New York Vehicle & Traffic Law

Sec. § 517
Interstate Compact Guaranteeing Appearance


The commissioner may execute a reciprocal compact or agreement not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter with the motor vehicle administrator or other authorized official of another state concerning the appearance of a person licensed in one state to answer a summons or an appearance ticket for a moving traffic violation issued by the other state. Such compact shall provide that if a person licensed by either state is issued a summons or an appearance ticket by the other state for a moving traffic violation covered by the compact or agreement, he shall not be detained or required to furnish bail or collateral, and that if he fails to appear in response to such summons or appearance ticket, his license may be suspended by the state that issued the license until he submits to the jurisdiction of the court or administrative tribunal in which such summons or appearance ticket is returnable. Such compact shall also provide such terms and procedures as are necessary and proper to facilitate its administration.


Such interstate compacts may also provide that if a registration or renewal of a motor vehicle would be denied pursuant to either subdivision five-a of section four hundred one of this chapter, for failing to answer summonses or other processes issued for parking infractions, or subdivision four of section one hundred forty-five of the transportation law, with respect to the transportation of household goods, returnable in any court or an administrative tribunal of the department of transportation or for failing to comply with the rules and regulations of any administrative tribunal of appropriate jurisdiction following entry of a final determination with respect to such summons or process, the state issuing the registration or renewal shall likewise deny the registration or renewal, until such applicant submits to the jurisdiction of the court or administrative tribunal in which such summonses or other processes are returnable.


The word “state” when used in this section shall mean any state, territory or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia or any province of the Dominion of Canada.

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