When your license is suspended for alcohol related offenses or contact, you may be ordered to install an ignition interlock on your vehicle as a condition of your occupational license. Upon receipt of a court order to obtain an ignition interlock device, the Texas Department of Public Safety will cancel a person’s license unless proof of installation of the ignition interlock device is submitted. Then, once the proper payment and paperwork is submitted, the Texas Department of Public Safety will issue a new license with the ignition interlock restriction on the license.
The trouble here is that many court orders for an ignition interlock almost always include a court order suspending the license of the individual. The Texas Department of Public Safety will not issue an ignition interlock drivers license if the license has been suspended. The only scenario that seems to make sense is that if are arrested for Driving While Intoxicated , you may be ordered to obtain an ignition interlock as a condition of your bond. Your license will not necessarily be suspended at that time and the judge’s order that you install the device seems to be the predicate for this particular situation.
We have not come across a situation where the Texas Department of Public Safety has enforced this rule. Here is the link to their website that discusses this type of drivers license restriction. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/driverlicense/ignitioninterlock.htm
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