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Filing an Appeal for Financial Assistance

Filing an Appeal for Financial Assistance


The initial determination for Financial Assistance must be completed by the Online Interlock System.  This check occurs during installation.  If you are declined but meet the eligibility requirements and feel the tax information on file does not reflect your most recent return, you may file an appeal with the Department. 


You will need to provide the following to have your appeal considered:


          1.  A copy of your current year IRS Tax Transcript.  This can be obtained by calling

               the IRS Transcript Order Line at 800-908-9946.  The transcript is free of charge. 


Note:  The Department will not accept a copy of a Tax Return, only the IRS Transcript.    


If you have not filed a Colorado Tax return because your income is below the filing requirement, you may evidence eligibility by providing one of the following: 


  • A copy of the Notice of Action or determination letter (Form #NOA 1020) issued by the Division of Human Services showing current coverage in one of the PEAK programs including food, medical or cash assistance.  For information on PEAK visit
  • A copy of a Court’s Declaration of Indigency issued in the criminal proceeding associated with the alcohol violation.

If the appeal is approved, you will receive a pro-rated amount of assistance on future interlock lease charges for each calendar month that ends with you having a valid Colorado Restricted (Interlock) License.  Total assistance cannot exceed $400.  Any subsequent suspension or revocation of your driving privileges will terminate financial assistance. 


Please see the following appeal example: 


  • Driver has the Ignition Interlock device installed in June 2012
  • Provides required documents to reinstate driving privilege in July 2012
  • Driver obtains Restricted License (Interlock) in late July 2012
  • Submits Financial Assistance Appeal and is approved in August 2012
  • First opportunity to receive Financial Assistance would be in September 2012 assuming a valid license status existed on the driving record on August 31st 

No retroactive funds will be paid by the Department. 


Appeals can be mailed to the addresses below or dropped off at the Pierce office.  


Regular Mail:                  Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division

                                          Attn: Driver Control – Interlock Financial Assistance Appeals

                                          Denver, CO 80261-0016 


Please list your Colorado ID number (CO Driver’s License or State issued ID) as well as a contact number at the top of the documentation provided.