At our Broward County traffic ticket law firm, clients often ask if it matters when they get a ticket outside of Florida. The short answer is yes. That unpaid traffic ticket from your trip to the Grand Canyon could complicate the process of renewing your Florida driver’s license. However, it’s a bit more complicated than that.
There are three major databases that track information on your driver’s license. There’s the National Driver Register (NDR, also called the Problem Driver Pointer System), which monitors drivers who have had their licenses revoked or suspended. It also lists drivers who’ve been convicted of serious traffic violations like driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. There’s no guarantee that your license application will get denied simply because you’re on this list, but it’s the not the kind of company you want to keep.
That traffic ticket would actually follow you across state lines through the Driver License Compact (DLC) and the Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC). Basically, the DLC makes a traffic violation in another state the equivalent of a violation here in Florida. With a few exceptions, if you fail to pay a traffic ticket from another state, your home state can suspend your license until you resolve the issue.
Source: Do Speeding Tickets Follow You From State To State?, AOL Autos, February 16, 2010
Contact a South Florida traffic attorney if you have questions about a traffic citation or other issue.