Cambridge, MA asked in Criminal Law for Massachusetts

Q: Is it illegal to drive without your license on you?

Like you have a valid drivers license but don't have it on your person?

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Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Acton, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: Yes- technically you are required to have your drievr's license on you. When you forget your wallet often the police will ticket or warn just for not having license in possession, which is easily cured at a clerk's hearing upon proof of the active license. However, it costs a fee to get a clerk's hearing, so ask yourself is it worth it. If you are horribly forgetful take a pic of your license into your phone. The police don't have to accept that but at lleast you have proof of someething. Any criminal violation like that could give the police an opportunity to investigate further, search your car, or offer you field sobriety tests too. Best to have yoour license on you....

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