Can driving violations from out-of-state be reported to your home state?

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a member of the Driver License Compact. The Compact is an agreement among some of the states of the United States to engage in mutual enforcement of penalties for serious driving violations. Thirty-nine states have signed the Compact, including Pennsylvania. The 11 states that have not signed are Alaska, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

The Compact requires state motor vehicle authorities to report each serious motor vehicle conviction of a person from another party state to the person’s home state. The Compact further obliges a home state to treat such convictions the same as similar conduct occurring within that home state. The Compact only requires reporting and imposition of sanctions among states that have signed the Compact.
Pennsylvania entered into the Compact by legislative action on December 10, 1996. For any offenses that occurred before December 10, 1996, Pennsylvania cannot impose sanctions pursuant to the Compact. Only out-of-state driving offenses that occurred after the effective date of the legislature’s statute can serve as a basis for sanctions or license suspension in Pennsylvania.

If you are a Pennsylvania resident and you are cited for a serious traffic offense in another state that is a member of the Compact, you may face license suspension or revocation, or driving privilege limitations here in Pennsylvania. If your offense occurs in a state that is not a member of the Compact, you may be able to avoid punishment in your home state.