About the Driver License Agreement
The Driver License Agreement (DLA) has been written by the American Association
of Motor Vehicle Administrators AAMVA
as a direct replacement of the Driver
License Compact (DLC) and the
Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC).
The DLA document is found here.
The DLA is much more draconian than both the DLC and NRVC. A few differences
is the NRVC prevents license suspensions for certain violations like
registration, weight, and parking. The DLA has no limitations. The DLA
also requires that all violations both moving and non-moving must be
placed on a driver's record regardless if the given state has a statute
or not. A good example is an Indiana driver gets convicted of a Radar
Detector violation in Virginia. Under DLC rules, no action by Indiana
is taken where as under DLA rules, Indiana must put the violation on
record with possible points.
The DLA will be liberally interpreted to where the driver gets the full
force and effect for committing a violation in a different state
even if the driver's state has no statute. An example is an Indiana
driver gets convicted for "careless driving" in Michigan. Indiana has
no such offense. Under DLC rules, no action is taken, under DLA rules,
Indiana must take action such as treating the "careless driving"
conviction as "reckless driving" with points assessed accordingly.
Any state that joins the DLA will be required to treat any traffic
offense reported to that state even if the state is not a member of
the DLA as if the ticket was from a DLA member state.
With the DLA, member states are required to have their driver's license
databases open to other member and non-member states. All personal
information is accessible including personal information such as Social
Security Numbers. This will lead to more identity theft.
Lastly, the DLA expands who can be members. The Provinces of Canada
and the States of Mexico are included in the DLA. What this means that
a driver from a DLA state will be punished for any traffic violation
from anywhere within North America whether it is in Cancun, Mexico or
Whitehorse, Yukon or St. Johns, Newfoundland when the driver gets home.
There are no due process rights
There is a possibility that other countries can get in on this. The
AAMVA is working on licensing reciprocal agreements with the EU
countries. Right now, traffic violations are not mentioned but would
follow. A ticket in France can cause you problems when you get home
to a state like Ohio with points if they are invited to participate
one day and it will come sooner than you think.
The DLA is very harsh compared to the DLC/NRVC. There has been legislation
sponsored in a few states to join the DLA such as Kentucky, Minnesota and
Wisconsin. In addition, a few memberof Congress have legislation to
force states to join the DLA through Federal Law. HR418 - The Real ID Act
of 2005 by F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
Member States :
Exceptions & Notes:
According to the DLA document, no exceptions will not be allowed
except for extrenous circumstances. The maximum that exceptions are
allowed for are 5 years and they require executve board approval
If an exception is rejected by the executive board, then the state
will be required to comply fully
The DLA will supercede any state law that is contrary to it
Connecticut includes recognizing vehicle registration suspension/revokation
from other jurisdictions which could be used to cover out of state parking
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Last Updated : Sep 7, 2005
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