may decline coverage in some instances. Which is why it is important to work with an insurance provider that is experienced in filing SR-22 insurance. The SR-22 can be filed based on vehicle coverage or non-vehicle owner’s policies.

In California, SR-22 insurance is required for drivers following a DUI if they wish to regain driving privileges. Breathe Easy can help you find the right plan for you.

  • Choose from a variety of options: Breathe Easy works with many different insurance providers and can search for the best plan for your needs and budget. We can help you find an affordable plan that fulfills state criteria.
  • Get coverage fast: Once you select a plan, your Breathe Easy representative can help you set up coverage within 15 minutes.
  • Receive proof of insurance instantly: Once you have made your first payment and set up your coverage, Breathe Easy will provide the certificate of coverage needed to regain your license.

Breathe Easy Can Help Find an Ignition Interlock Device Provider For You

Breathe Easy works closely with IID providers and we’re familiar with all state criteria for interlock devices. If you are working to regain your driving privileges, representatives can help you find an IID provider near you. We can help answer any questions about IID criteria and assist in connecting you with a provider too.

Contact us at 833.786.0237 or fill out this form to get a free quote.