Chapter 10, Section E:|
Interlock and Limited Licenses
Revised August 11, 2009
If in doubt as to whether a driver qualifies for an Ignition Interlock License or a Limited License, field offices should use the “License Type Inquiry” function in MVD 2.0.
Please note that there is no such thing as a Limited Ignition Interlock License. Likewise, a Limited License should never be issued with a P (interlock system) restriction; and an Ignition Interlock License should never be issued with an H (limited license) restriction.2
What is the difference between a “Limited License” and an “Ignition Interlock License”?
As described in PQU#39 (August 23, 2007), Sec. 66-5-35 provides for issuance of a Limited License to allow certain individuals whose drivers’ licenses have been suspended or revoked to engage in gainful employment, to attend school or to attend a court-ordered treatment program. A Limited License is identified on the front of the card as a “RESTRICTED DRIVER LICENSE” with the H (limited license) restriction.
By rule (188.8.131.52 NMAC), the driving privilege is generally limited to days that the applicant works or attends school, and is further limited to a period starting one hour before the applicant is required to be at work or school and ending one hour after work or school ends. Limited licenses are available only for class D, E and M licenses - never for commercial driver’s licenses.
A driver whose CDL has been revoked or suspended may surrender the CDL in order to get a non-commercial limited license. However, to re-establish the CDL after the revocation or suspension has expired, the driver would then have to apply for a new CDL, subject to the same requirements as any first-time CDL applicant.
The Limited License is not available to an individual whose license has been suspended or revoked for:
Ignition Interlock License:
The Ignition Interlock License, authorized by Sec. 66-5-503, is available to an individual whose driving permit or license has been revoked or denied for DWI. With an Ignition Interlock License an individual can drive anytime and anywhere as long as the vehicle is equipped with an ignition interlock device. An Ignition Interlock License is identified on the front of the card as an “INTERLOCK LICENSE” with the P (interlock system) restriction.
An Ignition Interlock License is not available to a person who has been convicted of homicide by vehicle or great bodily injury by vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
So what are the main differences between Limited and Ignition Interlock Licenses?
Requirements for Issuance of a Limited License:
Requirements for Issuance of an Ignition Interlock License:
Ignition Interlock License Renewal Procedure:
The customer is not required to re-submit documentation for renewal of an Ignition Interlock License. Field offices are authorized to renew the Interlock license after verifying the following information.