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Will a license suspension follow one across states if they move?

A person could have their driver's license revoked for a number of reasons. Drunk driving, a hit-and-run or assault are all reasons why a person might lose their license. Losing one's license to drive in Nevada can make everyday life difficult. People do not always have access to reliable public transportation so when they lose their driver's license they may find it difficult to go to work, run necessary errands or simply have the ability to visit friends, go out to eat or do something else for social or entertainment purposes.

Sometimes, too, during the time period in which a person's driver's license is revoked in state A, that person might move to state B. In that situation, will the revocation follow them? That is, will they be allowed to get a driver's license in state B, even if their license in state A has been revoked?

In situations like this, the "Driver License Compact," which is an interstate agreement that allows states to transfer information on drivers' infractions and revocations, may apply. Per this law, most traffic infractions, including a driver's license revocation, are treated as if they took place in any other state. So, if a person's license is revoked in state A, it will probably still be revoked in state B. This means that a person in such a situation would not be able to obtain a new license in state B.

Of course, there are always exceptions. Several states are not members of the DLC so, in certain circumstances, a person with a revoked license in state A might be able to obtain a driver's license in state B. Whether a traffic offense is recognized under a non-member state's laws can also affect one's driving record.

In the end, though, what is important is that a person whose license has been revoked ultimately has their license to drive reinstated, so they can get their lives back on track. A criminal defense attorney may be of assistance in such efforts, as they can explain the law and how it will apply to the facts of their client's cases. This way, their clients can make informed decisions.

Source: FindLaw, "What Happens if I Have a Valid License In One State, But it Gets Revoked in Another State?," Accessed Dec. 4, 2017

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