This is the clause that makes your marriage license or marriage certificate issued in one state valid in the other 49. It does the same for your driver's license and vehicle registration. Furthermore, in the case of driver's licenses and vehicle registrations it makes it so that as long as you or your vehicle are legal in your home state, you're legal in any of the other 49. If for example, state "A" allows you to get a full license at age 16, but state "B" requires you to be 18 for that, you're still legal if you're 16 and you drive from state "A" to state "B". You still have to obey state "B's" traffic laws, such as not turning right on red if your state allows it but "B" doesn't, but as long as you do you're operating legally, even though you might not qualify for a driver's license if you lived in state "B".Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.
So, shouldn't my Virgina CHP be valid in all 50 states?
Yes, I know about the National Reciprocity Act currently working its way through Congress. We can't discuss that here because that's political in nature since it isn't law yet. Keeping the discussion focused only on current laws I'd like to kick this idea around a bit. Personally, I have no desire to actually test this theory by doing something stupid which could land me in jail, such as crossing the state line from VA to DC or MD, where my permit is not currently recognized. No, I'll leave that legal battle to someone with deeper pockets and better lawyers than I have, but it's still something that interests me because it would have a direct influence on me if it were so. I do regularly travel to both DC and MD, and would prefer not to have to leave my EDC home when I do. Furthermore, the wife and I are planning a move to the PNW in the future. She's from Lewiston, Idaho and we want to move out there to help care for her elderly parents. My permit is valid in Idaho when we visit there, but not on the other side of the river in Clarkston, Washington, where her brother and nephew live, and where a lot of the local stores are, nor is it recognized in Oregon or California, where other family members live that we want to visit. So, if Article 4, Section 1 were applicable I'd be perfectly legal carrying concealed there, while I'm not now the way the laws are being applied.
Am I looking at this wrong? Is there a flaw in my thinking on this? What do you folks think?