Completing the Alcohol Interlock Program

You need to prove you've separated drinking from driving to get your alcohol interlock condition removed.

From 1 December 2019, the Magistrates’ Court no longer issues Interlock Condition Removal Orders (ICRO). All alcohol interlock condition removal applications are managed by VicRoads. Read more about the changes here.

How to complete the program

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

  • Participate in the program by using the device for the minimum period of time required.
  • Follow the Alcohol Interlock Program rules that apply to you.
  • Complete a Pre-Interlock Removal Behaviour Change Program (if required).
  • Apply to have your alcohol interlock condition removed from your licence.
  • Remove the alcohol interlock from your vehicle after successfully completing the program.

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’ve completed an Intensive Drink and Drug Behaviour Change Program or
  • you’ve been notified by us to complete the 2-hour Pre-Interlock Removal BCP or
  • you’ve had certain offences interstate and an ‘I’ condition was imposed when you converted your interstate licence.

Go to Behaviour Change Program providers to find a provider nearest to you.

When you've used the alcohol interlock as required, you can apply to have your alcohol interlock condition removed from your licence. VicRoads will assess your interlock data and usage to determine whether you’ve successfully separated drinking from driving. 

How to apply

You can apply for removal of the alcohol interlock 'I' condition:

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.

Requesting a 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 affirm, vary or the decision.

To request a review, write to:

Apply to the Magistrates' Court for a direction hearing

If VicRoads doesn't remove your alcohol interlock condition, you may be able to make an application to a Magistrates' Court for a direction hearing.

This application can only happen at the end of your minimum alcohol interlock period and if you have an alcohol interlock with a camera. The hearing can only consider whether any failed breath test was caused by you, and VicRoads will notify you if the outcome affects your alcohol interlock condition.

More information about an Application for Direction hearing can be found on the Magistrates' Court (External link)website.

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