There are two main compacts that states participate in regards to sharing ticketing information with other states. These are the Drivers License Compact (DLC) and Non-Resident Violators Compact.
The Drivers License Compact requires member states to report tickets received by motorist to the state where they received a license to drive. It is the policy of each member state to promote compliance with the laws, ordinances, and administrative actions regarding the operation of motor vehicles by drivers in states which are members of the compact.
Included in the compact are provisions which allow:
- Member states to report actions on out-of-state drivers to their licensing state,
- Home states to take the same action on violations reported to them by other member states as if the violation occurred in the home state, and
- Authority to deny issuance of a driver's license if there is a suspension in another state.
The states that do not take part in the Drivers License Compact are Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin though these states may still have their own agreements or choose to share (exchange) ticketing information with other states.
Besides the DLC there is the Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC) which states that if you do not pay or otherwise take care of your out of state citation your home state will suspend your license. So some states may not at first share information but will if you do not take care of a ticket.
The Non-Resident Violator Compact requires member states to suspend the driver's license of those who get traffic tickets for moving violations in other states and fail to pay them. The compact is an agreement among member states which simplifies the processing of citations issued to out-of-state traffic offenders.
States that are members are free to take action on violations reported from non-member states as well. The law provides for the suspension of driver's licenses in the home states of traffic violators who fail to comply with the terms of their citations.
Some of the benefits of the Non-Resident Violator Compact are:
- In many instances it allows non-resident motorists to be released on their own recognizance after the issuance of a citation,
- It allows police officers to immediately resume their normal duties, and
- In some cases it eliminates the need to appear in court.
If residents of NRVC member states fail to comply with the terms of their citations, their driving privileges may be suspended by their home state until the citation requirements have been met. Most states will suspend your license if the other state or your state is not a member of the NRVC. The states that are not members of the NRVC are Alaska, California, Michigan, Montana, Oregon and Wisconsin.
If you want to know if your specific state does or does not share information or receive in ticket conviction information, contact your Department of Motor Vehicles and request information on this topic.