If I move to another state does my driving record follow me?
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If I move to another state does my driving record follow me?


Some states place your violations from your previous state's motor vehicle record (MVR) on your new driving record while others will not. To find out if the new state will put your previous state's driving record on your new MVR check the new state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website.

Even if your driving record doesn't get literally attached to your new driving record directly, your driving record will still follow you. Insurance companies and employers will see that your driver's license was recently obtained in your new state, so will check your previous state's driving record.

Also in many states when your license is checked by an officer in your new (current) state it will show you surrendered an out of state license. An officer may then be able, if he or she has reason, to request and receive information regarding your prior driving history in your previous state.

If your license in one state is suspended, revoked or cancelled than this information would be put in the National Driver Register (NDR) which is checked when you apply for or renew a driver's license. That means any state you move to would see if you had citations or points on your license in your previous state. It's wise to know how your car insurance policy is affected by tickets and points, regardless of whether you're moving or getting a new license or not.

If you're moving, your car insurance rates may increase or decrease, depending on your new location. That's because car insurance companies assign areas different levels of risk, depending on the amount and cost of car insurance claims in that neighborhood. Typically, but not always, urban areas and cities have higher rates than rural areas. To see if your car insurance will go up if you move, use our tool that shows the increase or decrease from one ZIP code to another. You can also see the average rate for nearly every ZIP code in the country by using CarInsurance.com's average car insurance rates tool. You'll also see the higheset and lowest rate fielded from major insurers for each ZIP, which shows how much the price can vary for the same policy. That's why it's wise to compare rates at least once a year, and especially if you are moving.


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