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Restraining Orders

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November 7, 2023

What happens if I move? Is my order still effective?

Your protection order is automatically good throughout Idaho as well as in other states, U.S. territories, and tribal lands. Federal law provides what is called “full faith and credit.” This means that once you have a criminal or civil protection order, it is valid wherever you go in the U.S.1 

Different states may have different rules for enforcing out-of-state protection orders. You may want to talk to a local domestic violence program in the state where you will be living for more information.

You may also call the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit for information on enforcing an out-of-state order. Call 1-800-903-0111, ext. 2.

Note: There are special rules about military protective orders (MPO). If you have an MPO and are moving off the installation, please see our Military Protective Orders page.

1 18 U.S.C. §§ 2265; 2266