Drunk Driving in Kentucky - Can I drive in a new state?Recently a driver asked on our drunk driving forum why their license in their new home state of New Jersey could still be suspended if they had completed all of the suspension requirements in their old state of Kentucky and had a right to drive.
This is a great question and what most drivers do not realize is that most states share information through an agreement called the Interstate Driver's License Compact. Under this agreement, the 45 participating states share information on a variety of convictions, including a drunk driving conviction. What does this mean for this driver? It means that their Kentucky DUI will be reported to their new state of New Jersey. Now, as this driver found out, the penalties imposed by the states for a first time DUI conviction varies. If you have completed the suspension requirements in Kentucky and move to another state, the new state may not consider you eligible to drive until you have completed additional requirements. Keep in mind, Alaska, California, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, and Wisconsin are the only non-compact states and don't share Drunk Driving conviction information without other states.