Is it possible for me to get a driver's license in another state? 37 Answers as of July 02, 2013

I am still waiting for the court's verdict to my second DUI and my license is still valid until the court revokes it. Can I get a license in another state?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
I'd recommend you retain a lawyer to help you or you ask the court for legal counsel.You have a right to counsel. Don't be afraid to exercise that right. The answer is probably not, assuming they have reciprocity with the state of Michigan, but it depends on that state's licensing procedures.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/21/2012
Robert Mortland
Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
You can try. However, you may not be able to get a license until you complete a DUI class.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/26/2012
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
As long as you have a valid license you should be eligible to get one in another state, as long as your residency qualifies you to get one there.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 3/23/2012
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
You are probably allowed to get a driver's license in another state at this time. However, if the State of Alabama suspends your driving privileges due to a DUI conviction the state where you receive the new driver's license must also suspend your driving privileges for the duration of the suspension period.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 3/22/2012
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Maybe but if and when you get your conviction then the other state should suspend or revoke your license.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 3/22/2012
    The Short Law Group, P.C.
    The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
    Most all states nowadays are part of the 'Interstate Compact' for driver's licenses. This means that a suspension in one state is likely to be in the system and disseminated to every other state. Most every state will also not give a license to an individual suspended in any other state, thus under Oregon's rules the only way to drive is to get an Oregon Hardship/Probationary Permit, if you qualify. Talk with an experienced Oregon DUI Lawyer about getting an valid Permit.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 3/22/2012
    Dungan, Lady, Kirkpatrick & Dungan PLLC | Michael Dungan
    You should still be able to get a license in another state before your Michigan driving privileges are revoked for one year after the second DUI conviction. However, when it comes time to renew your out of state license, and the Michigan revocation shows up, the other state will refuse to renew your license until you clean up Michigan first. In all likelihood, this would be only temporary reprieve for you. At some point, if you want a good, legal driver's license, you will have to go through the process to clear the Michigan revocation.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    If you live in another state and your license is in good standing in Texas then you can get a license in the other state. However, once you are suspended in Texas, they will notify the other state IF they know you have a license there.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    The states have a common information system. If you have a conviction for a DUI in one state it will show up on this information system and you would not get a license in that state.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache | Stephanie Arrache
    The DMV has likely placed a hold on it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/2/2013
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    I believe that all states are now linked by computer. You will likely not be licensed in a new state until you have "cleared" the revocation from the first state. If you are able to get a license in State #2 because you have not yet been revoked in State #1, it is likely that it will be revoked shortly after the revocation in State #1. Occasionally, information is not properly entered in State #1 but it is not something you can count on.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    If your license is not revoked it is possible to get a driver's license in another state if you actually relocate to another state. If you are convicted of dui and your license or privilege to drive in Nevada is revoked, you cannot use a driver's license from another state to drive in Nevada. If the other state is notified of your privilege to drive in Nevada has been revoked, the other state could revoke your license based upon the conviction in Nevada.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    You can apply for a license in another state, but if you get convicted the could will revoke your license for at least a year. We may be able to get you an interlock so you can continue to drive.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC | Patrick E. Donovan
    I suspect that your license is under suspension administratively, unless you won the ALS hearing. If your license is still valid and not under suspension, theoretically you could apply for a license in another state, but read and review the application closely. Some State ask if your license is either under suspension or pending a court or administrative hearing. If you lie on that application, it is a crime.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein | Neal L. Weinstein
    Yes, depending upon the state, as long as you are not suspended at the time.
    Answer Applies to: Maine
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    You can attempt to get your driver's license in another state. However, if you lose your license in NH for DWI, 2nd offense, the other state will receive notice of the suspension and reciprocate the suspension - in other words, suspend your license in that state until your reinstate in NH.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Sure. If you move there.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    Good question - the answer is maybe. Other states' DMVs often do not know what the California DMV knows. The farther away the state, the better (generally Arizona and Nevada are too close.)
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    Probably not. The states share driver's license information electronically. So any attempt to get a license in another state will probably be red-flagged due to your pending DUI charge in Georgia.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    In WV, the court does not revoke your license, the DMV does. As long as your license is currently valid, then if you move to another state and establish residency, then yes, you can obtain a license.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC | Anthony Overton Van Johnson
    If you apply for a license in another state, they will either require you to surrender your Georgia driver's license or they will verify your license status with Georgia. If Georgia reports that your license is suspended, the other state will not likely issue a license to you without a clearance letter from Georgia.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC | Thomas A. Medford, Jr.
    If you have at least one prior DUI conviction and do not reveal that fact when applying for a license in another state you could be charged with making a false statement and could be subject to criminal penalties.
    Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    Most states have a reciprocal contract to revoke your privilege to drive there as well as the state of conviction. Even if you were to get a license in another state, your privilege to drive in your home state will be revoked.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    If you are convicted of a DUI and your license is revoked, the answer is NO... not until your license is eligible for reinstatement in Washington.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Probably not, because there is amity among the states, and you will be asked in the new state if your license has ever been revoked or suspended, and the status of it now, if you lie, you face perjury charges, and will end up doing pen time for that.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
    Not likely, since most of them communicate with each other now. But you can try. The problem is when you make an application and they ask you if you've ever had a DWI in another state, if you answer "NO" and they check and find it, then that would be another crime separate and distinct from the DWI. I don't think it's worth it. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin | Harold L. Wallin
    While your license is still valid, you can probably get a license in another state, if you reside there. However, if you are convicted and revoked in Illinois for the pending DUI, your new license will get cancelled.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    If you qualify for a license in another state by their rules you might be able to.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    So long as you currently have a valid license, you could move to another state and apply for a license there. However, it will become invalid and suspended/revoked as soon as any other state issues a suspension or revocation. You would be guilty of criminal fraud if you apply in another state without being a resident there. There is no such thing as mail order licenses. Even if you obtained one from another state before your CA suspension is ordered, if you get caught driving, here or in any other state after your license is suspended, you would be charged with misdemeanor driving on suspended. Of course you can fight the criminal charges if you haven't already pled or been convicted.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Sure you can get a license in another state. When your license is suspended here in GA, the other will probably also be suspended. IF it is not suspended, how are you going to get around the requirement to have your license changed to a GA license within 30 days of your residing in GA. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Chances are your license is already suspended from a separate proceeding at the DMV. So, if the other state you are thinking of is connected to California's DMV, then they already know about it and the answer is no.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    What do you mean that you are "waiting for the court's verdict"? Did you take a case to trial and are awaiting a decision?
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/2/2013
    LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com
    LeadfootSpeedingTicket.com | Andrea Storey Rogers
    No, because all states share information with each other about drivers and traffic convictions. Before granting you a license, the other state would look at your record and would see the pending Missouri DUI revocation. If your license is revoked or suspended in Missouri, it's also suspended or revoked in every other state. It is possible to move to Colorado and establish residency, hire an attorney, have a hearing, and possibly get a judge there to give you a driver's license. But if you did that and then moved back to Missouri, your license would still be revoked in Missouri until the revocation period was completed.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    As long as you license is valid here then no other State should take your license, barring you did nothing in that State.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    The Law Offices of Jaime Cowan
    The Law Offices of Jaime Cowan | Jaime Cowan
    No. If it gets revoked here it will be that way in every other state.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/20/2012
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