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Out of State License/Resident & Driving Record

Out of State Resident Can Protect License & Defend San Diego DUI arrest but a license issued by your home state (not California)?

Pink California DMV SUSPENSION/REVOCATION ORDER given to you?

It is easy to get an immediate evaluation online right now.

The Interstate Compact is a multi-state agreement between participating states to share information and reciprocate. The Compact includes San Diego DUI convictions and California license suspension actions.

If a holder of an out-of-state license or resident of one state has his or her driving privilege suspended or gets convicted of DUI in another state (California), the home state can be notified. The home state, in theory, will honor and reciprocate – take action to suspend the driver’s license unless proper & timely steps are taken within 10 days to protect that state license.

This means if you do not have a California driver’s license – and even if you do not plan to ever drive again in California – a DMV suspension of your driving privilege in California may result in a suspension of your home state driver’s license. You probably have some questions about the difference between the DUI criminal charge and the license suspension action.

You likely want to avoid, if not minimize, any driver’s license suspension action taken by the San Diego California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) against a randomly assigned index number which ultimately is to be honored by the home state.

You may prudently seek the assistance of a California DUI Defense Attorney Specialist.

Because drunk driving is illegal in all jurisdictions, understand what it is: the act of operating and/or driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs to the degree that motor skills and mental skills are impaired. The specific criminal offense is usually called driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs (DUI), and in some states driving while intoxicated (DWI), operating while impaired (OWI), or operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). Many state DUI or drunk driving laws also apply to piloting aircraft or boating.

All states in the U.S. designate a per se breath or blood alcohol level as threshold for an independent criminal offense. A second criminal offense of driving “under the influence” (DUI) or “while impaired” (DWI) is also normally charged in most states, with a permissive presumption of guilt where the person’s BAC is .08% or more (units of milligrams per deciliter, representing 8 g of alcohol in 10 liters of blood). Some states (Colorado) include a lesser charge, sometimes referred to as driving while ability impaired: it applies to individuals with a .05 percent or above, but less than the .08 per se limit for the more serious charge.

The list of states, below, indicates whether a given state belongs to the Interstate Driver’s License Compact, and if so, the year they joined. Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Georgia and Michigan are all Non-compact states and should, in theory, not share DUI conviction information.

If you have any specific questions about how the Interstate Compact Act may apply in your case, you may want to contact a DUI & DMV defense lawyer specialist in your state. States vary in their respective actions. Military personnel are not exempt.


NRVC – This is a list of the Non Resident Violator Compact… A list of states that communicate with one another if you get a ticket out of your home state.
DLC – This is a list of states that belong to the Driver License Compact. An agreement between these states basically says you have only ONE drivers license record.


AlabamaOctober 1981Alabama1966
AlaskaNot a MemberAlaskaSeptember 1986
ArizonaJanuary 1993Arizona1963
ArkansasJanuary 1986Arkansas1969
ColoradoJanuary 1982Colorado1965
ConnecticutJanuary 1981ConnecticutJanuary 1993
DelawareFebruary 1979Delaware1964
District of ColumbiaAugust 1980District of ColumbiaNovember 1985
FloridaOctober 1981Florida1967
GeorgiaFebruary 1980GeorgiaNot a Member
HawaiiJanuary 1996Hawaii1971
IdahoOctober 1992Idaho1963
IllinoisJuly 1984Illinois1963
IndianaJanuary 1980Indiana1967
IowaNovember 1980Iowa1965
KansasJanuary 1983Kansas1965
KentuckyDecember 1978KentuckyAugust 1996
LouisianaNovember 1979Louisiana1968
MaineJanuary 1982Maine1963
MarylandJuly 1979Maryland1978
MassachusettsDecember 1987MassachusettsNot a Member
MichiganNot a MemberMichiganNot a Member
MinnesotaOctober 1978Minnesota1990
MississippiMarch 1979Mississippi1962
MissouriOctober 1980MissouriOctober 1985
MontanaNot a MemberMontana1963
NebraskaJanuary 1982Nebraska1963
NevadaFebruary 1990Nevada1961
New HampshireJanuary 1982New HampshireOctober 1986
New JerseyJuly 1983New Jersey1966
New MexicoJanuary 1985New Mexico1963
New YorkJune 1982New York1965
North CarolinaSeptember 1980North CarolinaSeptember 1993
North DakotaJuly 1980North DakotaMay 1986
OhioJanuary 1985OhioOctober 1987
OklahomaJuly 1987Oklahoma1967
OregonNot a MemberOregon1963
PennsylvaniaJuly 1979PennsylvaniaOctober 1994
Rhode IslandApril 1986Rhode IslandJanuary 1987
South CarolinaJanuary 1981South CarolinaAugust 1987
South DakotaMay 1980South DakotaNovember 1987
TennesseeSeptember 1984Tennessee’65/’97dropped out
TexasJanuary 1982TexasSeptember 1993
UtahJuly 1985Utah1965
VermontOctober 1985VermontOctober 1987
VirginiaJuly 1980Virginia1963
WashingtonOctober 1993Washington1963
West VirginiaJuly 1978West VirginiaJuly 1972
WisconsinNot a MemberWisconsinNot a Member
WyomingJuly 1987WyomingMay 1987

Your state’s Driving Record

Get a copy of your state’s driving record at the National Driver Register.