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If you’re convicted by the courts (under section 65AC of the Land Transport Act 1998) for driving offences involving alcohol, you’ll be given an alcohol interlock disqualification and will need to get an alcohol interlock device installed in your vehicle. 

Find out more about alcohol interlocks

The NZ Transport Agency may grant you subsidy assistance for some alcohol 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 meet the financial eligibility criteria.

Proving you're eligible for the subsidy

To prove that you meet the eligibility criteria, you can either:

If your circumstances change after you make your application and you become eligible later, you'll need to provide your proof directly to the NZ Transport Agency.

What does the subsidy cover

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

  • the alcohol interlock licence
  • installation of the alcohol interlock device in your vehicle
  • part of the monthly servicing fees ($50 subsidised a month)
  • the zero alcohol licence issued after you’ve exited the alcohol interlock programme
  • removal of the alcohol interlock device from your vehicle.

The subsidy will only last for 15 months. If you haven’t been given approval to exit the programme and had the device removed from your vehicle within 15 months of getting your alcohol interlock licence, you won’t be eligible for any further subsidised fees.

If you miss more than one monthly service in a row, your subsidy may stop. Contact your provider straight away if you think you might not be able to get to your monthly services.

Subsidy eligibility

You’re eligible for a subsidy* if you are:

  • entitled to receive sole parent support, a supported living payment, a community wage, an emergency benefit, veteran’s pension, youth payment or young parent payment, or
  • entitled to receive weekly income compensation under the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, or
  • your family or superannuation income is within the limits listed below:
If your household is: then your yearly income (before tax) can be up to:
Single - living with others $26,688
Single - living alone $28,322
Married, civil union or de facto couple - no children $42,352
NZ Superannuation single - living with others $27,571
NZ Superannuation single - living alone $29,299
NZ Superannuation married, civil union or de facto couple - no children $43,872
Family of 2 $50,673
Family of 3 $61,224
Family of 4 $69,616
Family of 5 $77,835
Family of 6 $87,020
For families of more than 6, the limit goes up another $8095 for each extra person.

 *This is the same as eligibility for a Community Services Card. If you have any questions about Community Services Card eligibility, please contact the Ministry of Social Development on 0800 999 999.

Can I get a subsidy if my circumstances change?

If your circumstances change partway through your sentence and you now meet the financial eligibility criteria, you may be eligible to have the rest of your alcohol interlock costs subsidised.

You must provide a witnessed Statutory declaration in respect of application for alcohol interlock subsidy form (DL27) [PDF, 141 KB], or a clear certified copy of your Community Services Card.  

Upload your statutory declaration or community services card

If you prefer, you can email us your proof, or post it to us at:

Alcohol Interlock Statutory Declarations
NZ Transport Agency
Private Bag 11777
Palmerston North 4442.

Remember to include your full name, driver licence number, contact phone number and the name of the AID provider you're with. 

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