G.L. c. 90 § 24 ½ requires all repeat OUI offenders in Massachusetts to use an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) during the term of any Cinderella license and for a minimum of 2 years after removal of the H restriction. The Registry makes no exceptions to this legal requirement. If you are interlock required, you must have the IID installed in every motor vehicle which you own, lease, or operate.
IID program participants are responsible for having the device installed, having the device downloaded and maintained on a monthly basis, and paying all the associated costs and fees. IID users are also responsible for using the device in accordance with the Registry’s rules, guidelines, and regulations. The penalty for violations is a 10 year or lifetime license revocation.
Here are the steps that you need to follow to participate in the IID program.
You must see a Registry Hearings Officer to get approval for installation. You cannot have the IID installed without this approval. The Hearing Officer will give you a list of approved Ignition Interlock vendors and service providers. He or she will also give you legal documents which must be completed, signed, and notarized.
You will personally submit the properly completed IID paperwork to a Registry Hearing Officer for review and approval.
Go to the interlock vendor and have the IID installed. You must bring identification to the installation appointment which must be scheduled in advance. The IID service provider will instruct you on how to operate the IID.
After having the device installed you will pay any required reinstatement fees. If your license has been suspended for 2 years or more, you will be required to take and pass a written exam to obtain a learner’s permit. Once you have a learner’s permit, you can schedule a road test. The road test vehicle must have an IID. You can schedule the road test by calling 857-368-8000.
Once you pass your road test, you can legally drive. If your license has an “H” restriction, you can only dive during the hardship hours. Your license will have a “T” restriction, which means that you can only drive IID equipped vehicles.