Pennsylvania is one of 46 states participating in the Driver’s License Compact (DLC), an agreement whereby member states commit to uphold and enforce its terms to further the pursuit of a single system for driving records and driver’s licenses. This allows motorists to only have one driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle legally in every state.
Pennsylvania joined the DLC on January 1, 1995. Its membership in the compact was adopted into Pennsylvania law on December 10, 1996.
Pennsylvania-licensed drivers who commit a driving offense in another state may have their driving privileges suspended in Pennsylvania, as well as the state where the offense was committed.
Pennsylvania is bound to uphold and enforce the following major provisions of the DLC:
The following offenses, if committed in a member state, will be treated as though the offense had occurred in Pennsylvania and the appropriate sanction will be imposed under the applicable provisions of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. While some states may impose a term of suspension which is less than or greater than that of Pennsylvania, PennDOT will impose the suspension term according to the provisions of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.:
Minor traffic offenses such as speeding, red light, stop sign, etc. will be reported to PennDOT, but not appear on a driving record, unless the individual is a holder of a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Points are not assessed to a Pennsylvania driving record when a Pennsylvania driver is convicted of a point related offense in a DLC member state.
If a Pennsylvania motorist is convicted of a serious traffic offense in a DLC member state, this state is required to report the conviction to PennDOT. Upon receipt of the conviction, PennDOT will mail an official notice of suspension containing the date that the suspension will begin to the suspended Pennsylvania motorist.
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