Ignition Interlock Device Laws

  • South Carolina ignition interlock device laws require that all drivers with more than one DUI conviction install an interlock device in any vehicle that they own or operate.
  • First-time offenders with a BAC of .15% or greater are also required to install an ignition interlock device.
  • The period of time that the device must remain installed depends on the driver’s conviction history.
  • Drivers may also opt to install an interlock device in order to regain driving privileges during an administrative suspension.

License Suspension

Administrative Suspension

DUI laws in South Carolina state that a driver stopped for suspicion of DUI is subject to an immediate administrative license suspension if he or she registers a BAC of .08% or higher on a field breathalyzer test, or if he or she refuses to take a test.

Unless it is successfully challenged within 10 days of arrest, the suspension remains in effect for six months

Judicial Suspension

After conviction for DUI, offenders are subject to additional court-ordered suspensions ranging from six months for first-time offenders to two years for three-time offenders.

All offenders are also subject to jail terms and fines, and all penalties are more severe if the driver’s BAC was .10% or higher at the time of arrest.

DUI Penalties and Fees in South Carolina

1st Offense Fine: Up to $1,000
Jail Time: 48 hours to 90 days
Period of License Suspension: 6 months
2nd Offense Fine: Up to $6,500
Jail Time: 72 hours to 3 years
Period of License Suspension: 1 year
3rd Offense Fine: Up to $10,000
Jail Time: 60 days to 3 years
Period of License Suspension: 2 years
4th Offense Fine: Up to $25,000
Jail Time: 1 to 7 years
Period of License Suspension: Lifetime

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Source(s): S.C. Code Ann. §§ 56-5-2930, 56-5-2941
DUI Process.com: DUI Record Help Since 2003. South Carolina DUI Laws & Penalties. http://www.duiprocess.com/state/SC/duilaws.php
South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services. Ignition Interlock. Retrieved April 17, 2017 from http://www.dppps.sc.gov/ignition_interlock.html

Last Updated: November 13, 2019

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