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Guide to the Alcohol Interlock Subsidy

The alcohol interlock subsidy is available to help towards some of the costs of your alcohol interlock programme. If you’re eligible we will be able to explain what you need.

Call us on 0800 002 182 or contact us here to apply to get an alcohol interlock installed.

Who can get a subsidy?

You may be eligible for the alcohol interlock subsidy if:

  • your alcohol interlock sentence was issued since 1 July 2018 and
  • you meet the financial eligibility criteria.

Contact Smart Start on 0800 002 182 if you’re unsure and we’ll walk you through the standard costs. We’ll also help you find out if you’re eligible for the alcohol interlock subsidy.

To prove you’re eligible for the alcohol interlock subsidy:

If you have already got your alcohol interlock licence but you did not receive the alcohol interlock subsidy, you will need to apply for the subsidy directly with NZTA.

What does the subsidy cover?

If you’re granted alcohol interlock subsidy assistance, you won’t have to pay for:

  • the first alcohol interlock licence ($31.30)
  • installation of the alcohol interlock device in one vehicle ($199.00)
  • part of the monthly servicing fees ($50 subsidised a month)
  • removal of the alcohol interlock device ($149.00)
  • the first zero alcohol licence, providing you exit the alcohol interlock programme within 15 months ($37.30)

Please note that the subsidy only applies for 15 months from your alcohol interlock licence issue date!

If you miss more than one monthly service in a row, your subsidy may stop. You will need to call us immediately on 0800 002 182 if you think you might not be able to get to your monthly service.

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.
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