If I got a DUI in my former state of residence and i have moved to another state without showing for court, can I get a driver’s license now in my current state?

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If I got a DUI in my former state of residence and i have moved to another state without showing for court, can I get a driver’s license now in my current state?

Got the DUI the night I was leaving the state, was arrested and released the same night. Over 4 years ago this happened.

Asked on December 21, 2011 under Criminal Law, California

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Good question. Most likely you will be able to get a driver's license in another state despite the fact that you most likely have an outstanding bench warrant for your arrest in the first state. However, once you get the driver's license in the second state, most likely you will be arrested within six (6) months for your outstanding bench warrant in the first state.

The reason is that the name, address and other vital information will be accessed by law enforcement eventually, your name will match an outstanding warrant and law enforcement in state one will notify law enforcement in state two about the situation. The bench warrant will then be sent to law enforcement in state two from the failure of you to appear on your DUI four (4) years ago and you will be arrested and held pending the making of bail.


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