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Hey dogbert,

I am not a lawyer, so keep that in mind, but in the case of a first time, adult age, high BAC DUI (assuming this is the case with your daughter), the 1-year license suspension is going to begin on the conviction date. With no other complications (other than the interlock), there should be no ‘temporary license’ after the suspension expires. If anything, you daughter would get her license back after her suspension is up with a restriction for the interlock until a year with it has passed since it was installed, which would be a few weeks (often 45 days) after getting the license back. Maybe that’s what the people you’ve dealt with mean by ‘temporary license;’ the ‘temporary’ aspect of it is the temporary restriction for the interlock. After the interlock gets removed (and Monitech staff are going to prefer you bring them a license with the interlock restriction end date on the back of it to verify the de-installation is a go), you head back to the DMV to get the interlock restriction removed from the license.

Her conviction date and interlock installation look to be about 45 days apart, which is par for the course because you’re not allowed to drive at all for 45 days following your conviction. The interlock would need to be installed after that period (often the day after) to have a limited driving privilege.

For whatever reason, I’ve heard of people with license suspensions from DUIs having to take any number of the DMV driver license tests (mainly vision and driving) to get their license back when the time comes. A driving test is apparently not uncommon. I wouldn’t worry about it other than the very brief hassle it imposes.

Good luck getting any customer service whatsoever from your attorney following your conviction/after you’ve paid his or her fees. Their case loads are massive and they just don’t have time to attend to everyone’s questions, unfortunately.

Hope this helps.