Whether you are away at college, or headed to spring break with classmates, an out-of-state speeding ticket is frustrating. You cannot fight it without another road trip on your court date, and you wonder what happens to your driver’s license when they occur. Sometimes, you even question whether you can just forget the whole thing. Ignore the temptation to move on, and take care of your ticket. That information probably made it to your home state. However, whether or not your license incurred points depends on your state’s policies and on which database delivered the unwelcome information to the department of motor vehicles.
There are three databases that cover moving violations: the Driver’s License Compact (DLC), the Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC) and the National Driver Register (NDR). Because states are independent entities, not all states are members of all the databases, and different states process the information differently. As a general rule, you can expect certain consequences from each database’s report.
The Driver’s License Compact
If the DLC reports your violation, it makes the violation an equivalent violation in your home state. If your license gets suspended at spring break, it is also now suspended at home. If you incur points in Daytona, you now have those points at home.
The Non-Resident Violator Compact
If the NRVC reports your violation, you are expected to resolve the matter in the state that issued the ticket. If you do not, then you may find your license suspended. However, no points will go onto your record, and your license will be restored as soon as you attend to the matter.
The National Driver Register
This database is also called the Problem Driver Pointer System. Its original purpose was to keep a record of problem commercial drivers. However, anyone who has been ticketed for driving under the influence (DUI) or has had his or her license revoked or suspended is probably on this list. States routinely check the NDR registry before renewing licenses. However, having one’s name on the list does not mean an automatic rejection. Employers, especially those who hire drivers or pilots, can also check the NDR registry before hiring.
The Future of Reporting
The future of reporting is through a database called the Driver’s License Agreement (DLA), although only three states, Arkansas, Connecticut and Massachusetts, are currently members. The DLA is supposed to close loopholes in the other agreements. To this end, states that become members agree to let DLA’s regulations supersede state law. In fact, DLA requires that a member state take action and assess penalties even if it has no law prohibiting the violation that occurred out of state. Even though only three states are members of the DLA, lobbying efforts indicate that this agreement is the future of reporting.
The bottom line is that big brother is watching. Out-of-state violations are every bit as serious as in-state violations, and drivers would be wise to resolve them as quickly as possible.
By Attorney Greg Tsioros. Visit his site here.