Hardship License/Ignition Interlock

I have been granted a hardship license in conjunction with the installation of an ignition interlock device. What do I do?

Please click on the attached file: hardship license/ignition interlock instructions for information about a hardship license and ignition interlock devices. A hardship license in conjunction with the installation of an ignition interlock device may be granted by a sentencing court pursuant to RIGL 31-27-2.8(b)(7).

Please be advised that if you have been granted a hardship license in conjunction with the installation of an ignition interlock device by the sentencing court, you must immediately report this information to the Adjudication Office of the Division of Motor Vehicles to have the appropriate restrictions added to your driver's license. Failure to report in a timely manner may result in the motorist having to return to the sentencing court to explain the delay in reporting.

Ignition Interlock Systems

The following companies are currently certified in Rhode Island to lease, sell and install ignition interlock systems. Each provider markets a different device and each has their own fees and policies. Listed below is the contact information for each of these companies.

#1 A LifeSafer of Rhode Island
Phone: 1-800-634-3077
Device Manufacturer: #1 A LifeSafer Inc

Device Model #: FC100
Certification Expiration: 1/31/2025

Device Model #: L250
Certification Expiration: 1/31/2025

1A Smart Start, LLC
Phone: 1-844-357-9273
Device Manufacturer: Smart Start Inc.

Device Model #: SSI 20/20
Certification Expiration: 4/30/2025

Device Model #: SSI 20/30
Certification Expiration: 4/30/2025

Device Model #: SSI 20/35
Certification Expiration: 4/30/2025

Device Model #: SSI FLEX
Certification Expiration: 4/30/2025

Alcohol Detection Systems
Phone: 833-386-1326
Device Manufacturer: Alcohol Detection Systems Technology

Device Model #: Determinator 1 DM-904
Certification Expiration: 6/30/2024

Device Model #: Determinator 2 DM-909
Certification Expiration: 6/30/2024

Guardian Interlock
Phone: 1-800-485-9266
Device Manufacturer: Guardian Interlock

Device Model #: AMS 2500
Certification Expiration: 1/31/2025

Phone: 833-210-8203
Device Manufacturer: Consumer Safety Technology, LLC

Device Model #: 1001A
Certification Expiration: 3/31/2025

Low Cost Interlock
Phone: 1 (844) 494-7782
Device Manufacturer: Low Cost Interlock

Device Model #: LCI-777
Certification Expiration: 4/30/2024

Sens-O-Lock of America
Phone: 401-406-3777
Device Manufacturer: B.E.S.T. Labs Inc

Device Model #: FR9000
Certification Expiration: 11/30/2024

Device Model #: WC9000+
Certification Expiration: 11/30/2024

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Hardship Licenses and Ignition Interlock Devices

A hardship license is a court ordered restriction that allows a motorist to drive a motor vehicle for a pre-determined continuous twelve (12) hour period per day while their driving privileges are suspended due to an alcohol or drug related driving conviction.  The hardship license must be approved by a Judge or Magistrate and is typically granted for reasons which include employment, medical appointments, job training, schooling, or religious purposes.

An Ignition Interlock Device (IID), many times referred to as a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID), is slightly larger than a cell phone and is wired to the vehicle's ignition. These devices can generally be installed quickly. After installation it will require your breath sample before the engine starts. If the ignition interlock detects alcohol on your breath the engine will not start. As you drive the device will periodically require additional breath samples to ensure the absence of alcohol in your system.

No. Only a Rhode Island court can issue a hardship license or ignition interlock restriction upon conviction of an alcohol related offense in accordance with RIGL 31-27-2.8. The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles only ensures that the hardship and interlock restrictions are added to the Rhode Island driver’s license. The Medical Advisory Board, established under 31-10.44, may recommend the installation of an ignition interlock system for motorists who have been referred to the board for being convicted of three or more alcohol related driving offenses (280-RICR-30-05-3).

When your court sanctions have been finalized you must report to the DMV as soon as possible to add your hardship license and/or Ignition Interlock Device restriction to your driver’s license.

No. Per statute, hardship licenses are only available to motorists whose driver’s licenses are suspended for either Refusal to Submit to a Chemical test (R.I.G.L. § 31-27-2.1) , or those convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (R.I.G.L.§ 31-27-2).

Yes. When a motorist receives a hardship license from the court the driving privileges of the motorist are suspended. The issuance of a hardship license allows the motorist to operate a motor vehicle for a defined period while the driving privilege is suspended. It is recommended that the motorist keep the hardship documents issued to them by the court in their vehicle while operating a motor vehicle.

It is advised that the motorist check the DMV in their home state to verify that their state will honor the Rhode Island hardship license.

No. The DMV does not have payment plans.

No.  License suspension information is transmitted from state to state.  If you hold a Rhode Island license and are suspended in another state, the DMV will suspend your license privileges in Rhode Island until your license privileges are reinstated in the other state. A reinstatement fee in both states may be required.

Yes. When a motorist receives a hardship license, their driving privileges have been placed in suspended status by the court. When the hardship restriction has expired, you must return to the DMV to remove the hardship restriction from your license and pay your reinstatement fee to restore your driving privileges. You will also be required to obtain a new license showing that hardship restriction has been removed. The duplicate license fee is in addition to any reinstatement fees.