Let’s say you had a DUI last year in another country, such as England, Australia, or even India. You complied with all of the court-ordered requirements in the other country, but now you will be moving to California in the upcoming weeks or months.
Los Angeles and Orange counties are vast, and you are going to need a car to drive to and from work or school.
You plan on buying a car and of course, you have to get auto insurance. So now you’re wondering if you have to inform the auto insurance company about your DUI overseas.
The DUI was not on American soil, and most of what you read on the Internet says things like, “Only DUIs in the United States count, and DUIs outside of the states do not need to be disclosed to auto insurance carriers.”
So, what do you do?
Your Obligations to Your Auto Insurance Carrier
We have good news for you, you probably will not have to disclose your overseas DUI conviction to U.S.-based insurance carriers. That is because the DUI process in California is probably very different than it is in the other country. It’s like comparing apples to oranges, and that wouldn’t be fair, would it?
Just to be sure, you should contact the DMV or the insurance provider and ask them about their policies.
Conversely, if your insurance policy does require that you disclose any out of country DUI then yes, in that case you will have to tell them about your DUI overseas. You certainly don’t want to lie if you’re specifically asked about it.
Essentially, it comes down to what the insurance application asks about your driving record.
If you were arrested for DUI in Orange County, even if you live in LA or San Diego, or another state or country, you will need a local DUI attorney who practices in the Orange County Courts, and we can help you with that.
Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a free case evaluation with a Board Certified DUI specialist!