What Happens If You Get Caught Driving with an Expired License?

Driving with an Out-of-Date License

It can happen to the best of us – We forget to renew our driving license and end up realizing when we’ve been pulled over by the police. Although there are many ways to avoid this situation (setting up a reminder is a great way to stay on track), it’s important that we understand the consequences. Even if it was a mere accident, driving without a valid license is always illegal.

Depending on where you live, your driver’s license will expire on your birthday. If your birthday is coming up, check to see if your license is about to expire. If you don’t renew your license before it expires and then get caught driving without a valid one, you could be in trouble.

If an officer is in a good mood, he/she could let you off with a simple warning. They could also give you a ‘fix-it ticket’ that requires you to renew your license by a certain date and submit proof, otherwise face fines. However, more often than not, driving without a valid license means you are subject to:

  • A ticket up to $250
  • Points added to your record
  • Impoundment of vehicle
  • Arrest

In New York, the fines could range from $25 to $40 if your license expired within 60 days of the stop. If it’s been more than 60 days, the find could be anywhere from $75 and $300.

Keep in mind that your insurance can also be affected if you are found to be driving without a valid license. Most likely, the infraction will result in ‘points’ added to your record, which almost always will result in your insurance premiums being increased when it comes time to renew your policy.

Here’s to sustaining more affordable coverage! For the auto insurance you need, talk to the team at Kneller Agency. Serving Hudson, Valatie, Millerton, Red Hook, Millbrook, and neighboring cities, we can help you find reliable car coverage.

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