Is it possible to get an out of state license after a DUI? 51 Answers as of July 09, 2013

I recently got a DUI while I am in the process of moving away from home. Is it possible for me to obtain a new license at my new residence?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
Most states honor the reciprocal driving records of residents who move between states. If your license is suspended in Michigan, most states will honor that suspension and refuse to grant the person a new license. However, there are some occasional exceptions. I'd recommend you clear up any license issues you have in Michigan first prior to trying to obtain a new license in another state. If you provide false or misleading information in a way to try to get around this issue, you may be charged with a criminal offense.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/31/2011
Law Office of Ernest T. Biando, LLC | Ernest Biando
Depends on the state-contact the states registry.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 7/9/2013
Law Offices of Phil Hache
Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
Generally speaking, your DMV record will be shared between the California DMV and most other states in the U.S. through what is called a "Compact." If your license is suspended because of a DUI in California, then another state should be aware of that and refuse to issue you a license until you satisfy the DMV in California to lift the suspension. It is possible that the state you are moving to will not have updated DMV records. But even if they did issue you an out of state license, if they later find out about the CA license suspension, they could suspend your newly issued license which can lead to potential future issues (i.e. driving on a suspended license). Your best bet is to resolve the DUI issue out here. An attorney can assist you with that.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/26/2011
Andersen Law PLLC
Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
That would depend on whether your new state is party to the interstate compact on drivers' licenses. If it is, your license status would be suspended in this state and the new state. If you fail to resolve the DUI in this state, the court will issue an arrest warrant and bring you back to deal with your charges so you will want to resolve the DUI before you leave.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/25/2011
A.L.A. Law Group, LLP
A.L.A. Law Group, LLP | Lauren M. Mayfield
It will depend on what the requirements for a license in the state you moving to. The Department of Motor Vehicles will have your driving record reflecting a DUI in another state so it will show up. If the state you are moving to won't let you get a license with a DUI on your record you will have to find out the procedure for obtaining a restricted license or a regular license after the suspension period is up.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
    It is normally possible to get a license in another state when moving there, even after a California DUI, as long as your California license is valid (not suspended ). However all states differ and so it is best to contact the DMV equivalent in that state.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
    That would be up to your new state of residence.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 6/11/2013
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC | Thomas A. Medford, Jr.
    If you will be living in the same state you can amend it to reflect the new address but you will not get a whole new license.
    Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    Thank you for your inquiry Most states require that you clear up the Michigan matter before they will give you the out-state license I hope that this was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If the new state has comity with Illinois, I fear you will not be able to get a license there, unless you go through the hearing process here to remove the revocation on your Illinois license.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Yes. It all depends on the exact disposition of your case.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Grasso Law Group
    Grasso Law Group | Charles Grasso, Esq.
    It's not likely that another state will issue you a license while your current license is suspended. There is a national registry that is used by the DMV to flag things like suspended licenses, so when you apply for your new license you will likely be denied. You should try to clear the suspension or wait until the suspension period is over before trying to get a new license.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    If you leave the state before final resolution then it is doubtful that you will be able to obtain a license from the state you move to. The states have now become very well networked.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Usually when a person applies for a drivers license in the new state, they will check with the prior state to get a current license status check. If you are suspended in the old state, usually the new state will not grant you a license until you resolve the problems in the old state and get your license status cleared.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    You should not be able to get an out of state license with a California DUI. However, there are lots of people that have to do their job right to make this happen. You can try.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law
    Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law | Glenn M. Sowa
    Yes you may obtain an out of state license, depending on the disposition of the Illinois DUI. Most states ask if you have ever been convicted in another state for DUI, Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Homicide, etc. If you received court supervision for the DUI and were terminated satisfactorily, you were not convicted. If you lie on the application for a license, it is possible you could be prosecuted for perjury.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    The new state will most likely look at your driving record from Michigan prior to issuing a license. Whether you can get a license or not will depend on the rules in the new state.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Yes, but if your CA license is suspended, all states share their records on DOJ database, so all convictions, arrests, suspensions, etc., are available to them, and you would have to serve out the term of suspension before getting a license in any other state.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Subin
    Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
    Depends on the two states involved. You might as well try.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Anderson Walsh PLLC
    Anderson Walsh PLLC | STACI LYNN ANDERSON
    It is, indeed, possible to get a license in another state after a DUI. However, you will still have to pay the reinstatement fee(s) in the state you leave. If you are suspended in one state, you are suspended in all states. So though you have a valid license in say, Washington, but your are suspended in Idaho, you can still be charged with another misdemeanor crime Driving Without Privileges. So be sure to check with the state you leave to find out what you have to pay and what forms you have to fill out to get your privilege to drive reinstated. Idahos Department of Transportation number is (208) 334-8000.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    It depends on the laws of the state you are moving to. If your Michigan license is suspended or revoked, most states will not grant you a license until you take care if your license status in Michigan.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Martin Law Offices, PLLC
    Martin Law Offices, PLLC | Matthew T. Martin
    It is possible but you need to be eligible in the home state. The Driver License Compact (DLC) is an interstate compact used by States of the United States to exchange information concerning license suspensions and traffic violations of non-residents and forward them to the state where they are licensed known as the home state. Minnesota belongs to the Interstate Driver's License Compact. The following are non-compact states: Wisconsin, Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts and Michigan and should not share DUI conviction information.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Russman Law
    Russman Law | Ryan Russman
    It may a possible to obtain a new out of state drivers license if your license and your home state is currently under suspension for DWI. In most instances your home state all set a series of requirements for you to meet before your license privileges are reinstated. The new state to which you are traveling to will most likely require that your current home state privileges be valid. Be careful when filling out a new application for a driver's license in the new state as they will most likely ask if your privileges in your home state are valid. If you lie on the application you could be putting yourself in jeopardy of facing new charges.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    Talk to the DMV in the state in which you are applying
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC | Jeffery A. Cojocar
    That would be governed by the other state's laws.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C.
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C. | Michael Morgan
    Ye, but most states will impose the same restrictions on your license as Washington state will with a DUI.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    If your driver's license is suspended in your home state, you will not be allowed to obtain a license in any other state.Your license would have to be valid for Alabama to issue you a license.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Shane Law Office
    Shane Law Office | Robert J. Shane
    Yes it is possible to obtain an out of state driver's license after a Minnesota DWI conviction. The problem is that you will need to first reinstate your driving privileges here in Minnesota. The reinstatement process includes waiting for the expiration of the license revocation period, taking a written DWI knowledge test, and paying a reinstatement fee. After your license has been reinstated here in Minnesota, you will be eligible for a "clearance letter" from the Commissioner of Public Safety. The letter must be submitted with your application for an out of state license. After these steps, you should be good to drive.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    That will be up the criteria of the new state. They will have access to your driving record and they will make the determination based upon their own criteria. You can contact the DMV in that state to inquire further.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Yes as long as you have no pending suspensions you can obtain a license. Normally they will require you to be eligible for reinstatement in the state where you received the DUI.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Yes But it will depend on the State.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers
    Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers | Andrew D. Myers
    Bad idea. If your license is under suspension or revocation in state A for DUI and then you go to state B to get a license, often states require you to sign a verification that your license is not suspended or revoked anywhere else. So, once the computers catch up to you, you'll face the fraud charge in addition to anything else in state B. Deal with the DUI in state A. I know this is not the answer you wanted. But, you asked.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz | Joseph A. Katz
    To Whom It May Concern: Of course it is. It also depends upon the state. Requirements and penalties vary. You did not list the state. I suggest you conduct a bit of Internet research on your own, or call an experienced DUI Attorney in your new jurisdiction.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Yes, because not all states are linked. But, one day they will catch it, and when they do, the new state you live in will still suspend your license, and they won't lift it until your California obligations are satisfied. But again, you may still be able to apply for an out of state license "right now" before the two states are linked up DMV-wise.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    You will have to check with the individual state. You certainly will be revoked in MN until you are reinstated. Please call me to discuss this further.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law | Michael Maltby
    You should be able to get a license. It depends on the state and whether your license suspension in Washington is over.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen | Robert L. Driessen
    No not until you get a valid license in California.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    It depends upon what you mean? If you were already found guilty of the DUI or plead guilty you would have had to complete an alcohol school and would have likely had your license suspended. The DMV likely would require you to do a DUI class before you can get your license back. However, if you do not intend to return to California during the next 3 years, you can retain a lawyer and our law firm can contact the DMV and you can sign a form agreeing not to drive in California you may then be able to get your license in the new state.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Offices of Sean Logue
    Law Offices of Sean Logue | Sean Logue
    Possibly. You should hire an attorney to research the issue.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Michael J. Gardiner, Attorney at Law | Michael Gardiner
    Sure, but if you are found to be DUI as charged and haven't completed your sentence,eventually the licensing state will suspend youuntilyou fulfill youobligationsin the DUI state.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    If the state you move to has an agreement with New York you cannot get a license there. If the court orders that you not apply for a license in another state then you cannot apply. Your privilege to drive has been suspended or revoked and I do not have enough information to advise you as to your options. Ask the attorney who handled the case if you can apply and where.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    Yes but if your license is suspended from the DUI, the new state will likely honor that suspension and not issue a license until your WA license is reinstated.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    Not if your license is suspended as a result of the DUI
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    Yes, but many states require that you answer a question about prior, current or active DUI charges. If you lie, some states may consider it a felony, but at least a really good reason why you should not get a license. Be careful what you attest to.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    If the other state you become a resident of is willing to give you a license then maybe. But normally another state will not license you if your license is revoked in another state.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    San Diego DUI Law Center
    San Diego DUI Law Center | Rick Mueller
    Depends on state. Here's the Interstate reporting problem
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/24/2011
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    It depends on the State. Many states have reciprocity, which means that if you aren't valid to drive in one state, you can't drive in another. It varies from state to state however, so contact the Dept. of Motor Vehicles in the state you are moving to to determine if you are eligible.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/24/2011
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