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I was living in Georgia and was charged with a DUI in 2004.

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I was living in Georgia and was charged with a DUI in 2004. I got married and moved to Maryland in early 2005. Shortly after moving to Maryland I was charged with another DUI. This DUI was sent back to Georgia DMV because at the time of arrest I had not yet switched my driver''s license over to Maryland. Between the arrest and going to court I had switched my license over to Maryland. After conviction Georgia suspended my license and put me on a national restricted list where I can''t renew my Maryland license until the issue is resolved in Georgia. Under Georgia law 40-8-111(a)(1) I am required to undergo an Ignition Interlock program in Georgia. This is impossible for me to do as I live in Maryland with my family. There is an exception for the court to enter a financial hardship letter for exemption from the program. I have tried to get this letter from the Maryland court but have been unsuccessful because they say that it has nothing to do with the Maryland judicial system. I have spoken with numerous attorneys and no one seems to have heard of anything like this before and no one seems to know what to do. I have completed all other requirements from the Georgia DMV except the Ignition Interlock Program. My current license status in Maryland is "Valid". Once Georgia releases the hold on my license, I can renew my Maryland License. What can I do?
Have you looked at participating in a similar program in MD (I think all states have an ignition lock program)
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Philip Simmons's Post: Yes, however Georgia DMV will only accept completion of the program in their own state. In other words, it has to be done in the state of Georgia or I must somehow get an exemption letter.
Yes, that sounds like typical bureaucracy

You need to get an official within the Georgia DMV to step out of the box for a moment and address this. When someone with decision making authority realizes that you are caught in the bureaucracy, I suspect they will assist. Contact with that official with you in MD and him or her in Georgia is your problem

I suspect the phone would be the first step though it seems you may have exhausted that. To the extent you have not make sure you document future calls.

I would next try letter, certified to head of DMV explaining the circumstances, WHOM you have spoken to so far, and when and a request for assistance. Key is for the letter to be concise, non-confrontational request for advice on how to meet the Georgia requirement given your circumstances.

If this is not answered I would resend and cc your representative in congress.

If this don't work you may need to hire counsel or take a trip to Georgia

Sorry your stuck in the machine and best of luck

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Philip Simmons's Post: Do you know who I should contact? Who is the head of the Georgia DMV or phone number?

1-877-835-5337 will get you the main switchboard...I suspect will take some sweet talking on your part (hopefully you have not lost that southern charm yet).

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You may want to mention this in your letter (in a subtle way of course)

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