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Can your license be suspended for an out-of-state DUI?

Whether you are out of state visiting relatives, on vacation or on business, it can be tempting to get a little tipsy and risk the drive when you are not dealing with your home state's laws or state police. If you are pulled over for driving under the influence, you think it may not matter if your license is suspended or revoked in that state because your license was issued in Massachusetts. But what happens when you get back to Massachusetts and find you still cannot drive?

That is correct - Massachusetts law regarding out-of-state suspension and revocation requires that your license remain indefinitely suspended until you resolve the issue in the state where you received the citation. Any infractions are reported to the National Driver Register, meaning that your tickets in Texas end up on your record in the Massachusetts RMV. The state of Massachusetts gives you 30 days to resolve the issue, during which time your license is suspended and cannot be reinstated until you attain reinstatement in the state where you received the citation.

Even if your license is not suspended in the outside state, you may still face a license suspension for a violation in the other state if that violation merits punishment by suspension in Massachusetts. All suspensions require presentation of a Clearance Letter or current driving record, but DUI suspensions have even more stringent requirements. DUI offenses require you submit a certified driving record, letter of reinstatement and court abstracts to a Hearings Officer.

This post is only for informational reference and does not stand in for qualified legal counsel.

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