Welcome to KIIP, Kentucky's new ignition interlock program.
The passing of Senate Bill 85 introduced significant changes to the DUI and ignition interlock laws. This page will summarize the changes and explain the new processes associated with KIIP.

 Important: The effective date of Senate Bill 85 is July 1, 2020.

What is an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?

An Ignition Interlock Device means a device, certified by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) that connects a motor vehicle ignition system or motorcycle ignition system to a breath-alcohol analyzer. This device will prevent a motor vehicle ignition or motocycle ignition from starting and from continuing to operate if a driver's breath alcohol concentration exceeds 0.02, as measured by the device.

About KIIP

  • Under the new program, individuals will no longer apply to the court for interlock privileges, but will apply directly to KYTC using the Ignition Interlock Application, TC 94-175​. Additionally, KYTC is now the monitoring authority for program participants.
  • Before SB 85, the court system denied DUI 1st offenders (with non-aggravating circumstances) access to the program. As of July 1, 2020, the KIIP is available to all drunk driving offenders.
  • Drivers who apply and are approved in the KIIP are eligible for a reduction of their license suspension period.
  • The ignition interlock program is compliance-based, meaning offenders will have to complete a 90-120 day period of driving sober as part of the mandated program in order to be eligible for suspension times.

Application Process

 Note: Those UNDER 18 years of age when convicted of a DUI may utilize the ignition interlock device but will NOT be eligible for the incentive program.
    Step 1
    The Court will report the conviction or suspension to KYTC. Note: This can take a couple of days.
     
    Step 2
    A letter of Withdrawal or Suspension will be sent.

     
    Step 3
    Either E-mail or Fax (844-535-7209) the following information:
    • Ignition Interlock Application (TC94-175)
    • Proof of a valid Kentucky vehicle registration (out of state drivers will need to provide valid registration from their state)
    • Note; If registration is NOT in the driver's name, a notorized letter is required from the owner
    • Proof of Kentucky insurance (out of state drivers will need to provide proof of insurance from their state)
    • Any other documentation required for the forms to be submitted
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    Go to a KYTC Regional Field Office to complete your application with the above forms.
    A $40.00 Reinstatement fee is required, and can be paid either at a Regional Field Office, or online.
    You will be provided a Letter of Approval by either mail or E-mail.
 
    Step 4
    Take your Letter of Approval to a Vendor/Ignition Interlock Provider to set up an appointment for installation.
    A list of Kentucky approved vendors are located at the bottom of this page, or you may call (502) 564-1257 for further assistance.
     
    Step 5
    The Service Center will provide a Certificate of Installation once the device has been successfully installed.
     
    Step 6
    Take your Certificate of Installation to a license issuing location to have a Restricted License issued. Cost of the license will depend on the type of license issued. A list of costs can be found here.
     
    Step 7
    Upon completion of the required compliance time, KYTC will mail a Letter of Removal to schedule removal of the device. The Service Center will provide you with a Certificate of Removal.
     
    Step 8
    Take your Certificate of Removal to a license issuing location to have a Non-Restricted License issued. Cost of the license will depend on the type of license issued. A list of costs can be found here.

After Obtaining an Ignition Interlock License (Restricted License)

  • Once an applicant obtains the ignition interlock license, he or she will be restricted to operating only a motor vehicle or motocycle equipped with a functioning ignition interlock device, unless the person qualifies for an Employer Exemmption (TC 94-190)
  • This restriction shall remain in place for the required suspension period of the DUI offense set forth by KYTC.
  • A participant wanting or needing to have the device removed permanently or temporarily must complete the Ignition Interlock Removal Request (TC 94-189).
  • Violations

    To qualify for the reduction of suspension time, participants must be violation-free for either 90 or 120 consecutive days, based on their offense. Violating one (or more) of the following violations will result in the consecutive counting of days to start over:
    • Failure to take any random breath alcohol test, unless a review of the digital image confirms that the motor vehicle or motorcycle was not occupied by a driver at the time of the missed test
    • Failure to pass any random retest with a breath alcohol level of 0.02 or lower, unless a subsequent test performed within 10 minutes registers a breath alcohol concentration lower than 0.02, and the digital image confirms the same person provided both samples
    • Failure of the person, or his or her disignee, to appear at the ignition interlock device provider when required for maintenance, repair, calibration, monitoring, inspection, or replacement of the device
    • Failure to pay statutorily required fees (KRS 189A.340)
    • Tampering with an installed ignition interlock device with the intent of rendering it defective
    • Altering, conceling, hiding, or attempting to alter, conceal, or hide the person's identity from the ifnition interlock device's camera while providing a breath sample

    DUI

    DUI suspension periods have changed. Before SB 85, the courts selected the suspension time from a date range based on the offense. As of July 1, 2020, KYTC administers a static suspension time based on the type of conviction. To view more information regarding DUI laws, please click here.

    Frequently Asked Questions​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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    Eligibility is based on activity in your five (5) year driver history record. If you would like to review your record prior to submitting an application, three (3) year records are available online at DHR Online. Five (5) year records are available at the One Stop Shop in Frankfort and the Division of Driver Licensing Regional Field Offices throughout the state. You may not be eligible for an Ignition Interlock license if any convictions appear on your driver history record pursuant to KRS 186.56.
    You may be rendered ineligible for an Ignition Interlock license or subject to revocation of an existing Ignition Interlock License pursuant to a violation of KRS 186.570.
    Contact the Division of Driver Licensing, Court Records section at 502-564-1257.​
    Device and service fees are paid directly to the device or service provider in accordance with a contract between the device provider and user of the device. Costs may include, but are not limited to:
    • Initial device installation fee
    • Monthly monitoring and calibration fee
    • Device removal fee
    • $40.00 Reinstatement fee
    • Cost of a new credential will be determined by the type of license being issued
    The following items must be submitted to KYTC, a Division of Driver Licensing Regional Field Office or the One Stop Shop with a completed Ignition Interlock Application:
    • KIIP Application TC 94-175
    • Proof of KY insurance
    • Valid KY vehicle registration
    If you do not own the vehicle you plan to install the Ignition Interlock device into, a written notarized statement from the vehicle’s owner will be required at the time of installation of the device.
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    The Certified Ignition Interlock Device Providers will direct you to a location and technician to have your device installed.​
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    You are only required to install a device on your primary vehicle; however you may choose to install devices on additional vehicles. The holder of an Ignition Interlock License is only authorized to drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock device installed.​
    Yes. Anyone can operate a motor vehicle with an Ignition Interlock device installed so long as he or she complies with the device requirements.​
    Must comply with federally mandated hard suspension periods for operating with a CDL under the influence of alcohol.​
    You should never operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. In case of an emergency, call 911.​
    You will be considered in violation of the Interlock Program, and subject to removal from the program, for any program violations which include, but are not limited to:
    • Failure to report for device monitoring every 30 days, or as scheduled;
    • If convicting court receives notice from any law enforcement officer or Interlock service provider that indicates you operated a vehicle not equipped with an ignition Interlock device;
    • Failure to abide by the service agreement with the Interlock service provider;
    • If the participant or anyone else, aside from the Interlock service provider, is found tampering with, bypassing, or removing the Interlock device;
    • Attempting to start, or operate, the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol;
    • Failure to submit to and pass any retests prompted by the Interlock device after the vehicle has been started;
    • Failure to use an ignition Interlock equipped vehicle;
    • Accumulation of Interlock Demerit system points in accordance with DMV policy; or
    • if you fail to enroll in, have no progress in, or withdraw yourself from the DUI Safety and Treatment Program.
    Complete the KIIP Affordability Application TC 94-188 (include Federal Tax returns and/or paychecks, W-2 or 1099). Submit to KYTC for review.​
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    You will need to contact the Division of Driver Licensing at (502) 564-1257.
    No, documents must be e-mailed to KIIP@ky.gov or mailed to:
    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
    Division of Driver Licensing
    200 Mero Street
    Frankfort, KY 40622​
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    The Certified Ignition Interlock Device Providers will direct you to a location and technician to have your device installed.​

    Certified Ignition Interlock Providers