Driving Without a License in Michigan

What does it mean to drive while your license is expired, revoked, suspended or cancelled?

What does it mean to “drive without a license” in Michigan?

Driving without a license can refer to three scenarios. You’re stopped for an offense and:

  • You have a license but it’s not in your possession. In other words, you were licensed to drive but lacked proof, an infraction that may be dismissed once you can prove that you possessed a valid license at the time of the incident. (Note: you may have to pay a fine.)
  • You never applied for a license (or your license expired). Michigan Motor Vehicle Code § 257.325 requires that all motor vehicle operators possess a valid license. Violators may be fined $150 to $500.
  • Your license was cancelled, revoked or suspended by the authorities. A first  offense is punishable by a fine of $500 and up to 93 days in jail. (Michigan Motor Vehicle Code §257.904)

How do you fight the charge?

Fighting a “driving without a license charge” can be difficult. Once the district attorney or prosecutor alleges that you drove without a valid license, the burden of proof is on you to prove that you did possess a valid driver’s license at the time of your offense. If you don’t evidence of a license, you lose! Depending on your circumstances, you may benefit from the advice or negotiating skills of an attorney.

Can an undocumented immigrant obtain a driver’s license in Michigan?

An undocumented immigrant is not permitted to obtain a driver's license in Michigan.

 

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