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I have a MD license and got a speeding ticket and reckless driving in North Carolina. What points if any will transfer to my MD record? Do the points transfer or just the fact that I got a ticket?


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As you may be aware both North Carolina and your home state of Maryland are both members of the Drivers License Compact. This requires member states to share information regarding convictions of moving violations with the licensing state. So you plead guilty to the speeding ticket and reckless driving violation in NC then this state's courts will report these violation back to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

The MD MVA site notes that if you received a conviction out-of-state, that state is obligated under the terms of the Driver License Compact (DLC) to notify the MVA. Upon receipt of the information, the MVA will update your driver record.

For many types of violations, the MVA will only record the conviction information on your Maryland driver record and will not assess points. However, if you have been convicted of one of the serious violations identified in Article IV of the Driver's License Compact, the MVA will record both the conviction information and the points associated with it. The number of points assessed is equal to the number that would have been assessed if the conviction occurred in Maryland.

The types of serious out-of-state violations for which points may be assessed in Maryland according to the MVA 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.

From this information it would appear that your NC speeding ticket and reckless driving offense would be placed on your Maryland driving record but would not be assigned points. For more information on how MD deals with the DLC contact the MVA or read through the Maryland Code that gives this information.


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