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Driving Without a Valid Driver's License: State Laws

In order to enjoy the privilege of driving on public roadways, motorists must be licensed. A driver's license ensures that motorists know how to operate a vehicle and understand the rules of the road. If you drive without a license, you risk being ticketed or even arrested, depending on the situation. Find out more about the laws in your state with the following guide to driving without a valid driver's license.

Alabama

License required
(AL Code 32-6-1)
Penalties - Violations in general(AL Code 32-6-18)

Alaska

Drivers must be licensed
(AK Statutes scroll to 28.15.011)

Arizona

License Violations
(ARS Title 28 scroll to 28-3471 to 28-3481)

Arkansas

Driver's license required
(AR Code 27-16-602)

California

Violation of License Provisions
(California Vehicle Code Sections 14600 - 14611)

Colorado

Licenses for drivers required
(CRS 42-2-101)

Connecticut

Motor vehicle operator's license
(GSC section 14-36)

Delaware

Driving without a license
(DE Code Title 21 section 2701)

District of Columbia

Operation without permit prohibited
(DC Code section 50-1401.01)

Florida Drivers must be licensed; penalties
(FS 322.03)
Georgia

Valid driver's license required
(Georgia Code 40-5-20)

Hawaii

Licensing
(HRS section 286-102)

Idaho

Drivers to be licensed
(ID Statutes section 49-301)

Illinois

Violation of License Provisions
(625 ILCS 5/6-301 to 5/6-307)

Indiana

Driver's Licenses: General Penalty Provisions
(Indiana Code 9-24-18)

Driver's Licenses: Penalty Provisions for Operating a Motor Vehicle With Suspended or Revoked Driving Privileges, Licenses, or Permits (Indiana Code 9-24-19)

Iowa Operators licensed
(IA Code section 321.174)
Kansas Licenses required
(KS Statute 8-235)
Kentucky

Operators' licenses
(KRS 186.410)

Unlawful to drive or permit another to drive without (KRS 186.620)

Louisiana

Driver must be licensed
(LRS 32:52)

Maine License required
(MRS Title 29-A section 1251)
Maryland

Drivers must be licensed
(MD Transp. Code section 16-101)

Massachusetts

Operation of motor vehicle without license
(90 MGL section 10)

Michigan

Violation of license provisions
(MI Vehicle Code sections 257.324 to 257.329)

Minnesota

License required
(MN Statute 171.02)

Mississippi

Requirement of motor vehicle operator's license
(MS Code 63-1-5)

Missouri

Operation of motor vehicle without proper license prohibited
(MRS 302.020)

Montana Drivers to be licensed
(MCA section 61-5-102)
Nebraska

Operator's license required
(R.R.S. Nebr. § 60-484)

Nevada Licensing of drivers required
(NRS 483.230)
New Hampshire License Required
(NH Statutes 263:1)
New Jersey

Licensing of drivers
(NJ Statutes 39:3-10)

New Mexico

Drivers must be licensed
(NMS 66-5-2)

New York

Licensing of drivers; violations
(NY Vehicle & Traffic Code section 509)

North Carolina

Issuance and renewal of drivers licenses
(NCGS section 20-7)

North Dakota

Operators must be licensed
(ND Code Chapter 39-06 scroll to 39-06-01)

Ohio

Operation without valid license prohibited
(ORC section 4507.02)

Oklahoma

Class requirements for driver licenses
(OK Statute 47-6-101)

Oregon

Driving Privileges, Licenses, and Permits
(OR Vehicle Code Ch. 807)

Pennsylvania

Licensing of Drivers: Violations
(PA Vehicle Code Ch. 15; scroll to Subchapter C)

Rhode Island

License required to drive
(RI Code 31-10-1)

License to be carried and exhibited on demand (RI Code 31-10-27)

South Carolina

Driver's license required
(SC Code scroll to section 56-120)

South Dakota

Prohibition against driving without license
(SD Laws section 32-12-22)

Driving while license is revoked, suspended, or canceled(SD Laws section 32-12-65)

Tennessee License required
(TN Code section 55-50-301)
Texas

Driver's Licenses and Certificates
(TX Transp. Code Ch. 521)

Utah

Operating motor vehicle without license or registration
(UT Code 41-12a-603)

Vermont License required
(23 VSA section 601)
Virginia

Driving without license prohibited; penalties
(VA Code 46.2-300)

Washington

Driving without a license - misdemeanor
(RCW section 46.20.005)

Driving without a license - traffic infraction (RCW section 46.20.015)

West Virginia

Drivers must be licensed
(WV Code section 17B-2-1)

Wisconsin

Operators to be licensed; exceptions
(WI Code Chapter 343 scroll to section 343.05)

Wyoming

License required
(WY Statutes Title 31, Ch. 7 scroll to 31-7-106)

Ticketed for Driving Without a License? Talk to an Attorney

Depending on the circumstances, you may be facing serious sanctions for driving without a valid driver's license. Meeting with an attorney can help you determine your next steps. Find a traffic law attorney licensed to practice in your state.

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