Getting arrested for DUI does not mean you will be convicted. Police misconduct, defective breathalyzers and crime lab mistakes may be enough to get your charges lessened or dismissed. Visit our page on Colorado DUI Laws to learn more.
A first-time misdemeanor DUI in Colorado carries a 9-month driver’s license suspension. But immediately, you can resume driving with an IID.
If you then drive for 4 months in full IID compliance, then you can apply for early IID removal. Full IID compliance means:
No tampering, and
No failed breath tests (no BAC of 0.025% or higher)
Note that the 4-month time frame begins the day the IID-restricted license is granted. This may be several days after the IID is actually installed.2
Step 3: Contact the IID company for a compliance letter
Once you use and drive with the IID without incident for 4 months, you can call the IID company. This is the same company that installed the IID.
You need to request that they fax the Colorado DMV a “letter of compliance” right away. In practice, you may need to call the IID company again to remind them to fax the letter. These companies are in zero rush to let the DMV know that their customers are qualified for early removal. The earlier the IIDs get taken out, the less they get paid.
Step 4: Wait to receive the DMV’s removal letter
Once the DMV receives the compliance letter from the IID company, they should mail you a removal letter. In practice, the DMV mails out these letters at the end of the week. You can call the DMV Interlock Department at 303-205-5613 to check on the status of the letter.
The DMV normally sends a removal letter without any trouble. But in case they do not, you should contact an attorney. The attorney can then request a DMV Hearing. This is like a small-scale trial where you can show evidence of your IID compliance.
Step 5: Go to the DMV and get a license
Once you have the DMV’s removal letter in your possession, you can go to the DMV to apply for a full reinstatement of your driving privileges. You should bring the original removal letter with you when you show up to the DMV branch.
Step 6: Have the IID removed
After the DMV reinstates your full driving privileges, you can get the IID removed. But you may not remove the device yourselves. You must go to the company that originally installed it.
Step 7: Cancel the SR22 insurance (if there was no accident)
You may be able to cancel your SR22 insurance. But this is only if your DUI did not result in an accident. Otherwise, it is mandatory that you have SR22 for at least 3 years. You should contact your attorney to check whether you need to keep SR22 insurance in your particular case.3
Michael Becker has over a quarter-century's worth of experience as an attorney and more than 100 trials under his belt. He is a sought-after legal commentator and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Nevada, California, and Florida.