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Albuquerque Ignition Interlock Provider

Active Interlock, LLC is a provider of the ignition interlock device known as The Determinator. The Determinator is an alcohol-specific ignition interlock device. A vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device cannot be driven unless the driver passes breath alcohol tests via an analyzer installed in the vehicle. Ignition interlock devices are increasingly effective in reducing drunk driving accidents and deaths. They have also been shown to dramatically reduce repeat offenders.

You made a mistake, now you are making the right choice with Active Interlock, LLC. Do you speak computer? Beep Beep Beep, neither do we. The Determinator is the only ignition interlock device with VOICE COMMANDS.

What Is An Ignition Interlock Device?

An ignition interlock device is a breath alcohol analyzer connected to the ignition of a car. A vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device cannot be driven unless the driver passes the unit’s breath alcohol tests.

Interlock Overview

What Is The Determinator®?

What Is The Determinator®?

The Determinator® is an alcohol-specific ignition interlock device. A vehicle equipped with The Determinator® cannot be driven unless the driver passes breath alcohol tests via an analyzer installed in the vehicle. Ignition interlock devices are increasingly effective in reducing drunk driving accidents and deaths. They have also been shown to dramatically reduce the number of those convicted of drunk driving who, nevertheless, continue driving.

The durable ignition interlock device hardware consists of a user-friendly and discreet mouthpiece, and a control module, which is wired to the vehicle.

How The Determinator® Works?

How The Determinator® Works?

Albuquerque Ignition Interlock InstallThe device controls the operation of a vehicle as follows:

  • When the key is turned a voice prompts the driver to prepare to give a breath test.
  • The driver has over 60 seconds to provide a deep lung breath sample.
  • The breath sample is analyzed in 8 – 10 seconds.
  • Allows 6-8 seconds resample as needed
  • After test completion, a voice either prompts the driver to start the car or lets him/her know it will not start (a lockout condition).
  • To discourage someone else from providing the original breath sample, “random rolling retests” are given at intervals after starting.
  • If a retest is failed, a voice instructs the driver to pull over and shut off the car. If this instruction is ignored, the horn sounds and the lights blink until the car is shut off.
  • The system’s computer records all test and pertinent driving data. This is downloadable and printable. Any attempt at tampering with the unit registers in this data log as well.
Features and Benefits

Features and Benefits

  • Makes you aware of your breath alcohol level.Albuquerque Ignition Interlock
  • Prevents accidents and saves lives.
  • Adjustable alcohol setting level — From zero to required level.
  • Courtesy car restart function.
  • Simple and safe to follow voice commands and tone prompts that walk you through start-up procedure.
  • Foundations as an alternative anti-theft device.
  • Helpful with probation situations.
  • Easy cleaning and low maintenance.
  • 3 years warranty.
  • May qualify you for reduced insurance premiums.
  • Bi-lingual voice commands coming soon!
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Does your ignition interlock device meet national quality standards?

Yes, our device meets the National Highway Traffic Administration’s requirements and safety standards.

Does the ignition interlock device need to be serviced/calibrated?

Yes. Depending on your restriction, the device will need to be serviced every 30, 60 or 90 days.

How do I get an ignition interlock installed?

An ignition interlock must be installed by a certified installer. Please contact us at 505-884-3585 and one of our representatives will assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of our certified installers.

How long does the installation take?

Depending on the year, make and model of your vehicle, the installation can take anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours.

Can others drive my vehicle after the interlock is installed?

Yes; however, anyone attempting to start the vehicle will need to provide a breath sample in order to start the vehicle. Any violations will be recorded on the convicted driver’s log and will be reported to the monitoring state agency.

Will the ignition interlock device do any damage to the vehicle?

No. All of our installers have been certified to install, service and remove our devices without causing any damage to the vehicle.

What is a rolling retest?

Once the vehicle has been started, random rolling retests are requested. If you are prompted to provide a rolling retest sample, this is done the same way the sample was provided to start the vehicle. Ample time is given so that if you wish, you may pull the vehicle over to the side of the road to provide the rolling retest sample.

Will the ignition interlock device turn off the engine?

No. The ignition interlock device will not turn off the engine once it has been started. The ignition interlock will only prevent you from starting the vehicle if alcohol is detected.

Can anything other than alcohol be detected by the interlock?

No, however, there are substances that contain alcohol. For example, some mouthwashes, toothpastes, cold medicines, etc. may contain alcohol that can be detected by the ignition interlock device. It is recommended that you rinse your mouth prior to providing a sample and avoid using products containing alcohol before providing a sample into the device.

Can I start my vehicle without providing a breath sample?

No, in order to start the vehicle you must pass the breath sampling test.

What is a lockout?

A lockout is a state-mandated function of the device that prevents you from starting your vehicle. Lockouts can occur when the device detects alcohol above the state limit, blowing too many positive alcohol samples, failing to submit a breath sample, or tampering with the system. Lockout requirements are mandated by the reporting agency or state.

New Mexico DWI Resources

What to do after a DWI

What to do after a DWI

Reinstatement of Driver’s License

According to New Mexico statute 66-5-33.1B, any individual whose license was revoked for DWI must meet the following requirements: the license revocation period must be completed; all court-ordered ignition interlock requirements must be satisfied; and the driver must have completed a minimum of 6 months of driving with an interlock device and an ignition interlock license with no attempts to circumvent or tamper with the ignition interlock device.

The department may reinstate the driving privileges of an out-of-state resident without the meeting the above-listed requirements if the license revocation period is completed, the license reinstatement fee is paid and satisfactory proof of out-of-state residence is provided.

Early Reinstatement for 10 year denial

During a period of time prior to June 17, 2005 some drivers were subject to a mandatory 10-year denial of their driving privilege. Since June 17, 2005, a third DWI conviction results in a mandatory revocation of three years.

The New Mexico Legislature amended Section 66-5-29 NMSA 1978, effective June 15, 2007, to allow an individual subject to a 10-year denial to petition the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) to have the current, three-year mandatory revocation period apply instead.

This provision applies exclusively to individuals on a 10-year denial with three and no more than three DWI convictions. The application will be accepted provided that the applicant meets the following requirements: 3 years of the 10-year denial period must be completed; the applicant has maintained an interlock device in their vehicle and an interlock license for 3 years; and the proof can be provided that there have been no violations of the ignition interlock device in the previous six months.

Any individual currently under a 10-year revocation can apply to reinstate early using MVD form 10454. This provision does not exempt a driver from also meeting the reinstatement requirements set forth in New Mexico statute 66-5-33.1.

Drinking and Driving Laws In New Mexico

Drinking and Driving Laws In New Mexico

What Is DWI?

  • In New Mexico, it is illegal to drive with a breath or blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more if you’re 21 or over, or .02 if you’re under 21, or .04 if you drive a commercial vehicle.
  • If your breath or blood test is at or above the legal limit, or if you refuse to take the breath or blood test, you will lose your license, in most cases for a year.
  • You can be convicted of DWI even if the breath or blood test is below the legal limit if it is proven that your ability to drive was impaired to the slightest degree by drugs or alcohol.
  • People who drive after drinking risk heavy fines, higher insurance rates, loss of license, and jail sentences.


Alcohol is involved in about 40% of the traffic crashes in which someone is killed.


Even one drink of alcohol can affect your driving.

An alcohol drink is 1 1/2 oz. of 80-proof liquor (one shot glass) straight or with a mixer, 12 oz. of beer (a regular size can, bottle, or glass) or a 5 oz. glass of wine. Specialty drinks can have more alcohol in them and are the same as having several normal drinks.

Your body gets rid of one alcoholic drink per hour. There is no way to sober up quickly. Coffee, fresh air, exercise or cold showers will not help. Time is the only thing that will sober you up. The best plan is to designate someone who is not drinking to be the driver, or make other plans before you start to drink about how you will get home.


Alcohol quickly affects judgment, vision, concentration, speech and balance. Everyone metabolizes alcohol differently. It is difficult to predict how many drinks will put you at or over the legal limit.

Alcohol slows your reflexes and reaction time, reduces your ability to see clearly and makes you less alert. As the amount of alcohol in your body increases, your judgment worsens and your skills decrease. You will have trouble judging distances, speeds and the movement of other vehicles. You will also have trouble controlling your vehicle.

Alcohol reduces all of the important skills you need to drive safely. Alcohol goes from your stomach into your blood and to all parts of your body. It reaches your brain in 20 to 40 minutes. Alcohol affects those areas of your brain that control judgment and skill. This is one reason why drinking alcohol is so dangerous. It affects your judgment and reduces your ability to know when to stop drinking.


Besides alcohol, there are many other drugs that can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. These drugs can have effects like those of alcohol, or even worse. This is true of many prescription drugs and even many of the drugs you can buy without a prescription.

Drugs taken for headaches, colds, hay fever or other allergies or those to calm nerves can make a person drowsy and affect their driving. Pep pills, uppers and diet pills can make a driver feel more alert for a short time. Later however, they can cause a person to be nervous, dizzy, unable to concentrate, and they can affect your vision. Other prescription drugs can affect your reflexes, judgment, vision and alertness in ways similar to alcohol.

Driving under the influence of any drug that makes you drive unsafely is against the law.

  • If you are driving, check the label before you take a drug for warnings about its effect. If you are not sure it is safe to take the drug and drive, ask your doctor or pharmacist about any side effects.
  • Never drink alcohol while you are taking other drugs. These drugs could multiply the effects of alcohol or have additional effects of their own. These effects not only reduce your ability to be a safe driver but also could cause serious health problems, even death.
  • Illegal drugs are not good for your health and affect your ability to be a safe driver.
  • Studies have shown that people who use marijuana make more mistakes, have more trouble adjusting to glare and get arrested for traffic violations more than other drivers.


If you are found guilty of DWI and it is your first conviction, you will pay stiff fines and court costs, and you could be sentenced to jail. You will also be ordered to treatment and to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. MVD has the authority to revoke your driver license. Subsequent DWI convictions will result in increased fines, more jail time and a longer license revocation. Any DWI conviction will remain on your driving record for 55 years.


If you are arrested for DWI, your license will be confiscated on the spot if your breath test is at or above the legal limit, or if you have refused to take the test. The police officer takes away your license and notifies the Motor Vehicle Division, which then revokes it for up to one year. This action is called an Implied Consent or an administrative revocation and is completely separate from anything that happens when you go to court for DWI. If you are convicted in court, your license will also be revoked in a separate court action.

When your license is confiscated by the police officer you have 20 days before the revocation takes effect. If you want to protest the revocation, you must request an administrative hearing within 10 days of your arrest. The request must be in writing and be accompanied by a $25 hearing fee, or a sworn statement of indigency. The hearing will take place within 90 days.

The issues that will be discussed in your hearing are very limited. These issues are:

  • that the officer had reasonable grounds to stop you;
  • that you were arrested;
  • that the hearing was held within 90 days of your notice of revocation;
  • if you refused the test, that the police officer notified you that you could lose your license; and/or
  • that the chemical test was administered properly, and you tested at or above the legal limit.

The only exception to the one-year revocation of your license is:

  • if you have never had an administration revocation for DWI before, and
  • if you didn’t refuse to take the breath test.

If you are revoked for a DWI, you cannot qualify for any kind of license except an ignition interlock license.

Once your license is revoked, it stays revoked until you reinstate it.

The penalties for driving while revoked are severe. You can be sentenced to jail for up to a year (mandatory jail seven days) and can be fined up to $1,000 (mandatory fine is $300).

Your car can also be “booted” or immobilized for 30 days so you can’t drive it.


Your driver’s license can be revoked for both a violation of the Implied Consent Act and a DWI conviction through a criminal court. The revocation periods are as follows:

Implied Consent* – Over 21 years of age (at or above 0.08%)

1st Offense – 6 months for failing a chemical test
1st Offense – One year for refusing a chemical test
2nd or Subsequent Offense – One year for failing or refusing a chemical test

Implied Consent* – Under 21 years of age (at or above 0.02%)

1st and subsequent – One year for failing or refusing a chemical test

Criminal Conviction of DWI in Court

1st Offense – One Year
2nd Offense – Two Years
3rd Offense – Three Years
4th or Subsequent Offense – Lifetime

Arrest or Criminal Conviction for a DWI

– Those with a commercial driver license arrested or convicted of a DWI, whether or not operating a commercial vehicle:
1st Offense – One year disqualification
2nd Offense – Lifetime disqualification

*Implied Consent – Refusal to submit to a breath/ blood test; failure of breath/ blood test, or blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above .08 (or BAC at or above .02 for persons less than 21 years of age, or at or above .04 for person driving a commercial motor vehicle).


Interlock Guidelines & Requirements

Interlock Guidelines & Requirements

A first-time ignition interlock license is $113.00.

A customer renewing his or her ignition interlock driver’s license must present a copy of the current contract with the ignition interlock provider and evidence of insurance showing that the individual is a covered driver of the vehicle. A notarized Ignition Interlock Affidavit (MVD-10456) is also required.

A receipt from the ignition interlock provider is not sufficient. A copy of the actual ignition interlock provider contract must be provided. That interlock provider contract must:

  • be in effect and current on the date that the ignition interlock license is renewed;
  • and must be complete, including both the vehicle identification number (VIN) and the signature of the interlock provider.

It is not necessary that the current contract extend through the license renewal period, only that it be current when the license is renewed.

  • Evidence of insurance must be in the form of an original insurance company document (not a photocopy) that clearly identifies the driver as an insured driver of the same vehicle that is covered by the ignition interlock contract.
  • A completed and notarized Ignition Interlock Affidavit (MVD-10456) is also required.

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 2920 Stanford Dr NE #A 
Albuquerque, NM 87107
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