Question: I was visiting Ohio when I received an OVI charge; what will happen to my out-of-state license?
Ohio (and 45 other states) are members of the Driver’s License Compact, an agreement wherein member States communicate the fact of a conviction for DUI to the “Home State”. The “Home State” then takes action against the licensee under its own laws. Forty-five States are currently members of the Interstate Compact. Michigan and Wisconsin are not part of the DLC. Under all but a few geographical exceptions, it will be impossible for an out of State resident to avoid serious consequences in their home state. Many out-of-state residents mistakenly assume that their license will remain valid in their home State even if they lose their right to drive in Ohio. Under the registry, (All 50 States) any State that suspends your license must input the suspension into the Registry’s computer databank. Every member State is required to check the registry’s databank whenever a person seeks to have his license renewed or applies for a new license, and are required to deny the license if there is an out of state suspension.
Due to our proximity to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, we have been dealing with out-of-state DUI issues for a long time. We are able to obtain driving privileges and avoid problems by aggressively fighting the DUI in Ohio. Often, a reckless operation or physical control violation will have far fewer ramifications on your “home state” license than a conviction for drunk driving. If you face the possibility of losing your license contact Dayton DUI lawyer Charles M. Rowland immediately at (937) 318-1DUI or 1-888-ROWLAND.