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Updated: 
November 4, 2021

How 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. However, many states do have laws or regulations (rules) about enforcement of out-of-state orders. These rules differ from state to state, so it is important to find out what the rules are before you try to get your protection order enforced in another state.

For example, a state may ask you to “register” or file your order so that the court and the police know about it. Although knowing the state rules can make enforcement easier, a valid protection order is enforceable regardless of whether it has been registered or filed in the new state.

Note: It is important to keep a copy of your protection order with you at all times. It may 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.

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