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California and the Interstate Driver's License Compact


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11/17/2008
Anders Johnson
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If you have a California driver's license, and get a DUI in California, your license will be suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles.  What if you get a DUI outside of California?  Then, the Interstate Driver's License Compact applies.

The IDLC is an agreement between 45 states to communicate about driving-related crimes, including DUI convictions.  The states agree to notify each other of a DUI conviction.  Some states take action on your license only after being notified of a DUI court conviction.  Some states will only take action if the burden of obtaining a criminal conviction in the other state is equal to that of the home state.  Some states may add penalities and other states may impose lesser penalities.

If you receive a DUI in Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, or Wisconsin, no report will be forwarded, as those states are not part of the Compact. 

It takes a good DUI defense attorney to advise you about the consequences of a DUI outside of California.



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