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Q&AZ: Can I get an Arizona driver's license if mine is suspended in another state?

Q&AZ is supported in part by Abrazo Health

If you’re moving to Arizona, you’re required to obtain a state-issued driver’s license. And, through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: If my old driver's license was suspended in another state, can I get a new license in Arizona?

If your license is suspended in another state, the Arizona Department of Transportation is unable to give you a new one until you get reinstated.

Bill Lamoreaux, a representative from ADOT, says that Arizona’s Motor Vehicles Department shares information with vehicle departments nationwide.

“Arizona participates in an interstate agreement to kind of share the suspension agreement with other states, so if a driver is suspended in another state, that suspension notification would be shared with Arizona,” said Lamoreaux.

Lamoreaux says Arizona’s MVD can only assist in reinstatement for suspended Arizona licenses, so those looking to have their out of state licenses reinstated must work with that state’s transportation department.

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Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.