Will tickets from other states affect the status of my driverís license?

The answer depends on where you live, where you got the ticket, the type of ticket, and the current number of points on your driving record.

The Driver License Compact (DLC) is an agreement between 46 states to share driver’s license information with its members. This includes alerting home states when a driver is convicted of a serious moving violation in another participating DLC state, such as:

  • Manslaughter or negligent homicide resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence.
  • Failing to stop and offer aid in the event of a motor vehicle accident resulting in the death or personal injury of another person.

Usually, information about less serious offenses, like parking infractions, speeding tickets, and failing to yield violations aren’t reported to the home states. And, even those infractions that are reported may not result in points being assessed on your license; instead, the offense may just be noted on your driving record.

Although Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin aren’t official members of the DLC, they still will likely send the appropriate information to your home state if you’re convicted of a serious moving violation in their state.  Likewise, DLC members usually will transmit information regarding serious traffic convictions occurring in their state to non-member states.




Belongs to the Drivers License Compact Does not belong to the Drivers License Compact
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
Connecticut
x
Delaware
x
Florida
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
Illinois
x
Indiana
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Kentucky
x
Louisiana
x
Maine
x
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Missouri
x
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
x
New Jersey
x
New Mexico
x
New York
x
North Carolina
x
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
Pennsylvania
x
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Texas
x
Utah
x
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

Visitor Comments

  • Posted by Anonymous on December 1st, 2009

    tnx for the answer. i was always wondering about this.

  • Posted by Carl Pierce on December 16th, 2009

    I have a Pennsylvania driver's license and received a ticket for going 84MPH in a 65MPH zone. How will this affect my Pennsylvania driver's record?

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