Ignition Interlock Vendor Oversite Program

Mission

The mission of the Division of Vehicles - Driver Solutions is to enhance public safety through reducing subsequent drinking and driving behavior by administrating and regulating impaired driving breath alcohol and blood testing programs in the state of Kansas.

Purpose Of The Interlock Device

Driver Solutions regulates the ignition interlock device industry within Kansas. An ignition interlock device is a mechanism that prevents a vehicle from starting when the breath alcohol concentration in a breath alcohol test meets or exceeds the startup set point. The ignition interlock device is used extensively as a part of licensing actions administered by the Kansas Division of Vehicles. Additionally, the ignition interlock device is used by many courts and probation officers who utilize the ignition interlock device as a program condition or condition of probation for individuals charged or convicted of alcohol related offenses. The Kansas Statutes Annotated (K.S.A.) 8-1001 through 8-1025 and Kansas Administrative Regulations (K.A.R.) 92-56-1 through 92-56-9 govern ignition interlock device activity.

The following information is offered to help people make an informed decision when selecting an ignition interlock device to install in their vehicle.

Ignition Interlock Devices

Driver Solutions certifies ignition interlock devices every three years and publishes a list of ignition interlock manufacturers approved in Kansas. A link to each manufacturer website and the toll free phone number to call for installation information is included in this list. The approved ignition interlock providers listed appear in a random order and rotate every month.

Installation and Removal Verification

Upon completion of the installation or removal of a device, the ignition interlock technician who installs or removes the device and the participant shall complete a Kansas Ignition Interlock Installation/Removal Verification Form. This completed form shall be submitted to Driver Solutions by the service provider and a copy will be provided to the participant for their records.

Service Centers

Driver Solutions approves and physically inspects ignition interlock service centers on an annual basis. A license is issued to each service center. Should you question whether a service center is properly licensed, you may ask to see the license or contact Driver Solutions for license verification. The ignition interlock device lease and service agreement may include fees for installation, monthly service, and removal of the device. Other fees may be assessed by the service center for rescheduling, violation resets, permanent lockouts, etc. You are encouraged to contact the manufacturers to inquire about types and costs of fees.

Enforcement and Complaint Procedures

Upon completion of the installation of a device, the ignition interlock technician who installs the device and the participant shall complete a Kansas Ignition Interlock Installation/Removal Verification Form. This completed form shall be submitted to Driver Solutions by the service provider and a copy will be provided to the participant for their records.

To file a complaint, please answer all applicable questions on the Complaint Form and be as specific as possible. Any applicable questions not answered may result in a delay in the resolution of your complaint. Please provide as much detail as possible as our decision for further action will be based on the facts as presented in your complaint.

You may also contact the Driver Solutions at 785-296-3671. Please provide the following information to the representative when calling in your complaint:

  • Customer name
  • Phone number
  • Driver’s License number
  • Service Center name, address and city
  • Interlock Company
  • Complaint

Frequently Asked Questions

An ignition interlock device (IID) or breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) can prevent a driver from starting a vehicle if the driver’s breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) is above a pre-set fail level. Similar to a breathalyzer, the IID analyzes the breath sample provided by the driver to determine the BrAC. If the BrAC is under the pre-set fail level, the IID will allow the ignition of the vehicle to start the engine. If a valid breath sample is not provided, or if the BrAC is at or above the pre-set fail level, the ignition will be disabled thus preventing the engine from being started.
Individuals will install for a variety of reasons. To satisfy a court ordered requirement, ie Probation or to retain their driving privileges as part of an administrative licensing requirement. Other reasons to have an IID are in child custody and family visitation issues when alcohol is a factor, family violence, plea bargain or deferred prosecution program, work related compliance or voluntarily.
In an effort to reduce recidivism (repeat offenses), while allowing a customer to retain their driving privileges, an ignition interlock restriction can be imposed which would require the use of an IID on any vehicle operated by the customer for the duration of the restriction.
  1. Once the key has been put into the vehicle’s ignition, and turned on to provide power to the vehicle, the device will be activated.
  2. The device will prompt the driver to provide a breath sample.
  3. The driver will attempt to provide a valid breath sample, by blowing into the device as previously instructed.
  4. If the resultant breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) analyzed in the breath sample is below the pre-set fail level, which is typically .020 but varies by State, the engine can be started. If the BrAC is at or above the pre-set fail level, the violation will cause the ignition to be disabled and the vehicle will not start. The IID will “Lockout” for a short period of time. Once the “Lockout” period has expired, another breath sample can be provided.
  5. At random times during vehicle operation, the IID will prompt the driver to provide another breath sample (also referred to as a “Retest”). The purpose of the Retest is to deter someone other than driver, or some other form of altered air, from providing the breath sample. If the breath sample for the retest is failed or missed, the IID will log the event, warn the driver and in some cases start up an alarm (e.g. lights flashing, horn honking, etc.) until the ignition is turned off, or a valid breath sample is provided.

Installation: Once the customer has an IID restriction, an appointment is scheduled with a service center for installation of the IID. At the initial installation, the customer will be trained on how to use the device and the applicable program requirements.

Monitoring: The IID will need be monitored regularly so that the IID data can be uploaded, and the device can be calibrated.

Removal: Once the order has been issued removing the IID restriction, the customer can then schedule a removal appointment.

The frequency of monitoring is usually once per month.
Fees can be incurred for installation, monitoring and in some instances removal (Kansas does not charge for removal). The device is leased to the customer for the duration of the program, and all costs for the device are inclusive in the monthly monitoring fee. On average, the installation ranges from $70 to $150, and monitoring ranges from $60 to $80 per month.
Events (initial breath test and subsequent retests) are stored in the IID for future upload. Uploaded reports can then be provided to the appropriate monitoring agency / officer.
All IIDs must conform to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards as set forth in the Model Specifications for BAIIDs in the Federal Register, and any other state specific requirements.
Ultimately, it is the customer’s responsibility to restrict use of their vehicle and subsequent IID during the duration of the court-ordered restriction. Depending on the type of device, other security features may be in place to deter violations by someone other than the customer. In some instances the spouse can operate the vehicle for a one car family.
If a customer has difficulty with providing a sufficient amount of breath for a valid sample, the IID can be lowered to the minimum allowable 1.5L of breath, as set forth by NHTSA.
The IID cannot disable the engine if a retest is missed or failed. The IID can prevent the ignition from allowing the engine to start, but cannot disable the engine.
The IID will allow the ignition to be restarted without providing a breath test for several minutes following the engine’s cease of operation. This will allow the driver a sufficient amount of time to quickly restart the engine.
The person, company, or corporation that produces an ignition interlock device and certifies to the division that the manufacturer’s representative and manufacturer’s service providers are qualified to service and provide information on the manufacturer’s state-approved ignition interlock device.
The division shall approve and certify the manufacture’s device for use in the state, and the approval and certification shall remain in effect for 3 years.