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Consequences of an Out-Of-State DUI

When we go on vacation or travel out-of-state on business, we don’t expect to get a speeding ticket or worse, get arrested for driving under the influence (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’re 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 because of the Driver License Compact.

What is the Driver License Compact?

The Driver License Compact (DLC) is an interstate compact 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 driver’s license.

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 strictly applies to moving violations such as speeding and DUI; it does not apply to nonmoving violations such as tinted windows or 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 recently convicted of DUI in another state and you apply for a driver’s license in California, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will check to see if your name is in the NDR. If your name appears in this database, you may be denied your California driver’s license.

If you were recently convicted of DUI in another state and you wish to apply for a California driver’s license, it’s critical to address the issue head-on so you can resolve it and reinstate your driving privilege. You don’t want to be caught driving without a valid license!

Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. if you were arrested for DUI in Orange County, or in another state. It’s 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!