Out of State License Suspension
What Happens if I live in Rhode Island and my Rhode Island Driver’s license is suspended in another state?
While traveling through other states any infractions that you are charged with can have an effect on your Rhode Island Driver’s License. There are many different scenarios in which your license may be suspended, including driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and assaulting another motorist. Having your driver’s license suspended or revoked can be a serious obstacle when you’re trying to earn a living, raise a family, or just have a social life.
Does the suspension follow me to Rhode Island?
Thanks to the Driver’s License Compact (DLC), your driving record will follow you almost anywhere you go in the United States. The DLC is an interstate agreement that facilitates states’ exchange of information regarding traffic violations, suspensions, and revocations. The compact’s motto is “One Driver, One License, One Record.”
Under the compact, virtually all traffic offenses that occur in a different state are treated as if they occurred in the state where you’re licensed (this is limited to moving violations and typically excludes offenses such as parking tickets or tinted windows). So, if your license is suspended in a member state, it will likely be suspended in any other member state to which you reside.
What if I move to a different state?
Similarly, if you apply for a license in a new state, your suspension will likely prevent you from being issued a new license. That happens because when a person applies for a driver’s license, Department of Motor Vehicles checks to see if the name appears on the National Driver Registry (NDR) — a database containing the names of people who have had their license suspended or revoked.
The license compact isn’t only interstate, but international in a few cases. For example, New York, Maine, and Florida all have special agreements with Quebec, allowing them to exchange information and take adverse action.
Still Confused About the Status of Your Driver’s License? Contact an Attorney
It can be stressful trying to navigate your job, family responsibilities, and life in general without a valid driver’s license. But if your license was suspended in another state, most likely that suspension will follow you back to Rhode Island. So if you are hoping to get your life back in order, you need to contact an attorney who can help you navigate the rough waters ahead.
Attorney Archambault understands the anxiety individuals experience when facing criminal charges. Therefore, he takes the time to meet with his clients to explain the charges and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their case. Schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your case with Attorney Archambault.