Saturday, November 7, 2009

DUI in another state? Know this - the Interstate Compact

If you are a resident of one state and got a DUI in another state, know this - the Interstate Compact is a multi-state agreement between participating states to share information and reciprocate. It covers California administrative license suspension actions and DUI convictions in California.

If a holder of an out-of-state license has his or her driving privilege suspended or gets convicted of DUI in another state (California), the driver's home state can be notified. Your home state may honor and reciprocate - take action to suspend the driver's license of its resident.

If you do not have a California driver's license and even if you do not plan to ever drive again in California, it is critical to know that a suspension of your driving privilege in California may result in a suspension of your home state driver's license. No matter where you live, you probably want to avoid, if not at least minimize, any driver's license suspension action by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Qestions about how the Interstate Compact Act may apply in your case? Contact a DUI/DMV specialist in your state. States vary in their respective actions. For instance, Michigan will sanction a Michigan resident for a non-Michigan conviction. While Michigan has not enacted legislation specifically adopting the Compact; it has done so administratively and statutorily by allowing the Secretary of State to consider convictions from out of state.