Do I Need an Ignition Interlock Device?

Sometimes, yes! In 2005 Melanies Law went into effect in Massachusetts. The purpose of this new law was to increase the penalities and sanctions for individuals convicted of Operating Under the Influnce. One of the most drastic changes was the requirement that some drivers have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in any vehicle that they lease, own or operate.

Under Melanie's Law individuals reinstating their license from an OUI conviction who have one or more prior OUI conviction are required to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in any car they lease, own or operate. The requirement to maintain the IID is for not less then two years. The IID requirement is in addition to paying any reinstatement fees and testing requirements.

If you are applying for a Hardship License during an OUI license suspension your IID requirement will be extended. In addition to needing the IID for two years following your full reinstatement also known as when you get a license 24/7, you will need an IID during the entire time you are operating on any restricted or Hardship License.

If you have no prior OUI convictions or assignments to substance abuse treatment programs there is currently no IID requirement.