Driving Without a License in Oklahoma

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

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

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).  According to Okla. Stat. 47 § 11-902(A), it is unlawful to drive on public roads, streets, highways or turnpikes without a valid license. A first offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to thirty (30) days and/or a fine of between $50 and $300. . Typically first offenders don't receive any jail time. (A second or third offense carries a maximum 180 jail sentence.) If the driver replaces or renews the license before the court date, the charge will usually be dismissed without costs or fine.
  • Your license was cancelled, revoked or suspended by the authorities. For first time offenders, this offense is punishable by a fine of up to $500. For drivers whose suspension was due to a DUI, the fine may be between $500 and $1000.

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 have 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 Oklahoma?

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


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