Out of State Issues

National Driver Register & Out of State Revocations

Clearing a NH Suspension Triggered by a Mass. Event

When an incident in Massachusetts causes the loss of your New Hampshire driver’s license or operating privileges, you are usually provided with 30 days within which to resolve the matter, before the indefinite New Hampshire suspension / revocation takes effect. You can prevent the loss of your driver’s license by clearing the out of state requirements and presenting the notification of reinstatement from the Mass. DOT to the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles prior to the effective date of…

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New York Ignition Interlock Requirements

The New York Ignition Interlock Device Law, known as “Leandra’s Law,” became effective on August 15, 2010. This followed the interlock requirements of Melanie’s Law in Massachusetts, which became effective on January 1, 2006. Leandra’s Law, like Melanie’s Law, was enacted to enhance public safety by increasing the penalties for drunk driving. The NY IID Law requires anyone convicted of misdemeanor or felony DWI offenses under New York VTL §1192(2), (2-a) or (3), install and maintain an approved ignition interlock…

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Alcohol Program Completion Certificates in NH DUI Cases

If you are a Massachusetts resident or driver and you are convicted of driving under the influence in the State of New Hampshire, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles will suspend your driver’s license as a result of the NH DUI conviction. Once you have served the required suspension time and you are clear with the Department of Motor Vehicles in New Hampshire, you can be considered for a Massachusetts Hardship License. However, in order to be considered for a…

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Connecticut DUI Triggers Massachusetts Suspension

Being a Massachusetts Resident or License holder and being charged with operating under the influence (OUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) in another state can expose the unlucky motorist to license suspension consequences in both the state where the DUI occurred and in Massachusetts. This is because the interstate compact requires motor vehicle departments across the country to notify the DMV in a driver’s home state whenever the driver is convicted of DUI or a “like offense,” meaning anything substantially…

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The Pennsylvania ARD Program & Mass. DUI Cases

The State of Pennsylvania has an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program for those who are arrested for a first offense DUI.  One of the purposes of this DUI program is to allow qualified first offenders the ability to earn a “clean record” upon program completion. Participation in the program is not automatic and it is up to the District Attorney’s Office to agree to the ARD program. When DUI charges are dismissed after a drunk driving defendant completes the Pennsylvania…

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NDR Matches Cause Major Headaches for Mass. Drivers

I just received an e-mail from a Massachusetts Resident who has never set foot in sunny California. Nevertheless, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has caused his driver’s license to be revoked here in Massachusetts. This happened through the National Driver Register, which is a nationwide computer system which state motor vehicle departments use to communicate with each other. His license status in Massachusetts is listed as Revoked – NDR Violation – W00, California and the alleged violation date…

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Clearing National Driver Register Revocations

The National Driver Register (NDR) is administered and overseen by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The purpose of this system is to remove dangerous drivers from the roadways by sharing certain information between states. The law governing the NDR requires state driver licensing officials, such as the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, to submit data on drivers whose privilege to operate a motor vehicle has been denied, suspended or revoked for cause,…

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Maine DUI Suspensions

If you are a Massachusetts resident who commits the crime of Operating Under the Influence of Liquor in the State of Maine, you will have to deal with both the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to get your driver’s license reinstated. The State of Maine will suspend your right to operate of your BAC is at or above .08. Also, like Massachusetts, Maine will immediately suspend your right to drive if you refuse…

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Arrest Warrants and License Suspensions

If you fail to appear in court in Massachusetts when you are required to do so, a judge may issue a warrants for your arrest. When this happens, the Clerk-Magistrate’s Office will notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the RMV will automatically suspend your driver’s license and/or right to operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts. Once this happens, you will not be able to get your driver’s license or right to operate reinstated until the arrest warrant is recalled…

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Massachusetts Consequences for Out of State DUI

If you are the holder of a Massachusetts Driver’s License or you are a resident of Massachusetts, an out of state DUI or DWAI conviction will result in the suspension of your Massachusetts license. This is because General Laws c. 90, § 22(c), requires the Mass. Registrar of Motor Vehicles to give the same effect to out-of-state motor vehicle violations as if they had occurred in Massachusetts for the purpose of license revocation and suspension. The combination of the Massachusetts…

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