Non-Resident Violator Compact
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Motorists cited for violations in a state that is not a member of the NRVC must post bail before being allowed to proceed.
When a motorist is cited in another member state and chooses not to respond to the ticket (such as not paying it), the other state notifies the driver's home state and the home state will suspend the driver's license until the driver takes care of the matter in the other state.
There are certain offenses where the Non-Resident Violator Compact does not apply. Those offenses are registration, weight limit, and parking. Some states will not take action on offenses like vehicle equipment and vehicle inspection if their driver has ignored an out of state citation of those offenses. Out of state moving violations are the focus of the compact and there will be no differences in focus under the Driver License Agreement.
The Non-Resident Violator Compact came into existence in the 1970s, originating from the northeastern states.
The Non-Resident Violator Compact is being superseded by the new Driver License Agreement (DLA) which also replaces the Driver License Compact. As planned by the DLC-NRVC Executive Board, when the Driver License Agreement is ratified by Non-Resident Violator Compact members, it will no longer be relevant.
States that are members
- All states plus the District of Columbia are members except Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, California, Montana, Oregon, and Alaska.
- Most states where a citation is issued will suspend your license in that state while you maintain the right to drive in your home state that is not a member of the NRVC
- Most states will also issue a warrant for your arrest as well as sending the suspension request to your home state.
- If you are traveling through NRVC member states, and you are licensed in one of the non-member states, it may be a good idea to carry enough cash to pay bond for any traffic violations you are stopped for and required to pay before leaving.
- Being required to pay bond roadside is NOT a plea of guilt. You may appear in court on the date indicated on your citation, and if found not-guilty, should have the bond refunded.