Can I get a driver’s license if I have a warrant in another state?

It’s unlikely. But, the answer depends on the severity of the circumstances involving your warrant, as well as how the driver’s license division of your new state views your warrant.

All states belong to the National Driver Registry (NDR) that allows them to electronically share information about drivers with revoked or suspended licenses, or who are guilty of driving while impaired or other serious moving violations. Before issuing a license, each state is required to check the NDR for any possible red flags about the applicant.

If you have a warrant, it should appear in the NDR. If it’s a misdemeanor warrant, your new state might issue you a license. But, again, that’s up to the discretion of the driver license division.

Visitor Comments

  • Posted by Jack Spitz on October 23rd, 2010

    If your warrant is related to violation of the vehicle code in another state it is likely to show up, however if it is a non-vehicle related offense it will likely not show up. LEIN and Driving Records are 2 entirely different database and the 2 shall never meet. That is why states like California and Michigan and many others have specific statutes that require the court to "report" Failure to Appear and/or Failure to Comply with Judgment in cases related to the vehicle code such as DUI, reckless driving etc... However a warrant for shoplifting would not be on your driving record. However all this varies from state so start googling the offense which caused the warrant with the name of your state and see what you can find. Good Luck

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