Out of State Drivers

For individuals who receive traffic tickets while driving out of state, a main concern is whether the home state will be notified about the ticket and what, if any, consequences can result from an out of state ticket. The Interstate Driver License Compact (DLC) and the National Driver Registry (NDR) are government databases created to confine every driver in the United States to one universal driver’s license and driving record, regardless of where an individual lives.

Under the Driver’s License Compact, States that are active members must communicate any DUI conviction to the “Home State.”

The “Home State” then takes necessary steps against the license according to its own laws. Currently, there are 45 states are members of the Interstate Compact.  Georgia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Michigan are the only states that currently are not members of the DLC. Alaska, California, Montana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Oregon are currently the only states that are not affiliated with the NDR.  All other states belong to both the DLC and NDR.

Out of state convictions count:
  • With all but a few geographical exceptions, it will be impossible for an out of state driver to avoid serious repercussions in their home state; however, suspension can be avoided if necessary steps are taken in the courtroom and with the DMV.
  • In addition to the DLC, non-residents should be concerned with the impact of any actions taken by the DMV in the offense state against their privilege to drive in their home state. For several out-of-state residents, mistakenly assuming that a driver’s license will remain valid in their home state, even if they lose their right to drive in the offense state, is often misconceived. Under the current registry, (all 50 states) any state that suspends a driver’s license must report the suspension by entering said information into the Registry’s computer databank.
  • Every member state is required to check the registry’s databank whenever an individual seeks to have a driver’s license renewed or applies for a new license.   All states are additionally required to deny the license if there is an out of state suspension.
These consequences can often be circumvented in many cases but MUST be considered in every case.