Completing the Alcohol Interlock Program

Prove you've separated drinking from driving to get your alcohol interlock condition removed.

When you get your licence* back after a drink-driving offence, it will have an 'I' condition. This means that you need to install and use an alcohol interlock.

The minimum length of time that you will need an interlock for will depend on the type of offence you committed and whether or not it was your first offence.

As soon as you install an approved alcohol interlock in your vehicle, you’re participating in the Victorian Alcohol Interlock Program (VAIP).

*Licence means any Victorian learner permits and/or driver/motorcycle licence

What you need to do to complete the program

To complete the Alcohol Interlock Program and have the alcohol interlock condition removed from your licence, you'll need to:

  1. Participate in the program by using the alcohol interlock for at least the period of time required.
  2. Follow the Alcohol Interlock Program rules that apply to you.
  3. Apply to have your alcohol interlock condition removed from your licence.
    • Please note that the steps for getting your ‘I’ condition removed vary depending on whether your alcohol interlock removal is managed by VicRoads or the court. See VicRoads managed drivers and Court managed drivers sections below for more information.

Pre-interlock Removal Behaviour Change Program (BCP)

Depending on your offence, you may be required to complete a Pre-Interlock Removal Behaviour Change Program (BCP) before you can have your interlock removed. 

This applies to you if you have received a letter from us to complete an Intensive Drink and Drug Behaviour Change Program before getting your licence back. You may also need to complete this program if we gave you an ‘I’ condition when you converted an interstate licence.

See Behaviour Change Program providers to find a provider.

There are a number of rules that are used to decide whether your alcohol interlock condition can be removed. We apply these rules in the same way to all drivers.

Courts use the same rules, but may also take other matters into account.

If you were caught drink-driving after the laws changed on 1 October 2014, and have to install an alcohol interlock, the following requirements must be met:

1. You need to use the alcohol interlock for at least the minimum number of months required, based on the offence/s you committed. You will be notified by us or a Victorian Magistrates’ Court about this period.

  • Your first month is a ‘learning month’ to let you get used to the alcohol interlock. You won’t be penalised in this month. (Please note that the ‘learning month’ doesn’t apply to you if you’ve moved to Victoria with an existing ‘I’ condition from interstate. This is because you should already have practice using an interlock.)

2. To have your alcohol interlock condition removed, you must show that you have:

  • taken all breath tests that the alcohol interlock requests
  • no confirmed violations (see examples of violations below in the Failed BAC readings and other violations section)
  • driven at least twice each month – your drive month is based on the monthly anniversary of when you had your interlock installed. 

3. If you don’t drive at all for at least six months in a row or if a violation is recorded, you will need to collect a further five months of interlock data. This will delay when you’re able to apply to have your alcohol interlock condition removed from your licence. 

4. Your alcohol interlock has a camera (if it was installed after 30 January 2015), and it’ll take pictures when you blow into the device or at other times during each trip. 

  • You must face directly into the camera when taking breath tests so it can take a clear full-face image of you as the driver.
  • It will be assumed that you are the driver of the vehicle unless the image clearly shows someone else.

Failed BAC readings and other violations

The following are examples of violations that will delay removal of your alcohol interlock condition - unless you can show that you didn’t cause them: 

  • If you fail an initial breath test to start the vehicle. This means that your BAC reading was .02 or more and you didn’t retest successfully within 60 minutes.
  • If you fail a breath test or refuse to take a breath test while driving and you didn’t retest successfully within 10 minutes. 
  • If a breath test is requested but you switch off the ignition of your vehicle instead of taking a breath test. This is a refused breath test.
  • Leaving the car running unattended. If the alcohol interlock requests a test, you may not be aware of it and it will be a refused retest.
  • If your battery is disconnected for 20 minutes or more. 
  • Tampering with the alcohol interlock.

Applying to remove the alcohol interlock condition

When you’ve used the alcohol interlock as required, you can apply to have your alcohol interlock condition removed from your licence. You can apply by:
Please note that you can't apply for removal of your ‘I’ condition at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre. We have a specialist team that manages the Alcohol Interlock Program.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful we’ll send you a letter and a new licence without the ‘I’ condition. This can take up to 10 business days, depending on how long it takes us to review your interlock usage.

If your application isn't successful

If your application for interlock removal isn't successful, we'll let you know as soon as we've completed the review.

If you don't agree with our decision, you can:

  • Call us on 1300 723 790 to discuss your situation. We can give you advice to help you prepare for your next application and help you understand further options that are available to you. 
  • Request an internal review. You have 28 days to write to us and ask that the decision be reviewed. We'll conduct an independent review and either confirm or change the decision.

To request a review, write to:

VicRoads Manager R&L Practice and Standards (Operations)

60 Denmark Street

KEW VIC 3101

  • Apply to the Magistrates' Court for an Application for Direction. If you believe that you weren't the driver responsible for a violation, you can apply to the Magistrates' Court. This is an Application for Direction hearing. In this situation, the court can't direct the removal of your interlock condition. It can direct us to not hold you responsible for the violation which may result in your Alcohol Interlock condition being removed. Refer to the Magistrates' Court website for further information about how to apply for a direction hearing.

Removing the alcohol interlock

Once your removal application is successful, visit your interlock supplier to have your alcohol interlock removed. The service agent will ask to see your updated licence and the alcohol interlock removal authority letter. You can't legally drive a vehicle without an alcohol interlock if you still have an 'I' condition on your licence. So the 'I' condition must be removed from your licence record before you uninstall the alcohol interlock. You'll still have a zero BAC licence condition.

You'll need to pay the cost of the removal of the alcohol interlock. You can find out the removal cost from your supplier.

Applying to remove the alcohol interlock condition

You’ll need to apply directly to the Magistrates' Court for an Interlock Condition Removal Order (ICRO) before your alcohol interlock condition can be removed.  

You’ll need to follow these steps to have the ‘I’ condition removed from your licence: 

  1. Plan ahead and find out what documents and reports you need for your ICRO hearing. If you’re not sure what you need to do, visit the Magistrates’ Court website under Alcohol Interlocks, or contact your nearest Magistrates' Court
  2. Book your ICRO hearing.
    • Visit a Magistrates’ Court to apply for a hearing date. 
    • The court will set your hearing date at least 28 days after you lodge your application and this date must be after your court ordered alcohol interlock period ends.
    • If your offence was committed on or after 1 October 2014, the court recommends that your hearing date be two weeks after your alcohol interlock period ends. This allows time for the required assessments and reports to be provided to the court.
    • You may be asked to have an interview with Victoria Police before your court hearing. 
  3. Have your alcohol interlock serviced and usage data downloaded.
  4. You’ll need to get the following before your court hearing: 
    • an assessment report from an accredited assessment agency assessor. (Call DirectLine on 1800 888 236 for a list of agencies)
    • a Compliance Assessment Report (CAR). Ask your supplier to send this report to your assessor. 
  5. If your offence was committed on or after 1 October 2014, you’ll also need to get an Interlock Removal Criteria Report (IRCR). You have to request this report to be sent by us to your chosen assessor. 
    • The IRCR comes from the Alcohol Interlock Management System (External link) (AIMS). 
    • You can request this report if you’re registered to use AIMS, or call the VicRoads Support Centre for the Victorian Alcohol Interlock Program on 1300 723 790 and get the IRCR sent to your assessor. 
    • The IRCR can’t be sent to your assessor until AFTER you’ve completed your alcohol interlock period.
    • If you need an IRCR, be sure to book a meeting with your assessor at least three business days after you have requested that the IRCR is sent to them. 
  6. Attend your court hearing. The court will then decide whether to issue you with an Alcohol Interlock Removal Order, or if you need to come back at a future date to show that you’ve separated drinking from driving. 

Removing the alcohol interlock condition from your driver licence 

Once you have been issued with your Interlock Condition Removal Order from the court, you need to visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre with:
You’ll be issued with a temporary licence. You’ll need to carry this when driving, until your new driver licence arrives in the mail.

Removing the alcohol interlock 

Once you’ve been issued with a licence without the ‘I’ condition, visit your service agent and have your alcohol interlock removed. Your alcohol interlock service agent may ask to see your licence receipt and the Interlock Condition Removal Order.

You can’t legally drive a vehicle without an alcohol interlock if you still have an ‘I’ condition on your licence. So the ‘I’ condition must be removed from your licence record before you uninstall the alcohol interlock. You may still have a Zero BAC licence condition. 

You’ll need to pay the cost of the removal of the alcohol interlock. You can find out the removal cost from your supplier. Refer to How much does it cost? as a guide for supplier charges.

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