Can I get a license if I have warrants in another state?

I’m supposed to have an SR22 in OR but I can get insurance and get my licence reinstated easily. Then I’d potentially like to switch my licence to here where I live. Will I still be required to have an SR22? What happens if I have a warrent in OR? Will I get arrested if I go into the DMV? I just want to move on with my life. I plan to obtain someone to represent me an take care of the warrent in the future.

Asked on May 15, 2017 under Criminal Law, South Dakota

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Since you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, this is a criminal matter and you should directly consult with a criminal defense attorney in the area of where the warrant was issued. They then can use their local court contacts to your best advantage. The fact is that you will have to deal with both the warrant and the underlying charge. Be aware that warrants do not expire, so you can be taken into custody if you are stopped for even just a speeding ticket. Further, the warrant will show up in a background check (employment, when renting an apartment, obtaining a student loan, etc.). As far as being arrested when you try to get a new license, the chances of you being arrested there are slim as the DMV is not a law enforcement entity, so it is not capable of arresting anyone. Additionally, it is doubtful that it would have access to the criminal online system in order to know if there is an outstanding warrant for you. Again, you should seek legal counsel.

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Since you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, this is a criminal matter and you should directly consult with a criminal defense attorney in the area of where the warrant was issued. They then can use their local court contacts to your best advantage. The fact is that you will have to deal with both the warrant and the underlying charge. Be aware that warrants do not expire, so you can be taken into custody if you are stopped for even just a speeding ticket. Further, the warrant will show up in a background check (employment, when renting an apartment, obtaining a student loan, etc.). As far as being arrested when you try to get a new license, the chances of you being arrested there are slim as the DMV is not a law enforcement entity, so it is not capable of arresting anyone. Additionally, it is doubtful that it would have access to the criminal online system in order to know if there is an outstanding warrant for you. Again, you should seek legal counsel.


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