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Do Points From a Speeding Ticket Conviction Transfer From New York to Connecticut?

Not in the conventional sense.  To better understand how your license will be affect, you need to understand the reciprocity agreement that New York has entered into.

There are 46 states that have signed onto the Driver’s License Compact agreement (DLC).  The DLC is an agreement among member states to maximize law enforcement efforts nationwide. The major provisions of the DLC, can be summarized in four bullet points:

  • The “one driver license” concept, which requires the surrender of an out-of-state driver’s license when application for a new license is made;
  • The “one driver record” concept, which requires that a complete driver record be maintained in the driver’s state of residence to determine driving eligibility in the home state, as well as for his non-residence operator’s privilege in other jurisdictions;
  • Reporting of all traffic convictions and license suspension/revocations of out-of-state drivers to the home state licensing agency, as well as other appropriate information; and
  • The assurance of uniform and predictable treatment of drivers by treating offenses committed in other states as though they have been committed in the home state.

What States belong to the DLC?

 

 

 

1. Alaska

2. Alabama

3. Arizona
4. Arkansas
5. California
6. Colorado
7. Connecticut
8. Delaware
9. District of Columbia

10. Florida

11. Hawaii

12. Idaho

13. Illinois

14. Indiana

15. Iowa

 

16. Kansas

17. Kentucky

18. Louisiana

19. Maine
20. Maryland
21. Minnesota
22. Mississippi
23. Missouri
24. Montana
25. Nebraska
26. Nevada
27. New Hampshire
28. New Jersey
29. New Mexico
30. New York

31. North Carolina

32. North Dakota

33. Ohio

34. Oklahoma
35. Oregon
36. Pennsylvania

37. Rhode Island

38. South Carolina

39. South Dakota

40. Texas

41. Utah
42. Vermont
43. Virginia
44. Washington

45. West Virginia

46. Wyoming

 



Interstate Driver License Compact Codified in New York:  The DLC s set forth in New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 516.   A brief portion of the statute is codified below:

§ 516. Driver license compact. 1. The driver license compact is hereby  enacted  into  law and entered into with all other jurisdictions joining  therein in the form substantially as follows:        

DRIVER LICENSE COMPACT
ARTICLE I
FINDINGS AND DECLARATION OF POLICY

(a) The party states find that:    (1) The safety of their streets and highways is materially affected by  the degree of compliance  with  state  and  local  laws  and  ordinances  relating to the operation of motor vehicles.    (2) Violation of such a law or ordinance is evidence that the violator  engages in conduct which is likely to endanger the safety of persons and  property.    (3)  The continuance in force of a license to drive is predicated upon  compliance with laws and ordinances relating to the operation  of  motor  vehicles, in whichever jurisdiction the vehicle is operated.    (b) It is the policy of each of the party states to:    (1)  Promote  compliance with the laws, ordinances, and administrative  rules and regulations relating to the operation  of  motor  vehicles  by  their  operators in each of the jurisdictions where such operators drive  motor vehicles.    (2)  Make  the  reciprocal  recognition  of  licenses  to  drive   and  eligibility  therefor more just and equitable by considering the overall  compliance with motor vehicle laws, ordinances and administrative  rules  and  regulations as a condition precedent to the continuance or issuance  of any license  by  reason  of  which  the  licensee  is  authorized  or  permitted to operate a motor vehicle in any of the party states.    

ARTICLE I
DEFINITIONS

As used in this compact:    (a)  "State"  means  a  state,  territory  or possession of the United  States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or  a  province of Canada.    (b) "Home state" means the state which has issued and has the power to  suspend  or  revoke  the use of the license or permit to operate a motor  vehicle.    (c) "Conviction" means a conviction of any offense related to the  use  or  operation  of  a  motor  vehicle  which  is prohibited by state law,  municipal  ordinance  or  administrative  rule  or  regulation,   or   a  forfeiture   of  bail,  bond  or  other  security  deposited  to  secure  appearance by a person charged with having committed any  such  offense,  and  which  conviction  or  forfeiture is required to be reported to the  licensing authority.                                

ARTICLE III
REPORTS OF CONVICTION

The licensing authority of a party state shall report each  conviction  of  a  person from another party state occurring within its jurisdiction  to the licensing authority of the  home  state  of  the  licensee.  Such  report  shall  clearly  identify  the  person  convicted;  describe  the  violation specifying the section  of  the  statute,  code  or  ordinance  violated; identify the court in which action was taken; indicate whether  a  plea  of  guilty  or  not guilty was entered, or the conviction was a  result of the forfeiture of bail, bond  or  other  security;  and  shall  include any special findings made in connection therewith.

ARTICLE IV
EFFECT OF CONVICTION

(a)  The  licensing  authority  in the home state, for the purposes of  suspension, revocation or limitation of the license to operate  a  motor  vehicle, shall give the same effect to the conduct reported, pursuant to  article III of this compact, as it would if such conduct had occurred in  the home state, in the case of convictions for:    (1) Manslaughter or negligent homicide resulting from the operation of  a motor vehicle;    (2)  Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating  liquor or a narcotic drug, or under the influence of any other drug to a  degree which renders the driver incapable  of  safely  driving  a  motor  vehicle;    (3) Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used;    (4)  Failure  to  stop  and render aid in the event of a motor vehicle  accident resulting in the death or personal injury of another.    (b) If the laws of a party  state  do  not  provide  for  offenses  or  violations  denominated  or described in precisely the words employed in  subdivision (a) of this article, such party  state  shall  construe  the  denominations  and  descriptions  appearing in subdivision (a) hereof as  being applicable to and identifying those offenses or  violations  of  a  substantially  similar  nature  and  the  laws of such party state shall  contain such provisions as may be necessary to ensure  that  full  force  and effect is given to this article.

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