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I have a PA license. I received a speeding ticket in MD 80/55. There is a chance I'll be moving to MD in a few weeks and will have to get a MD license. Will this ticket and points be put on my MD license when I switch?


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As you are likely aware Pennsylvania and Maryland are both members of the Drivers License Compact (DLC) so their courts and Department of Motor Vehicles (licensing agencies) share information regarding convictions for moving violations. However PennDOT has decided not to place on your driving record or assign points for minor out of state moving violations, so it is doubtful that they would place your speeding citation conviction on your PA driving record.

That being said if you are going to move to Maryland and obtain a MD driver's license it is likely that his Maryland speeding offense will be placed on it. You can check with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to find out for certain however most states DMVs will start a record for you if you have been convicted of a moving violation. They do so to track and make sure you are not a habitual offender, which if they deemed you were due to having several tickets or a certain amount of points on your record, and then they will normally suspend your license for a certain period of time.

The MVA in fact states that they take different actions depending upon the number of points you have accumulated during the previous 2 years. Your driver record is reviewed for accumulated points each time the MVA adds more points to your record.

After you are convicted of a vehicle-related law violation in Maryland, the Maryland District Court notifies the MVA of the conviction. The MVA then applies the appropriate points to your driver record. Other actions taken by the MVA in response to this notification depend upon the total number of points that you have accumulated during the two-year period prior to the violation:

  • 3 to 4 points - The MVA will send you a warning letter.
  • 5 to 7 points - The MVA will require you to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program (DIP).
  • 8 to 11 points - The MVA will send you a notice of suspension.
  • 12 or more points - The MVA will send you a notice of revocation.

Being convicted of a speeding offense in excess of 30 mph over the posted limit is 5 points in Maryland.

So it is likely that MD has started a record for you and thus when you apply for a Maryland license this speeding infraction, if you plead guilty or are otherwise convicted of it, will be placed on your record and assigned points. In fact we contacted the MD MVA which told us that they will request your driver record from your previous state (PA) when you apply for a Maryland driver's license.

The MVA will then review it for any convictions. For many types of violations, the MVA will only record the conviction information on your Maryland driver record and will not assess points. The representative also stated your MD ticket would usually also be placed on your new Maryland license but was unsure if points would be applied.

If you are going to apply for a MD license you will need to ask about the Maryland speeding ticket being assessed points on your new driving record since the rep we contacted was unable to say for certain. As we mentioned earlier if points are assigned for it to your MD license then it would could toward your cumulative points total which could be a problem if you receive too many points within a 2 year period.

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