Ignition interlock devices and state suspensions: what to watch out for
Ignition interlock providers are held to strict quality standards and must remain compliant with each state’s individual regulations. If a provider is found to not be compliant in a given state, they may receive a warning. They could also be suspended from doing business in that state until they are back in compliance and in extreme cases, may be decertified all together. If they are decertified, they will have to cease all business in that given state and current customers will have to re-install with another certified provider.
"Avoid ignition interlock companies that have multiple state suspensions"
There are many variables that could lead to an ignition interlock provider becoming suspended or decertified. One of the main reasons providers are often suspended is due to reporting and device standards. If a state requires interlock providers to install devices with certain technologies such as camera verification or real-time reporting, ignition interlock companies may be suspended or decertified if their equipment fails to meet these requirements.
"Stick with companies that meet state required technology like GPS and cameras"
Another common cause of suspension or decertification is a lack of installation center coverage in a state. Some states require all ignition interlock providers to have service centers, or installation locations in each district, county or within a certain mile radius. If an ignition interlock company fails to have the required service centers, they will be out of compliance with that state’s requirements and may be suspended until they add the correct locations. If they fail to provide the adequate number of locations, they may be decertified.
You may want to do research before you chose an interlock provider. It’s best to install with a provider that consistently meets state regulations.