The Driver License Compact (DLC) is an agreement among states that obligates member jurisdictions to exchange information about an individual’s driving history. The primary purposes of the compact are:
- To promote compliance with the laws, ordinances, and administrative rules and regulations relating to the operation of motor vehicles in each of the member jurisdictions;
- To ensure that each driver in a member jurisdiction has only one legitimate driver’s license at a time; and,
- To ensure that the state that issues the driver’s license has a complete record of the individual’s past driving history.
I have an out-of-state driver's license but I plan to apply for a Maryland driver's license. Will the points and information about my driving related convictions be transferred to my Maryland driver record?
In accordance with the Driver License Compact, the MVA will request your driver record from the other state and review it for any convictions. For many types of violations, the MVA will only record the conviction information on your Maryland driver record and will not assess points.
For more information read the Driver’s License Compact, which has been incorporated into Maryland Law.
I have a Maryland driver's license and was recently convicted of a vehicle related offense in another state. Will that conviction information and points be placed on my Maryland driver record?
If you received a conviction out-of-state, that state is obligated under the terms of the Driver License Compact (DLC) to notify the MVA. Upon receipt of the information, the MVA will update your driver record.
For many types of violations, the MVA will only record the conviction information on your Maryland driver record and will not assess points. However, if you have been convicted of one of the serious violations identified in Article IV of the Driver’s License Compact, the MVA will record both the conviction information and the points associated with it. The number of points assessed is equal to the number that would have been assessed if the conviction occurred in Maryland.
The MVA may also take other actions such as suspending or revoking your license, in accordance with Maryland law. For more information read the Driver’s License Compact, which has been incorporated into Maryland Law.
- There is no fee involved in this process.
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Glen Burnie, MD 21062
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