Most drivers in California do not have experience with the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). This may lead you to wonder what to expect at your IID installation appointment. While IID installation resembles standard car maintenance in many ways, it does have some unique elements.
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Steps to Take Before Your IID Installation
Understanding what to expect at your IID installation appointment is important. It’s also important that you go into your appointment prepared. First and foremost, make sure that:
- You select a court-approved IID installation company
- You have someone else to drive you to your appointment
- You bring along any other drivers who will use your vehicle regularly
Note that only installation companies approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can install your IID. You cannot install an IID on your own. If you don’t get the IID installed properly, the DMV will not reinstate your driving privileges.
Additionally, IID installation techs offer training on IID usage, so it’s important that anyone who will operate your vehicle attend the installation appointment.
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Expected Time-Frame for IID Installation in California
It can take between one-to-two hours to install an IID on your vehicle. You should prepare to remain at the installation site until your appointment is completed. Note that someone else must drive you to the appointment, as you are not legally allowed to operate a vehicle until your IID installation is completed.
Keep in mind that you are legally required to install IIDs in all vehicles that:
- You regularly operate
- Are registered in your name
If you have multiple vehicles, your appointment may take longer to complete. You can spread out the installation on different vehicles, but you will only be able to resume driving once the IID installation is complete for all vehicles.
IID Training at Installation Appointments
You will spend some time waiting during your IID installation appointment. IID installation techs will also provide you with training on the use of your device. You should expect techs to show you:
- How to turn on your IID
- How to blow into the handheld portion of the IID
- How to comply with California’s required blow pattern
In addition to instruction on using your IID, techs will offer information about the device. Most IID training will cover:
- The meanings of sounds made by the IID
- The purpose of start-up tests and rolling tests
- Tips to troubleshoot your IID
You can ask IID technicians any questions that you have about your IID. You may also receive information about acts that would be considered misusing or tampering with an IID. You should avoid these acts, as tampering with an IID can lead to the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. If your license is in danger, contact a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles now by calling (310) 896-2723.
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Paperwork at IID Installation Appointments
After your IID installation is completed, techs in California will provide you with a Verification of Installation Ignition Interlock (DL 920) form. You will need to take this form to the DMV in order to regain your driving privileges after a DUI conviction.
During your appointment, you will also need to set up a payment plan. Generally, IIDs are leased from the installation company. The cost for an IID in California averages out to $2.50 a day in most cases. However, costs may vary based on deals offered by the installation company and the type of IID you chose for your vehicle.
Finally, you will need to set up appointments for future IID service and maintenance. IIDs must be regularly calibrated and maintained. You can even lose your driving privileges if you:
- Fail to service your IID once during 60 days
- Fail to maintain or calibrate your device three times during 60 days
Make sure you set up service appointments carefully and that you stick to the appointment schedule you decide upon.
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Knowing what to expect at your IID installation appointment can make you feel more confident. The team at the Simmrin Law Group understands IID installation and usage in California. Our DUI lawyers in Los Angeles also know what it takes to handle DUI charges before a conviction. You can reach us for legal help today by calling (310) 896-2723 or completing our online contact form.
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