Houston, TX asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida

Q: Is driving without a valid drivers license in Florida considered a Misdemeanor?

My wife a long time ago was living in Miami Florida and she did not know at the time about getting a drivers license there. So she had her German license when she was pulled over. So what is driving without a valid license considered? Is it considered a Misdemeanor?

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
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  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Florida Statute 322.04 provides that: 

"Persons exempt from obtaining driver license.—

(1) The following persons are exempt from obtaining a driver license:



(c) A nonresident who is at least 16 years of age and who has in his or her immediate possession a valid noncommercial driver license issued to the nonresident in his or her home state or country operating a motor vehicle of the type for which a Class E driver license is required in this state.

(d) A nonresident who is at least 18 years of age and who has in his or her immediate possession a valid noncommercial driver license issued to the nonresident in his or her home state or country operating a motor vehicle, other than a commercial motor vehicle, in this state.

…"

So, if she was a nonresident of Florida when she got pulled over, she should not have received a ticket.

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