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VEHICLES625 ILCS 5/6-701
(625 ILCS 5/) Illinois Vehicle Code.
(625 ILCS 5/6-701)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-701)
Findings and declaration of policy.
(a) The party states find that:
1. The safety of their streets and highways is
materially affected by the degree of compliance with state laws and local ordinances relating to the operation of motor vehicles.
2. Violation of such a law or ordinance is evidence
that the violator engages in conduct which is likely to endanger the safety of persons and property.
3. The continuance in force of a license to drive is
predicated upon compliance with laws and ordinances relating to the operation of motor vehicles, in whichever jurisdiction the vehicle is operated.
(b) It is the policy of each of the party states to:
1. Promote compliance with the laws, ordinances and
administrative rules and regulations relating to the operation of motor vehicles by their operators in each of the jurisdictions where such operators drive motor vehicles.
2. Make the reciprocal recognition of licenses to
drive and eligibility therefor more just and equitable by considering the over-all compliance with motor vehicle laws, ordinances and administrative rules and regulations as a condition precedent to the continuance or issuance of any license by reason of which the licensee is authorized or permitted to operate a motor vehicle in any of the party states.
(Source: P.A. 76-1615
625 ILCS 5/6-702
(625 ILCS 5/6-702)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-702)
Reports of Conviction.
The licensing authority of a party state shall report each conviction of
a person from another party state occurring within its jurisdiction to the
licensing authority of the home state of the licensee. Such report shall
clearly identify the person convicted; describe the violation specifying
the section of the statute, code or ordinance violated; identify the court
in which action was taken; indicate whether a plea of guilty or not guilty
was entered, or the conviction was a result of the forfeiture of bail, bond
or other security; and shall include any special findings made in
(Source: P.A. 76-1615.)
625 ILCS 5/6-703
(625 ILCS 5/6-703)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-703)
Effect of Conviction.
(a) The licensing authority in the home state, for the purposes of
suspension, revocation or limitation of the license to operate a motor
vehicle, shall give the same effect to the conduct reported, pursuant to
Section 6-702, as it would if such conduct had occurred in the home state,
in the case of convictions for:
1. Manslaughter or negligent homicide resulting from the operation of a
2. Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating
liquor or a narcotic drug, or under the influence of any other drug to a
degree which renders the driver incapable of safely driving a motor
3. Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used;
4. Failure to stop and render aid in the event of a motor vehicle
accident resulting in the death or personal injury of another.
(b) As to other convictions, reported pursuant to Section 6-702, the
licensing authority in the home state shall give such effect to the conduct
as is provided by the laws of the home state.
(c) If the laws of a party state do not provide for offenses or
violations denominated or described in precisely the words employed in
paragraph (a) of this Section, such party state shall construe the
denominations and descriptions appearing in paragraph (a) hereof as being
applicable to and identifying those offenses or violations of a
substantially similar nature, and the laws of such party state shall
contain such provision as may be necessary to ensure that full force and
effect is given to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 76-1615.)
625 ILCS 5/6-704
(625 ILCS 5/6-704)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-704)
Applications for new licenses.
Upon application for a license to drive, the licensing authority in a
party state shall ascertain whether the applicant has ever held, or is the
holder of a license to drive issued by any other party state. The licensing
authority in the state where application is made shall not issue a license
to drive to the applicant if:
1. The applicant has held such a license, but the
same has been suspended by reason, in whole or in part, of a violation and if such suspension period has not terminated.
2. The applicant has held such a license, but the
same has been revoked by reason, in whole or in part, of a violation and if such revocation has not terminated, except that after the expiration of one year from the date the license was revoked, such person may make application for a new license if permitted by law. The licensing authority may refuse to issue a license to any such applicant if, after investigation, the licensing authority determines that it will not be safe to grant to such person the privilege of driving a motor vehicle on the public highways.
3. The applicant is the holder of a license to drive
issued by another party state and currently in force unless the applicant surrenders this license, except that if an applicant is applying only for a non-domiciled commercial learner's permit or non-domiciled commercial driver's license, the applicant is not required to surrender the license issued by the applicant's state or country of domicile.
(Source: P.A. 98-176 (see Section 10 of P.A. 98-722 and Section 10 of P.A. 99-414 for the effective date of changes made by P.A. 98-176).)
625 ILCS 5/6-705
(625 ILCS 5/6-705)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-705)
Applicability of Other Laws.
Except as expressly required by provisions of this compact, nothing
contained herein shall be construed to affect the right of any party state
to apply any of its other laws relating to the licenses to drive to any
person or circumstance, nor to invalidate or prevent any driver license
agreement or other cooperative arrangement between a party state and a
(Source: P.A. 76-1615.)
625 ILCS 5/6-706
(625 ILCS 5/6-706)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-706)
Compact Administrator and Interchange of Information.
(a) The head of the licensing authority of each party state shall be
administrator of this compact for his state. The administrators, acting
jointly, shall have the power to formulate all necessary and proper
procedures for the exchange of information under this compact.
(b) The administrator of each party state shall furnish to the
administrator of each other party state any information or documents
reasonably necessary to facilitate the administration of this compact.
(Source: P.A. 76-1615.)
625 ILCS 5/6-707
(625 ILCS 5/6-707)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-707)
Entry into Force and Withdrawal.
(a) This compact shall enter into force and become effective as to any
state when it has enacted the same into law.
(b) Any party state may withdraw from this compact by enacting a statute
repealing the same, but no such withdrawal shall take effect until 6 months
after the executive head of the withdrawing state has given notice of the
withdrawal to the executive heads of all other party states. No withdrawal
shall affect the validity or applicability by the licensing authorities of
states remaining party to the compact of any report of conviction occurring
prior to the withdrawal.
(Source: P.A. 76-1615.)
625 ILCS 5/6-708
(625 ILCS 5/6-708)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-708)
Construction and Severability.
(a) This compact shall be liberally construed so as to effectuate the
purposes thereof. The provisions of this compact shall be severable and if
any phrase, clause, sentence or provision of this compact is declared to be
contrary to the constitution of any party state or of the United States or
the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person or circumstance
is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this compact and the
applicability thereof to any government, agency, person or circumstance
shall not be affected thereby. If this compact shall be held contrary to
the constitution of any state party thereto, the compact shall remain in
full force and effect as to the remaining states and in full force and
effect as to the state affected as to all severable matters.
(b) As used in the compact, the term "licensing authority" with
reference to this state, means the Secretary of State. The Secretary of
State shall furnish to the appropriate authorities of any other party state
any information or documents reasonably necessary to facilitate the
administration of Sections 6-702, 6-703 and 6-704 of the compact.
(c) The compact administrator provided for in Section 6-706 of the
compact shall not be entitled to any additional compensation on account of
his service as such administrator, but shall be entitled to expenses
incurred in connection with his duties and responsibilities as such
administrator, in the same manner as for expenses incurred in connection
with any other duties or responsibilities of his office or employment.
(d) As used in the compact, with reference to this state, the term
"executive head" shall mean the Governor.
(e) The phrase "manslaughter or negligent homicide," as used in
subparagraph (1) of paragraph (a) of Section 6-703 of the compact includes
the offense of reckless homicide as defined in Section 9-3 of the Criminal
Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012, or in any predecessor
statute, as well as the offenses of second degree murder and involuntary
The offense described in subparagraph (2) of paragraph (a) of Section
6-703 of the compact includes any violation of Section 11-501 of this
Code or any similar provision of a local ordinance.
The offense described in subparagraph (4) of paragraph (a) of Section
6-703 of the compact includes any violation of paragraph (a) of Section
11-401 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)
625 ILCS 5/Ch. 6 Art. VIII
(625 ILCS 5/Ch. 6 Art. VIII heading)
NONRESIDENT VIOLATOR COMPACT
625 ILCS 5/6-800
(625 ILCS 5/6-800)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-800)
The Nonresident Violator Compact, hereinafter referred to
as the Compact, is hereby enacted into law and entered into with all other
jurisdictions legally joining therein.
(Source: P.A. 83-385.)
625 ILCS 5/6-801
(625 ILCS 5/6-801)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-801)
Findings, Declaration of Policy and Purpose.
(a) The party
jurisdictions find that:
1. In most instances, a motorist who is cited for a traffic violation
in a jurisdiction other than the motorist's home jurisdiction:
(i) Must post collateral or bond to secure appearance for trial at a later date; or
(ii) If unable to post collateral or bond, is taken into custody until
the collateral or bond is posted; or
(iii) Is taken directly to court for immediate disposition.
2. A motorist receiving a traffic citation in the motorist's home jurisdiction
is permitted, except for certain violations, to accept the citation from the
officer at the scene of the violation, voluntarily deposit a valid driver's
license and immediately continue after promising or being instructed to
comply with the terms of the citation.
3. The purpose of the practices described in subsections 1 and 2 of paragraph
(a) is to ensure compliance with the terms of a traffic citation by the
motorist who, if permitted to continue after receiving the traffic citation,
could return to the motorist's home jurisdiction and disregard any duty
under the terms of the traffic citation.
4. The practice described in subsection 1 of paragraph (a) causes unnecessary
inconvenience and, at times, a hardship for the motorist who is unable at
the time to post collateral, furnish a bond, stand trial, or pay the fine,
and thus is compelled to remain in custody until some arrangement can be made.
5. The deposit of a driver's license as a bail bond, as described in subsection
2 of paragraph (a), is viewed with disfavor.
6. The practices described herein consume an undue amount of law enforcement time.
(b) It is the policy of the party jurisdictions to:
1. Seek compliance with the laws, ordinances, and administrative rules
and regulations relating to the operation of motor vehicles in each of
2. Allow a motorist to accept a traffic citation for certain violations
and proceed without delay whether or not the motorist is a resident of the
jurisdiction in which the citation was issued.
3. Extend cooperation to its fullest extent among the jurisdictions for
obtaining compliance with the terms of a traffic citation issued in one
jurisdiction to a resident of another jurisdiction.
4. Maximize effective utilization of law enforcement personnel and assist
court systems in the efficient disposition of traffic violations.
(c) The purpose of the Compact is to:
1. Provide a means through which the party jurisdictions may participate
in a reciprocal program to effectuate the policies enumerated in paragraph
(b) above in a uniform and orderly manner.
2. Provide for the fair and impartial treatment of traffic violators operating
within party jurisdictions in recognition of the motorist's right of due
process and the sovereign status of a party jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 83-385.)
625 ILCS 5/6-802
(625 ILCS 5/6-802)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-802)
In the Nonresident Violator Compact, the following
words have the meanings indicated, unless the context requires otherwise.
1. "Citation" means any summons, ticket, or other official document issued
by a police officer for a traffic violation containing an order which requires
the motorist to respond.
2. "Collateral" means any cash or other security deposited to secure an
appearance for trial, following the issuance by a police officer of a citation
for a traffic violation.
3. "Court" means a court of law or traffic tribunal.
4. "Driver's license" means any license or privilege to operate a motor
vehicle issued under the laws of this State.
5. "Home Jurisdiction" means the jurisdiction that issued the driver's
license of the traffic violator.
6. "Issuing jurisdiction" means the jurisdiction in which the traffic
citation was issued to the motorist.
7. "Jurisdiction" means a state, territory, or possession of the United
States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
8. "Motorist" means a driver of a motor vehicle operating in a party jurisdiction.
9. "Personal recognizance" means an agreement by a motorist made at the
time of issuance of the traffic citation that such motorist will comply
with the terms of that traffic citation.
10. "Police officer" means every officer authorized to make arrests and
issue citations for traffic violations.
11. "Secretary" means the Illinois Secretary of State.
12. "Terms of the citation" means those options expressly stated upon the citation.
(Source: P.A. 83-385.)