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Ignition Interlock Device Program

What is the Ignition Interlock Program?

The Prince Edward Island Ignition Interlock Program (IIP) is a mandatory requirement for the reinstatement of a driver's license after a drinking and driving conviction.

The mandatory minimum times in the IIP are as follows:

1st offence - 1 year
2nd offence - 2 years
3rd and subsequent offence - 5 years

All drivers that have been convicted of impaired driving and at the time of the offence there was a passenger in the vehicle below the age of 16 years, will have an additional 1 year added to the required mandatory Ignition Interlock time.

Mandatory Ignition Interlock Terms for drivers convicted of a second or subsequent offence after July 7, 2014

2nd offence - BAC reading at the time of the offence 160 or below - 2 years
2nd offence - BAC greater than 160 - 5 years
2nd offence - Refusing the Breathalyzer - 5 years

After completing the mandatory ignition interlock term the driver is issued a Restricted ZERO BAC Driver's License for a period of 3 years.

It is an offence to operate a motor vehicle with any alcohol in your system when holding a Restricted Zero BAC Driver's License

3rd and subsequent offence - 10 years

After completing 5 clean years of the 10 year mandatory Ignition Interlock Term, the driver may apply to the Registrar of Motor Vehicle for a Restricted Zero BAC Driver`s License and a Specially Coded Zero BAC License Plate.

If the application is approved the driver can complete the remaining 5 years of the Ignition Interlock Term with a Restricted Zero BAC Driver's License and a Specially Coded Zero BAC License Plate.

It is an offence to operate a motor vehicle with any alcohol in your system when holding a Restricted Zero BAC Driver's License and to operate a vehicle with the Specially Coded License Plate.

*Note - Violating the Zero BAC Driver's License or operating a vehicle without a Specially Coded License plate carries a fine of $1500 to $2000, 12 demerit points and a 1 year cancellation in addition to any other charges that might be laid.

How does an Ignition Interlock Device work?

Before starting the vehicle, the driver must blow into the device. If the recorded blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the pre-set limit, the vehicle will not start. Once the vehicle is started, the interlock device requires random breath samples at pre-set times. If a breath sample is not provided or if the BAC exceeds the limit the device will issue a warning, record the event, and activate specific alarm systems (i.e., alarm activated, horn honking, etc.) until the ignition is turned off.

How does the Program work?

Reinstated drivers will have interlock devices installed in their vehicles.  The driver will be issued a restricted driver's licence which only allows the individual to operate vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device.

The driver must return to the installation facility to have the device calibrated and serviced at least every 60 days. Failure to service the system by the required date could result in the device locking itself. The vehicle will not start and will have to be towed or arrangements made with the interlock provider to allow additional days to bring the vehicle in for servicing of the device.

All program activity will be recorded and monitored by the Highway Safety Division by way of a built-in data logger. Warnings will be issued to participants who repeatedly fail the breath tests, and the Highway Safety Division may order the removal of the ignition interlock device and reinstate the cancellation period if violations continue.

Early re-instatement of a driver's license.  Who is eligible to participate in the program?

The following criteria determine eligibility:

  • You have been convicted of impaired driving or refusing a breathalyzer demand.
  • You have served the court-ordered minimum mandatory prohibition period.
    • 1st offence - 3 months
    • 2nd offence - 6 months
    • 3rd offence and subsequent offence - 12 months
  • You have served all other cancellations and suspensions.
  • You have completed all other reinstatement requirements and conditions
  • The vehicle in which the interlock device is to be installed has a valid registration, insurance and vehicle inspection.

How Can I Apply for Installation of the Device?

Please complete the application form and return in person, by mail or by fax (see contact information below).

Who pays for the program?

All costs are paid for by the participants in the program on a user-pay basis directly to the service provider. Participants are responsible for the cost of installation, a monthly program fee and a removal fee. Fees are subject to change. If you have any questions about the costs associated with this program please call Guardian Interlock Systems at 1-866-658-6374.

Am I Required to Have an Ignition Interlock Device?

This is a mandatory program for all drivers who have been convicted of impaired driving.

What Are the Penalties for Not Complying With the Ignition Interlock Program?

Persons enrolled in the program who are convicted of driving without an ignition interlock device, or for tampering with the device, will face fines under the Highway Traffic Act ranging from $1500 to $2,000, which includes 12 demerit points and an additional 1 driver license year cancellation.

Further penalties include charges under the Criminal Code of Canada for driving while prohibited and a further suspension of six months added to the existing suspension.

How Is the Interlock Restriction Removed?

Program participants must apply to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to have the restriction removed from their license. If the restriction period has been completed without any serious program violations, then the Registrar will issue the order to have the restriction removed. The restriction will remain until an application for removal is approved. As long as the restriction remains on a driver's license, the driver will only be allowed to drive vehicles that are equipped with an approved ignition interlock device, or be subject to penalties under the Highway Traffic Act.


Application for Ignition Interlock Device
Demande de verrouillage du système de démarrage

General Contact Information

Name : 
Highway Safety Division, Driver Records
Address : 
33 Riverside Drive
Charlotttetown, PO Box 2000, PE
C1A 7N8

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