Last Updated 19th of April, 2010
Which states have reciprocity with another?
Out of State Traffic Tickets and ReciprocityForty-five states and the District of Columbia participate in the Driver License Compact (DLC). Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Tennessee are the only states that don't participate in this interstate compact.
Started in 1960, the DLC, which champions a motto of "One Driver, One License, One Record," is used by participating states to share information on moving traffic violations. So say for example, you receive a speeding ticket or some sort of traffic ticket in Minnesota, your home state of Vermont will be notified. The violation will then go on your driving record. Depending on your state, this could be in the form of points which could ultimately affect the status of your drivers license. If however, you get ticketed for a moving violation in one of the non-participating states like Georgia, for example, your home-state DMV may or may not be notified.
Not every moving violation gets reported back to your home state. This is because each state adheres to different statutes. So if you're ticketed for reckless driving while vacationing, for example, but your home state has no laws governing such an offense, your local DMV will not take action against you. You'll still have to pay the fine in the state you were ticketed in, but your home state will not add it to your driving record.
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