If you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in California and your license was issued to you by another state, the police cannot take your driver’s license. That does not mean that you are free and clear of the drunk driving charge. Even if you are licensed to drive by another state, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will take action to have your driving privileges suspended in the state of California.
While driver’s who are licensed by another state may not be too concerned about losing California driving privileges, because of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact, being charged with driving under the influence and/or other serious traffic violation is shared between states. The Interstate Driver’s License Compact (IDLC) is an agreement between the states to share information with one another regarding certain types of traffic violations, including driving under the influence. There are currently only six states that do not participate in the Interstate Driver’s License Compact — Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming.