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Interstate Driver's License Compact

The Driver's License Compact, often referred to as the Interstate Driver's License Compact, is basically an agreement between each of the 45 member states including the District of Columbia to exchange information regarding certain traffic violations including DUIDWI offenses and vehicular manslaughter with each of the member states.

For example if you are arrested for DUI in the state of Colorado, but you live in Arizona, the state of Colorado will inform the state of Arizona of the DUI offense and Arizona will treat the DUI arrest as if it happened in the state of Arizona.

In its most basic form, the Driver's License Compact basically says that an individual has only one driver's license record or driving record.

Originally the Driver's License Compact only dealt with serious offenses, such as drunk driving, but now any traffic violation that happens in a non-resident state will be reported back to the driver’s state of residence. So if someone is stopped for speeding in the state of Florida, but they live in Texas the violation and the points will be assessed to their Texas driver’s license.

Not every driving offense will transfer back to a driver’s home state. For instance a careless driving offense in one state may not transfer back to the driver’s home state if that state does not have a statute for such an offense. Therefore no action will be taken by the driver’s home state regarding such an offense.

The Driver's License Compact was formed in 1961 with the state of Nevada becoming the first member state. A total of 27 states joined the Driver License Compact during the 1960’s. During the 1970’s only 3 states joined and another 9 in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s another 6 states joined and the state of Tennessee dropped out of the Driver License Compact in 1997.

Bringing the total number of Driver's License Compact member states to its current number of 45, including the District of Columbia. The last state to join the Driver License Compact was Kentucky in 1996.

Driver's License Compact Member States

State Year Joined State Year Joined State Year Joined
Alabama
1966
Louisiana
1968
Oklahoma 1967
Alaska
1986
Maine
1963
Oregon 1963
Arizona
1963
Maryland
1978
Pennsylvania 1994
Arkansas
1969
Minnesota
1985
Rhode Island 1987
California
1963
Mississippi
1962
South Carolina 1987
Colorado
1965
Missouri
1985
South Dakota 1987
Connecticut
1993
Montana
1963
Texas 1993
Delaware
1964
Nebraska 1963 Utah 1965
Florida
1967
Nevada 1961 Vermont 1987
Hawaii
1971
New Hampshire 1986 Virginia 1963
Idaho
1963
New Jersey 1966 Washington 1963
Illinois
1963
New Mexico 1963 West Virginia 1972
Indiana
1967
New York 1965 Wyoming 1987
Iowa
1965
North Carolina 1993    
Kansas
1965
North Dakota 1986    
Kentucky
1996
Ohio 1987    

The five states that are not members of the Driver License Compact are: GeorgiaMassachusetts,MichiganTennessee and Wisconsin

The Driver's License Compact is no longer being pushed and will be replaced by the DLA or Driver's License Agreement over time. There are currently three states that are members of the DLA: Connecticut, Arkansas and Massachusetts.

The Driver License Agreement imposes much tougher fines and penalties against drivers that commit violations covered under the DLA. For example a person driving through a DLA member state that gets stopped for illegally tinted windows, i.e. the window tint is darker than that state allows, but the window tint meets the drivers home state laws for window tinting.

The driver will face fines and penalties from the state where the violation occurred and will have to remove the window tint from the vehicle when the driver returns to their home state to meet the state laws where the violation occurred even though the driver has left the state where the violation occurred.