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Updated: 
November 19, 2020

What if I don't register my protective order? Will it be more difficult to have it enforced?

While neither federal law nor state law requires that you register your protective order in order to get it enforced, if your order is not entered into the state registry, it may be more difficult for a Utah law enforcement official to determine whether your order is real. Meaning, it could take longer to get your order enforced.

If you are unsure about whether registering your order is the right decision for you, you may want to contact a local domestic violence organization in your area. An advocate there can help you decide what the safest plan of action is for you in Utah. To see a list of local domestic violence organizations in Utah, go to our UT Advocates and Shelters page.