Breath Alcohol Unit

  • Mission
  • Purpose of the Interlock Device
  • Ignition Interlock Devices
  • Installation and removal verification
  • Technicians
  • Enforcement and complaint procedures

Mission

The mission of the Division of Vehicles and Kansas Highway Patrol is to enhance public safety through reducing subsequent drinking and driving behavior by administrating and regulating impaired driving breath alcohol and blood testing programs in the state of Kansas. 

Purpose of the Interlock Device

Driver Solutions regulates the ignition interlock device industry within Kansas. An ignition interlock device is a mechanism that prevents a vehicle from starting when the breath alcohol concentration in a breath alcohol test meets or exceeds the startup set point. The ignition interlock device is used extensively as a part of licensing actions administered by the Kansas Division of Vehicles. Additionally, the ignition interlock device is used by many courts and probation officers who utilize the ignition interlock device as a program condition or condition of probation for individuals charged or convicted of alcohol related offenses. The Kansas Statutes Annotated (K.S.A.) 8-1001 through 8-1025 and Kansas Administrative Regulations (K.A.R.) 92-56-1 through 92-56-9 govern ignition interlock device activity.

The following information is offered to help people make an informed decision when selecting an ignition interlock device to install in their vehicle.

Ignition Interlock Devices

Driver Solutions certifies ignition interlock devices every three years and publishes a list of ignition interlock manufacturers approved in Kansas. The list includes manufacturer contact information, including a toll free phone number to call for installation information. The approved ignition interlock providers listed appear in a random order and rotate every month.

Installation and removal verification

Driver Solutions approves and physically inspects ignition interlock service centers on an annual basis. A license is issued to each service center. Complete the IIDA-1 Service Center Application. Should you question whether a service center is properly licensed, you may ask to see the license or contact Driver Solutions for license verification. The ignition interlock device lease and service agreement may include fees for installation, monthly service, and removal of the device. Other fees may be assessed by the service center for rescheduling, violation resets, permanent lockouts, etc. You are encouraged to contact the manufacturers to inquire about types and costs of fees.

Technicians

Driver Solutions certifies ignition interlock technicians on an annual basis. A license is issued to each technician. No person may perform any service related to any device without being duly licensed by Driver Solutions. Kansas state law specifically prohibits any person from making an overt or conscious attempt to physically disable, disconnect or circumvent an ignition interlock device, unless certified pursuant to Kansas rules and regulations or statutes. Should you question whether a technician is properly licensed, you may ask to see the license or contact Driver Solutions for license verification. You may also contact Driver Solutions regarding the professionalism of the technician and service provider.

Once approved by IIVOP, the technician will receive a course number to take an online knowledge and skills examination through the TRAIN program. The test must be complete with a score and 80% or higher. Regulations are located at: https://www.kcc.ks.gov/images/PDFs/statutes-regulations/2016_KAR_Supplement_Book_2.pdf

The applicant shall:
  • The applicant shall: Complete the IIDA-2 Ignition Interlock Technician Application  
  • Once approved by IIVOP, the technician will receive a course number to take an online knowledge and skills examination through the TRAIN program. The test must be complete with a score and 80% or higher.
  • Applicant will proceed to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for a criminal background check.
  • Each approved applicant will receive a certificate with a license number.
  • Each applicant for licensure shall be for a single ignition interlock technician.

Enforcement and complaint procedures

Upon completion of the installation of a device, the ignition interlock technician who installs the device and the participant shall complete a Kansas Ignition Interlock Installation/Removal Verification Form. This completed form shall be submitted to Driver Solutions by the service provider and a copy will be provided to the participant for their records.

To file a complaint, please answer all applicable questions on the Complaint Form and be as specific as possible. Any applicable questions not answered may result in a delay in the resolution of your complaint. Please provide as much detail as possible as our decision for further action will be based on the facts as presented in your complaint.

You may also contact the Driver Solutions at 785-296-3671. Please provide the following information to the representative when calling in your complaint: