Most states have reciprocal agreements with each other regarding driver convictions. The shared information may be about a minor offense, such as a speeding ticket, or a major offense, like a DUI.

The Driver’s License Compact (DLC) and Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC) are the main reciprocal agreements for traffic violations. There is also the Driver’s License Agreement (DLA), but only a few states are members.

Key Highlights
  • Member states of the Driver’s License Compact (DLC) share traffic ticket convictions of drivers with other states.
  • Five states don’t share speeding ticket information with other states: Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
  • Member states of the Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC) must suspend the driver’s license of anyone who fails to pay or otherwise legally resolve moving violations in another state.
  • The states that are not NRVC members are Alaska, California, Michigan, Montana, Oregon and Wisconsin.
  • The National Driver Register contains records of drivers whose licenses were revoked or suspended and those convicted of a DUI.
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Do speeding tickets transfer from state to state?

Each state has its own rules for how it handles speeding tickets. While the ticket itself will not transfer from another state to your own state, in many cases your state might get involved in forcing you to pay your obligation. 

For example, the agreements that states have with one another could result in your own state suspending your driving privileges because you did not pay a ticket in another state. 

A speeding ticket in another state also might appear on your driving record in your own state. 

If you get a ticket in another state, does it go on your record?

In most cases, an out-of-state ticket will appear on your driving record. Agreements such as the Driver’s License Compact mean your infraction will likely be reported to your home state’s licensing authority. 

There are exceptions to the rule. Some states treat out-of-state violations with more leniency than others. Knowing your state’s rules will help you to determine whether a ticket in another state is likely to appear on your record. 

If I get a speeding ticket in another state, do I get points on my license?

The rules about whether you receive points for a speeding ticket vary from state to state. However, most states will assign points to your driver’s license if you receive a speeding ticket when driving out of state. 

There are exceptions to this rule. States such as Colorado and Pennsylvania will not record out-of-state violations that are minor, such as receiving a speeding ticket. The violation will be recorded in Maryland and Nevada, but you will not get points for an out-of-state offense. 

Which states belong to the Driver’s License Compact?

Member Driver’s License Compact (DLC) states must report driver traffic ticket convictions to the driver’s home state. That state determines whether to place the traffic offense on the driver’s record and if points are added to the driver’s license.

Members of the DLC:

The members include all states except

Even if your state isn’t part of the DLC, an out-of-state ticket may follow you because most states have informal agreements to share information about traffic tickets. 

What is the Non-Resident Violator Compact?

The Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC) 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 resolve them. It does not apply to vehicle registration or parking citations.

Current members of the NRVC:

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

NRVC members include all states except:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Wisconsin

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

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How is the Driver’s License Agreement different?

To establish a one-driver, one-record system, the Driver’s License Agreement (DLA) hopes to combine the DLC and NRVC and become a more efficient and effective agreement for the jurisdictions to share and transmit driver and conviction information.

However,  few states have gravitated to the DLA. Thus far, only Arkansas, Connecticut, and Massachusetts have signed up as members.

What is the National Driver Register?

Another registry is the National Driver Register (NDR), in which all states and the District of Columbia participate. The NDR contains records on drivers who have had their licenses revoked or suspended or were convicted of serious traffic violations (such as a DUI) throughout the U.S.

When a person applies for a driver’s license, the state DMV checks if that individual’s name is in the NDR file. A new license may be denied if you’re listed as a problem driver on the NDR.

Which states do not transfer driving records? 

Many states have taken the initiative to collaborate on addressing driving convictions, allowing them to share information regardless of severity. This could range from a minor speeding ticket to more serious offenses such as DUIs. However, the following states do not transfer driving records:

  • Georgia 
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin

Can you contest a traffic ticket received out-of-state?

Getting a ticket out-of-state adds another wrinkle in your fight to contest the violation. Generally, when you contest a ticket, you will be expected to appear in court. This is more challenging for those who do not live in the state where the court hearing occurs. 

If you are willing to make the trip, traveling to the state in question and appearing in court might give you the best odds of successfully fighting a ticket. However, you have other options. For example, you might be able to hire an attorney in the state to appear in court on your behalf. 

You can also contest the ticket in writing, explaining your side of the story. However, not all states offer this option. 

Do you have to pay a traffic ticket you received out-of-state?

You must pay for a traffic ticket even if you got it in a state you don’t live in. The ticket itself should include all the important information you must know to pay the ticket, including the amount, when payment is due and where to send payment. 

Fail to pay an out-of-state ticket and you could be arrested the next time you are in that state. At the very least, you will likely face additional fees. 

In addition, it is possible your own state could suspend your license under the terms of the Non-Resident Violator Compact. 

Does your insurance go up if you receive an out-of-state ticket?

It is possible that your insurance costs will increase if you receive a ticket in a state that is not your personal state of residence. 

“A speeding ticket has insurance premium consequences,” says Carole Walker, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. “A ‘lead foot’ across state lines won’t prevent you from a rate hike.” 

Most states in the U.S. share information about the driving history of residents and others through the Driver License Compact or other agreements. 

However, this is not automatically the case. It is also possible that your insurer will decide to leave your rates as they are. In addition, each state has its own policy for how it treats out-of-state tickets. So, the impact of an out-of-state ticket on your insurance costs will depend on both your insurer and your state’s laws. 

Find out if out-of-state traffic tickets follow you home

Final thoughts

If you get a speeding ticket in another state you should not ignore it. Either pay the ticket or contest it in court. 

Failure to address the terms of the ticket and to ignore your obligation to resolve the matter can get you in a lot of trouble. 

People Also Ask

I currently reside in Tennessee, but I’m moving to Washington state. Will any speeding tickets I received in Tennessee transfer when I get a driving license in Washington state?

Your driving record will follow you almost anywhere you go in the United States. 45 states and Washington, D.C., have signed the Driver’s License Compact (DLC), which requires states to share information about traffic violations. The DLC requires member states to report tickets to the state where the motorist received their license.

If you move between states while you’re carrying points on your license, they’ll usually transfer over according to the terms of the Interstate Compact Act. In most states, an unpaid traffic ticket will cause the automatic suspension of your driver’s license.

If you get a ticket in Dalton City, Georgia, will they report it to Kansas, and will your license be suspended? Kansas is where the drivers license is held.

If you fail to pay the ticket or otherwise legally resolve any moving violations in Georgia, the Kansas DMV can suspend you license under the Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC).

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NHTSA. “National Driver Register.” Accessed February 2024

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