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If you get a speeding ticket in VA but are a Maryland resident do you get the amount of points under the VA system of the MD system? For instance, this speeding ticket in VA is worth 4 points but the same infraction in MD woulds only be worth 2 points. How many points as a MD resident would I receive?


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If Maryland did assess you points for this out of state speeding ticket it would be according to their own points schedule and not Virginia's points list. Our understanding though is that MD will not assign you points for the VA speeding ticket.

Virginia and your home state of Maryland are both members of the Drivers License Compact (DLC). This agreement requires member states to share information regarding convictions of moving violations with the licensing state. So if you plead guilty to the VA speeding ticket and are convicted of this offense then this state's courts will report this 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 to notify the MVA. Upon receipt of the information, the MVA will update your driver record.

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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 Virginia speeding ticket conviction 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.

Since the Virginia speeding ticket will make it on your Maryland motor vehicle record (MVR) your MD insurance provider will see it and could rate you on it. If your rates rise due to this speeding infraction come to CarInsurance.com for inexpensive car insurance.


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