I have a DUI in Tennessee with a restricted license and am taking a job in Texas.

My Tennessee license does not say
restricted. Will the Texas DMV run my
Tennessee license and see the DUI when I
apply for a Texas license?

Asked on January 12, 2019 under Criminal Law, Tennessee


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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

The Interstate Driver License Compact (IDLC) is an agreement between states that governs how information is shared for different types of traffic convictions. The infractions covered by the IDLC include everything from criminal traffic offenses (i.e. DUI, speeding and other moving violations). Under the IDLC the records for traffic infractions and suspensions/revocations are sent to the driver's home state. The home state could then treat the traffic offense as if it had occurred there and apply the laws of the home state to the traffic offense that was committed out of state. That having beens said, several states are not included in the IDLC including TN which dropped out of the IDLC. That having been said, states also supply information to the National Driver Register which is a comprehensive database for driving offense records concerning drivers who have revoked or suspended driver's licenses due to serious offenses such as DUI, reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it should show when you apply for a license in a new state. There is an "interstate compact" or agreement between states that they honor each other's traffic offenses and actions (e.g. restriction, suspension, revocation) taken about licenses. To make this happen, the state's share all their license-related data. The TN DUI should show as much as a TX DUI would.

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