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December 18, 2023

Can I get my order for protection from Minnesota enforced in another state?

Your Minnesota order can be enforced in other states. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which is a federal law, states that all valid order for protections issued in the United States receive “full faith and credit” in all state and tribal courts within the US, including US territories.1 See How do I know if my order for protection is good under federal law? to find out if your order qualifies.

Each state must enforce out-of-state orders in the same way it enforces its own orders. If the abuser violates an out-of-state order, s/he will be punished according to the laws of whatever state you are in when the order is violated. This is what is meant by “full faith and credit.”

1 See Minn. Stat. § 518B.01(18)(a)(4)

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