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Guide to the Alcohol Interlock Subsidy Scheme

After you've been issued with an alcohol interlock sentence, you'll be given a 28-day disqualification. When this disqualification has ended, you'll need to get an interlock installed in your vehicle. The NZ Transport Agency may grant you subsidy assistance for some interlock costs if your financial circumstances qualify you for a subsidy.

Who can get a subsidy?

You may be eligible for a subsidy if:

  • Your alcohol interlock sentence was issued from 1 July 2018 onwards, AND
  • You hold a Community Services Card, OR
  • You are in financial hardship
Contact Smart Start on 0800 002 182 and we'll walk you through the standard costs. We'll also help you find out if you're eligible for a subsidy.

Costs and Subsidy

The interlock programme has three pricing structures, standard, subsidy and Corrections*. The NZ Transport Agency may grant subsidy assistance for some interlock costs if your circumstances qualify you for a subsidy. You may be eligible for a subsidy if:

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  • Your licence was issued after 1 July 2018
  • You hold a Community Services Card
  • You are in financial hardship

Call us on 0800 002 182 and we’ll walk you through the standard costs. We’ll also help you find out if you’re eligible for a subsidy. Read our Subsidy Guide to find out more.

Change of Circumstances?

If your circumstances change after you have had your device installed and you now meet the financial eligibility criteria, you may be eligible to have the rest of your alcohol interlock costs subsidised. Go to www.nzta.govt.nz/AID-subsidy for more information.

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