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Which states share speeding ticket information?


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Most states in the U.S. have reciprocal agreements with each other regarding motor vehicle violation convictions of drivers. The shared information may be about a minor offense, such as a speeding ticket, or a major offense, such as a DUI.

The main reciprocal agreements, with regards to traffic violations, are the Drivers License Compact (DLC) and Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC). There is also the Drivers License Agreement (DLA); however, it doesn't yet have the state membership that the other two compacts currently have.

Drivers License Compact members

States that are members of the DLC are required to report traffic ticket convictions received by a motorist back to the state where the driver is licensed. The driver's home state then determines if the traffic offense will be placed on the person's driving record and if any points will be assessed.

Current members of the DLC include:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

This leaves the states of Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin as non-members; however, most of these states have informal agreements with other states to exchange information regarding traffic tickets.  Thus, just because your state isn't part of the DLC doesn't mean an out-of-state ticket won't follow you home.

NRVC members

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 or otherwise legally take care of them.

Current members of the NRVC include:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Non-members are thus: Alaska, California, Michigan, Montana, Oregon and Wisconsin.

Again, though, each state may have its own agreements with other states and may still suspend or penalize a driver who doesn't pay their out-of-state traffic ticket.

Newest agreement -- the DLA

The DLC and the NRVC are supposedly being revised and combined into the new Driver License Agreement (DLA). In the effort to establish a one-driver, one-record system, the DLA hopes to be a more efficient and effective agreement for the jurisdictions to share and transmit driver and conviction information.

Thus far states haven't gravitated to the DLA, and only Arkansas, Connecticut and Massachusetts have signed up as members. There is legislature in other states pending though.  Unlike the DLC and NRVC, the provinces and territories of Canada, as well as the states/federal district of Mexico, can participate in the DLA.

There is also the National Driver Register (NDR) that all states and the District of Columbia take part in. The NDR contains records on those who have had their licenses revoked or suspended, or who have been convicted of serious traffic violations (such as a DUI) throughout the United States.

When a person applies for a driver's license a state's Department of Motor Vehicles should check to see if that individual's name is in the NDR file. If that person has been reported to the NDR as a problem driver, a license may be denied until the issue has taken care of and their license has been reinstated in the state that has the hold on their license.

States are connected

Basically, the states try to stay connected with each other through formal or informal agreements.  If you get a speeding ticket out-of-state it is more likely than not to get back to your home state.  Thus, if you want to keep an out-of-state ticket off your record at home, then try to plead it down to a non-moving violation (these are normally aren't shared) or work out where you take traffic school or another option to get the ticket dismissed.  If you aren't convicted of the violation, then it won't be reported back to your home state.

If your home state does find out about the offense and puts it on your driving record, then your car insurance premiums could be affected just as if the ticket were received in your home state. For more information about driving records in your home state, visit our state car insurance rates page and click on your state.


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11 Responses to "Which states share speeding ticket information?"
  1. Susan

    I am a Canadian citizen from Alberta, Canada who received a ticket in Gillette, Wyoming. Will this affect my return to the U.S.? Also, will it affect my insurance? Does the state of Wyoming have the reciprocated deal with our Province of Alberta in Canada? Thanks, I need to know.

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  2. Doug

    What about parking tickets? I received a parking ticket that I did not deserve while I was trying to buy a parking pass. I appealed the ticket, but the appeal was rejected. The parking ticket is in New York, I live in Louisiana and it was in a rental car from New Jersey. Any thoughts or insight. I don't want to pay because I didn't deserve the ticket.

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    1. Heather November 08, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      I've been searching the web for the same answer. I got a $65 parking ticket in NYC and felt it was unfair and overpriced and am having a hard time justifying paying it or the whole of it -- I live in Maine. If I don't pay, what happens? Do you know? Thanks for any info/experience anyone may have on the subject.

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  3. Gary Taylor

    If my license is suspended in Georgia can I get a license if I move to another state?

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  4. diane

    I received a DUI violation in New Jersey and paid the fine. Now they want me to take a 2 day class. My license is from Texas, does this mean my Texas license is suspended? I don't have a NJ license why do I have to pay fines and fees for a class when I do not live in NJ or have a license from that state?

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  5. Sam

    I received a speeding ticket in Virginia and I have New Jersey license. Will I get any points? Would points get transferred to my license in NJ? Shall I pay fine on line or is it suggested to go to court?

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  6. Visitor

    I have a suspended Nevada drivers license. Now I live in Georgia, can I get new license here?

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  7. Visitor

    Doesn't help me to avoid jail!!!

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  8. Anonymous

    only place I could find real information about this topic thank you!

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  9. Anonymous

    Interested in licensing, not violations.

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  10. Anonymous

    i have a CT license and received a speeding ticket in MA. Will i receive points on my CT license

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