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I got a speeding ticket in Vermont. Will it show up on my driving record in Maryland?


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Maryland and Vermont are both members of the Drivers License Compact which requires members to report traffic violations back to the state in which the motorist is licensed to drive. This means that the Vermont courts will inform the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration of the speeding citation you received.

The newly updated MD Motor Vehicle Administration site notes that if you are convicted of a vehicle-related offense in a jurisdiction outside of Maryland, the MVA may assess points. The point values identified in Maryland law for similar offenses determine the number of points that you will be assessed.

The Driver License Compact, to which Maryland is a signatory, guides the MVA's actions. The types of out-of-state violations for which points may be assessed in Maryland include:

  • Alcohol or drug related offenses;
  • Leaving the scene of a personal injury accident;
  • Homicide or manslaughter involving a vehicle;
  • Use of a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony.

The Maryland driver's manual currently states that once the MVA receives ticket information from another state they treat it as if the violation occurred in state. If that is the case, even if the offense is not one that they assign points to, it will be placed on your Maryland driving record.

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