One of the first questions people often ask when they receive an out-of-state traffic ticket is what impact it will have on their driving record in their home state. Georgia is an interesting case, since it is one of only five states that is not part of the Driver License Compact (DLC).
The DLC is an agreement among most of the states in the country, including Virginia, which requires each member state to report traffic convictions to the state where the driver is licensed. The driver’s own state will then determine whether the conviction will be placed on their driving record and what points will be assessed for the violation. While Georgia is not a part of the DLC, it is a member of the Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC), along with Virginia. While the DLC is more of an information-sharing agreement, the NRVC is an enforcement mechanism that requires member states to suspend the license of drivers who fail to address out-of-state tickets. In addition to the NRVC, Virginia and Georgia also regularly share information based on informal agreements between the two.
Essentially, what that means is that while Virginia and Georgia are not required to share information about traffic violations until a ticket is past due, any infractions will likely be reported between the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the Georgia Department of Driver Services. That means that your Virginia speeding ticket or Reckless Driving conviction will likely impact both your Georgia driving record and your insurance.
The good news is, there are almost always options to achieve a more favorable outcome and the attorneys at The Weiland Firm can help. Contact us today for a free consultation: 804-355-8037.