When we go on vacation, we don’t expect to get a speeding ticket,
or worse, get arrested for DUI, but it happens more often than you might
think. Whether it’s unfamiliarity with the area, or perhaps the
opposite, visiting old friends back home, there is something about travelling
out-of-state that tends to get people’s defenses down.
If you are a resident of California, and you were arrested for
DUI in another state, you may be wondering, “Will my out-of-state DUI
arrest affect my California driving record?” Unfortunately, the
answer is yes, it will thanks to what is called the
Driver License Compact.
What is the Driver License Compact?
The Driver License Compact (DLC) is an interstate compact that was first
established in 1960, with our neighbor Nevada, becoming the first member.
The DLC is used by many states to exchange information regarding traffic
violations and license suspensions of nonresidents; the information is
forwarded to the driver’s home state, where they received their
The theme of the DLC is:
One Driver, One License, One Record. Essentially, if you are arrested for DUI in another member state, California
would treat the offense as if you had committed it here. The DLC applies
to moving violations such as DUI and speeding, however, it does not apply
to nonmoving violations such as tinted windows and parking tickets.
National Driver Register (NDR)
In addition to the DLC, the National Driver Register (NDR) is another database
of information about drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked,
or who have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or
drugs. Under the NDR, state motor vehicle agencies provide the names of
drivers who have been convicted of DUI.
If you were convicted of DUI, and you decide to apply for a driver’s
license, the state agency will check to see if your name is in the NDR.
If your name appears in this database, you may be denied a driver’s
license. Since this a possibility, it is important to address the issue
head-on so you can resolve it and get your license back on track.
Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry,Inc. if you were arrested for DUI in Orange County, or in
another state. It is important that you know your rights, and your legal defenses. Call
today to get all of your questions answered by a Board Certified DUI defense lawyer!