5 years ago #1
sunshinedy
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I was wondering what the penalty is for driving without your drivers license. For example if you forget or misplace your drivers license and get pulled over by the police what`s the penalty?

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5 years ago #2
Mardicom
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with your date of birth, then you`ll be ok. Otherwise... well... you better hope it happens during normal business hours.

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5 years ago #3
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You will have to take a half day off to go down to the court house to show it to someone.

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5 years ago #4
Krysa
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You might want to mention where you live in the world. Penalties vary from state to state, country to country.

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5 years ago #5
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infraction: just show up in court with a license that was valid at the time. Do this a third time and the judge is free to decide you`re culpably forgetful, though. The penalties escalate dramatically for other license violations, as opposed to mere NIP. Driving with no valid license carries a larger fine and an immediate 30-day impound. Driving while suspended or revoked carries a big fine, probable jail time, and an immediate impound; a second conviction carries mandatory jail time and a forfeiture.

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5 years ago #6
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involved in an at fault accident two years ago in NJ, I left my driver`s license on the table of a hotel where I had stayed the night before. A cop cited me for driving without a license and some moving violation for causing an accident. The moving violation (points and monetary fine) were dismissed when I argued the case by snail mail. The fine for the missing driver`s license was something like $45, if I remember correctly. I returned to that hotel a few hours following the accident and the clerk at the hotel`s reservation desk was holding my license for me.
In some states, the penalty for this type of violation is much less severe; others have a more severe penalty. Your driving record might also dictate how you`re treated if you`re found not to be carrying your license with you while you`re driving on public roads.
You didn`t say which state you have in mind so I suggest you check the driver`s manual for your particular state. The driver`s manual might be available on the state`s web site.

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5 years ago #7
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what must be produced during a stop. I know of no place that does not require that you produce your license. Not prove you have one, but actually produce it. I was stopped once without mine, but I gave him every piece of info off the license except for the internal audit code (n number f about 12 digits that changes with every license that he probably wouldn`t be able to access). He knew that I obviously had a license and that it was valid, but he ticketed me anyway. Of course, a trip to the court and 30 seconds for the forms (after 2 hours in lines) and I was a free man.
In TX (where the above happened) I was required to produce my license and proof of financial responsibility (insurance). AK just went from license and registration to license, registration, and proof of financial responsibility.
If there is any place in the US that does not require you produce your license when stopped, I would like to know.

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5 years ago #8
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I dont follow. IF you were required by law to have the actual license in your posession then why were you a free man after a trip to the court house? Being guilty you should have paid whatever penalty is associated with not carrying the card.

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5 years ago #9
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In the UK there is no penalty merely for driving without a valid licence on your person - but you must be a licensed driver, and may be required to present your licence (and certain other documents) at a police station of your choice within seven days.
Now the penalties for driving without having a licence at all, or with a suspended licence, are quite another matter ...

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5 years ago #10
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sentence and/or a fine. Your car will also be impounded for 30 days.
If you just forget your DL at home and don`t have any ID, you may be given a ride to the nearest police station. I would strongly recommend to keep your DL number in the car`s glovebox. You know, just in case.

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5 years ago #11
dionysus_myth
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license to the officer. I broke the law by not providing my license to the officer. There is no penalty to this. The only penalty is for driving while not being licensed.
Yes, that makes no sense. Don`t ask me. I just drive here. against the law, investigated, and charged, with the punishment being a civil reprimand.

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5 years ago #12
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while driving, for it`s the law.
Since you`re in Oregon, iirc, I`m not surprised that you can get jail time for carrying no license, considering that 86mph on the freeway, "embracing" your passenger and God only knows what the heck else is "reckless" and WILL ensure a highly toxic needle ends up firmly inserted in your right arm.
Such a beautiful state, but its "justice" system understands no compassion. But as they say, the law is the law, no matter how much of an **** it may be. a.s.m: drive in/to a state like OR, IL, VA, etc., gun it up to 100+mph on the freeway in plain sight of a LEO, carrying no DL and with one`s arm around one`s passenger. Give the LEO the finger and blow by at 100+mph. Attempt to outrun the police. You WILL face execution, even if you just obediently pull over instead of fleeing, and I think the needle is the method used in Oregon, if my memory serves me correctly. In fact most states use those needle thingies these days. I think 38 states have `em actually and many have very strict "reckless driving" statutes. To unsuspecting tourists: be careful where you drive. Perhaps stick to largely abolitionist states with no special "reckless" statute for "embracing" or X mph or whatever. Remember, even my mom drove at 90ish mph in CA once, almost without realizing it. If she`d been in VA or NC instead, she probably wouldn`t be alive now.

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5 years ago #13
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Ooooops, perhaps I shoulda placed a at the end of all that, for the severely humour impaired? Oh well.

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