License Suspension and Your SIIRDL
One thing that is important to know about a SIIRDL is that it ends at the same time as your court-ordered driver license suspension. For example, you have been convicted of two misdemeanor DUIs in a seven year period. Therefore, the court orders that your license be revoked for one full year. Provided you meet the requirements, MVD will allow you to use a SIIRDL for a portion of that year. At the end of that year, your court ordered revocation is complete and you are now free to reapply for your driver license. Per the court order, you are required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for least one full year following reinstatement of your license.
Because your license is reinstated, you will no longer have to use a SIIRDL – that is why they end at the same time. You would then have to reinstate your license and continue to have an interlock ignition device on your vehicle as ordered by the court.
So, the only real difference between a SIIRDL and reinstatement of your privileges with an interlock is that you are not restricted as to where you drive. With an SIIRDL, you may only drive between home, work, school, screening/education/treatment facilities for scheduled appointments, healthcare providers, and ignition interlock device service agencies.
Confused yet? Essentially what the court is saying “you are still suspended but if you put a breath test device in your car, we will let you get around a little otherwise, you will serve your driver license suspension to the letter as directed by the court.”
The SIIRDL is a gift bestowed upon you during your suspension by MVD.
The Legal Jargon: Arizona Revised Statutes § 28 – 1401 and 1402.