Driving Without a License in Utah

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

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

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). This is typically considered an infraction and subject to fines of up to $750.
  • Your license was cancelled, revoked or suspended by the authorities. For first time offenders, this offense is punishable as Class C misdemeanor with a fine of up to $750 and up to 90 days in jail.. If the suspension was for a DUI, it’s a class B misdemeanor.

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 Utah?

An undocumented immigrant can obtain a one-year driving privilege card provided that he or she can show documents verifying identity and Utah residence.


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