Traffic violations reciprocity

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Under traffic violations reciprocity agreements, non-resident drivers are treated like residents when they are stopped for a traffic offense that occurs in another jurisdiction. They also ensure that punishments such as penalty points on one's license and the ensuing increase in insurance premiums follow the driver home. The general principle of such interstate, interprovincial, and/or international compacts is to guarantee the rule "one license, one record."



European Union[edit]

  • The EU is working on conventions for the mutual recognition and enforcement of penalties for road traffic offences and driver disqualifications by the jurisdictions of member countries.


France has an agreement with Spain[1] and Switzerland for recognition of licence points and suspension and is working on agreements with other countries, especially the UK.

United Kingdom[edit]

One driver registration system applies to both England and Wales and Scotland; driving disqualifications and penalty points apply immediately in both jurisdictions. There is mutual recognition of driving disqualifications with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.1


Northern Ireland[edit]

The driver registration system of Northern Ireland has mutual recognition of driving disqualifications with the system in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.2


The Republic of Ireland has mutual recognition of driving disqualifications with Great Britain and Northern Ireland.3

United States[edit]


1. "Driving disqualification: agreements between Great Britain and other countries," Directgov (

2. "Disqualified drivers targeted in international agreement," Northern Ireland Executive (

3. "Driving offences," Citizens Information Board (Republic of Ireland) (