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If I get a ticket in another state, do I have to pay it?

I was on vacation out of state when I got pulled over for speeding. The cop gave me a ticket but I heard that I didn’t have to pay it since it was from a different state than where I live. Is that true?

Agent Answer

Neil Richardson

Pay the ticket! Violations issued by police are reported to that particular state’s DMV. An unpaid ticket can create all sorts of issues from a suspended license in your current state, inability to renew an expired license, and even a warrant in the state where the ticket was issued. There are instances where a ticket fails to be passed on to the DMV and never gets reported, but those situations are rare and the potential risks of not paying far outweigh the gamble. Problems may not even arise for years after the ticket, at which time the outstanding fees could be astronomical. It is a good idea to handle those tickets in a timely manner to avoid major headaches in the future. Best of luck!

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