DUI in CA as a Minor one year ago

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DUI in CA as a Minor one year ago

When I was 17 I got a DUI in CA my license was suspended for 1 year and I was on probation for a few months. Now I’ve moved to Canada.. Toronto, Ontario to be exact and I want to know if my DUI I got over a year and a half ago is going to effect if I can get a license here. I already got my California license back, but if I’m living in Canada permanently I’m going to need a canadian license so I’m wondering if I should just start from scratch and just take the tests and get a new license here instead of turning my old one in for a new one or what.. please help!

Asked on July 3, 2009 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

The Ministry of Transportation for Ontario (MTO) states that all applicants that want to exchange an out of country driver's license for an Ontario driver's licence are required to present a valid foreign driver's licence.  

If you have a valid California license, you should have not problem; if not you would have to start the whole process from scratch.

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Canadian law is really beyond the scope of this website, but one of the basic principles of international law is something called "comity," which means that, usually, Canadian courts will allow U.S. court orders and such to have the same effect as they would here.  So if California has let you have your license back, that should be good enough.  Please talk to a lawyer near your new home, though, to be certain.


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