In some states a person can obtain a state identification card if he or she has an open warrant, however, the new information thatis given isusually input into the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) data base which in turn makes it easier for the person to be located and arrested.
Most states routinely check for open warrants when a person applies for a state identification card or renewal of a driver’s license. Some states will issue an applicant a state identification card when he or she has open warrants but they will not contact the police. Other states however, will contact the police while an applicant is waiting for his or her identification card.In those states the only identification card the unlucky applicant will receive will be a mug shot or prison identification.
Although some Department of Motor Vehicles offices will issue a renewal license if a person has open warrants for non-traffic related offenses; most DMV offices will not issue a renewal license if a person has open warrants for traffic violations.When one thinks about the DMV practice involving open traffic warrants it makes practical sense; why would the DMV renew the license of a person who has already violated traffic laws?If the driver refused to follow the traffic laws when he or she had the old license why would the DMV expect him or her to change his or her behavioral pattern and start following the law just because he or she has a new license?
Even in states that do not routinely contact the police when an open warrant is indicated, there are exceptions. All of the states will contact the police if there is warrant for a person’s arrest for terrorist activity, murder or kidnapping.The severity of the offense often times will dictate how the clerks in the Department of Motor Vehicles will react when they encounter open warrants.
Also if there is warrant or hold on a person’s record for unpaid child support most clerks will not process a state identification card or license renewal because they do not want to run afoul of the Uniform Child Support Enforcement acts. The purpose of these laws is to provide for suspension of driver’s and professional licenses if there are substantial child support arrearages.If a parent has his or her license suspended in one state but then applies for a state identification card in another state then he or she would be able to defeat the purpose of the license suspension.
The uniform child support enforcement laws prevent the non-paying parent from obtaining new identification if he or she has outstanding child support arrearages. The idea behind these laws is that if the parent who has not paid is unable to obtain any type of identification needed for cashing checks, traveling or making purchases then he or she will eventually make arrangements to pay his or her child support arrearages.
Another factor to consider regarding open warrants is the jurisdiction that issued the warrant. If a person has an open warrant from a small town in Mississippi for failure to appear at their once a month town court then more than likely this warrant will not show up on the Los Angeles County Department of Motor Vehicles database if he or she is trying to obtain a state identification card or renew his or her driver’s license. When in doubt it is best for an applicant to call and ask the Department of Motor Vehicles Supervisor at the branch in which he or she would like to obtain a state identification card or renew his or her license.
Of course the best course of action would be for the applicant to resolve the warrants before he or she applied for the state identification card or renewal of his or her license. However, sometimes it is not possible to resolve the warrants. If that is the case then it is best to obtain a clear picture of the repercussions and ramifications of the intended actions before they are undertaken. In other words it is best for a person to find out whether or not he or she will be arrested in the jurisdiction in which he or she is seeking a state identification card BEFORE he or she ventures into the Department of Motor Vehicles Office.