If you live in the United States and have the intention of driving a motor vehicle, you must first obtain a license. Without this, you’re not legally permitted to take to the road.
Unfortunately, there are times when motorists break the law by driving without a license. This typically fits into one of two categories:
You make an honest mistake, such as leaving your driver’s license at home in your other wallet or purse
You are trying to circumvent the system, such as because your license was suspended as the result of a DUI conviction
Here is a list of the most common driver’s license related violations:
Driving with an expired license
Failure to apply for a license within the allowed time
Driving on a license that is temporarily or permanently suspended
Failure to provide proof of a valid license when requested by law enforcement
Is it a big deal?
Any driver license violation is a big deal, as it can result in a variety of punishments.
First and foremost, the officer will look at the violation itself. If you forgot your license at home, for example, you may receive a basic ticket that can later be dismissed by the traffic court if you show proof of a license.
With a willful violation, however, the penalties can be much more severe. This can include additional suspension of your license or even revocation. On top of this, you could receive a ticket and/or be charged with a misdemeanor.
If you are charged with any type of driver license violation you should find out why, learn more about your legal rights and then devise a defense strategy.
Source: FindLaw, “Driving Without a License,” accessed May 25, 2018