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Know the Laws: Idaho

UPDATED July 16, 2017

Moving to Another State with an Idaho Protection Order

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If you are moving out of state or are going to be out of the state for any reason, your protection order can still be enforceable.

Getting your Idaho order of protection enforced in another state

back to topHow do I get my protection order enforced in another state? 

Federal law does not require you to take any special steps to get your protection order enforced in another state.
Many states do have laws or regulations (rules) about registering or filing of out-of-state orders, which can make enforcement easier, but a valid protection order is enforceable regardless of whether it has been registered or filed in the new state.* Rules differ from state to state, so it may be helpful to find out what the rules are in your new state. You can contact a local domestic violence organization for more information by visiting our State and Local Programs page and entering your new state in the drop-down menu.

Note: It is important to keep a copy of your protection order with you at all times. It is also a good idea to know the rules of states you will be living in or visiting to ensure that your out-of-state order can be enforced in a timely manner.

* 18 U.S.C. § 2265(d)(2)

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back to topDo I need a special copy of my protection order to it enforced?

In some states, you will need a certified copy of your protection order. A certified copy says that it is a "true and correct" copy; it is signed and initialed by the clerk of court that gave you the order, and usually has some kind of court stamp on it. In Idaho, a certified order has a stamp and/or a raised seal on it.

The copy you originally received may or may not have been a certified copy, depending on the county. If your copy is not a certified copy, call or go to the court that gave you the order and ask the clerk's office for a certified copy. The court may charge a small fee to get a certified copy of an Idaho protection order.

Note: It is a good idea to keep a copy of the protection order with you at all times. You will also want to bring several copies of the protection order with you when you move. Leave copies of the protection order at your work place, at your home, at the children's school or daycare, in your car, with a sympathetic neighbor, and so on. Give a copy to the security guard or person at the front desk where you live and/or work. Give a copy of the protection order to anyone who is named in and protected by the order.

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back to topCan I get someone to help me?  Do I need a lawyer?

You do not need a lawyer to get your protection order enforced in another state.

However, you may want to get help from a local domestic violence advocate or attorney in the state that you move to. A domestic violence advocate can let you know what the advantages and disadvantages are for registering your protection order, and help you through the process if you decide to do so.

To find a domestic violence advocate or an attorney in the state you are moving to click on the Where to Find Help tab on the top of this page and then choose the state you want from the drop down menu.

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