Sober Driver Program
Find out what an interlock exemption order is and how to register for the Sober Driver Program.
Interlock exemption order
If you're convicted of a drink driving offence, rather than participate in the Alcohol Interlock Program, you can ask the court for an interlock exemption order. The court may give you the exemption if you can prove that:
- you don’t have access to a vehicle to install the device, or
- you have a medical condition which stops you from using the device.
If the court gives you an interlock exemption order:
- your licence will be cancelled and you'll be disqualified from driving
- you’ll need to complete the Sober Driver Program (at your own expense) during your disqualification period
- you’ll need to complete the disqualification period before you can apply for a new unrestricted driver licence.
What is the Sober Driver Program?
The Sober Driver Program is for drivers, convicted of serious drink driving offences, who have been given an interlock exemption by a court. The Sober Driver Program consists of 20 hours of group therapy to help you:
- understand the consequences of drink driving (for yourself and others)
- understand the events and decisions that led to your offence
- create and use strategies to prevent you from offending again
- develop skills and positive attitudes for safe driving.
When you finish the course you’ll get a Certificate of Completion. You’ll need to give this to Transport for NSW when you apply for your new licence.
How do I register?
If you have an interlock exemption order you must register on the MTS Sober Driver Program website
If you have an interlock exemption order and you are supervised by Corrective Services NSW, you can choose to do the program through them. Contact your local Community Corrections Office for more information.
Can I change my mind?
If you change your mind you can opt to do the interlock program at a later date. You won’t need to go back to court, but you will need to seek legal advice and contact Service NSW on 13 77 88.