Welcome to Smart Start® of Georgia's web page. We are a State-Certified provider of Ignition Interlock Services. Our goal is to provide our customers with the most advanced interlock machines and the best service in Georgia. We have over 10 year's experience in the Interlock business and know how confusing and difficult it is to comply with all the requirements necessary to have your license re-instated. We're here to help you get back on the road as soon as possible.
What is an Ignition Interlock?
It is a device that measures Breath Alcohol Content (BrAC) and prevents a car from starting if the operator has been drinking. It consists of a base unit which is placed under the dashboard and a hand-held unit to blow into. They are attached by a cord. The machine records all the breath samples the driver provides and stores the recorded information. The hand-held unit is only about the size of a large cell phone and can be tucked out of sight when not in use.
What does it do?
It requires a breath sample before you start the car and periodically during operation of the car. If you fail the breath test before turning the car on, it will not start. If you fail the breath test while driving your car, the machine records the event. IT WILL NOT EVER CAUSE YOUR CAR TO CUT OFF WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING.
Who Needs an Ignition Interlock?
If you have received 2 or more DUIs in a 5-year period (or 3 in a 10-year period), Georgia law says you will be required to have an ignition interlock installed on your car for at least 6 months. This requirement is a condition to having your full driving privileges restored. This is a Department of Driver Service requirement and does not have to be ordered by the judge as part of your sentence. You must fulfill this requirement even if it doesn't appear on the judge's sentencing order. At the end of your license suspension, the Department of Driver Services will issue you a restricted license that only allows you to drive a car equipped with an interlock. Your full driving privileges will not be restored until you have fulfilled the interlock obligation.
|Why Should You Use Smart Start® Ignition Interlock Systems?|
|We have over 10 years experience in the interlock business to better serve you.|
|We use machines that only detect alcohol, not smoke or other contaminants, which means you will have far fewer problems.|
|We have 12 convenient locations and extended hours to serve you.|
|We have courteous, friendly associates and operators.|
|We can help guide you through the license re-instatement process.|
|We have contracts, instruction and assistance in English and in Spanish.|
|How Does the Smart Start® Program Work? |
|You will need to do the following before you are eligible to have your full driving privileges restored:|
|Complete your 1-year hard license suspension.|
||Enroll in and complete a DUI School Risk Reduction class.|
||Have a clinical evaluation by a state-approved counselor and enroll in a treatment program, the length and nature of which will be determined by the results of your clinical evaluation.|
||Have an ignition interlock installed on your car.|
||Take original paperwork from all of the above to the Department of Driver Services and apply for a restricted ignition interlock license.|
||Bring your car in every month to have your interlock calibrated and keep your service receipt.|
||At the end of your interlock term, take all monthly service receipts to the Department of Driver Services and receive approval to have the interlock removed from your car.|
|$75.00 for Installation|
|$75.00 for Monthly Calibration|
|$75.00 for Removal|
|Here's How To Get Started:|
|We have a convenient Toll-Free Number for you to call to get started. Call 1-800-880-3394. They'll let you know where the nearest service center is, answer your questions, and set up an appointment for you. We have service centers at the following locations:|