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December 31, 2021

Do I have to register my protection order in New York in order to get it enforced?

According to federal Law,1 all states, including New York, must enforce an out-of-state protection order. The NY Family Court Act says that valid order of protection or temporary order of protection issued by a court in another state, territorial, or tribal jurisdiction must be given ”full faith and credit” and enforced under as if it were issued by a NY court.2 It does not have to be entered into the state or federal registry in order to be enforced by a New York police officer, but the officer does need to believe that it is a valid (real) order.3

1 18 USC § 2265
2 NY Fam. Ct. Act § 154-e
3 NY CPL § 140.10(b)(ii)

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