Under federal law your PPO is automatically enforceable in your new state. But, some states do require you to register or file your PPO. This is so the court and police know about it. It’s best to find out what your new state requires. You can do that by calling the local police in your new state.
There is an advantage and a possible disadvantage to registering your Michigan PPO in a different state.
The advantage is that registering your PPO makes it easier for the police to check that your order is valid. How? When police officers arrive to a scene, they will check to see if your PPO is registered in the state's law enforcement computer database. If it’s not, the police officer may have to look at a national database or call the court where the order was issued. This takes longer and it could mean that your PPO is not enforced right away.
The disadvantage of registering your Michigan PPO in a different state is that the abuser might find out which state you’ve moved to. How? Some states will let the abuser know the PPO has been registered in the new state. In other states you must let the abuser know if you want your PPO registered. The abuser may be able to object to the registration.
If you don’t want the abuser to know your new location, it’s important for you to learn what the rules are in your new state. Your local domestic violence agency may be able to help. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) to find help in your area.