Driving Without a License in New Hampshire

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

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

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). New Hampshire Revised Statutes § 263:1 states that no person shall drive any motor vehicle upon any way in this state unless such person has a valid driver's license. Violators are guilty of a Class B misdemeanor and in addition to possible fines and jail time, are subject to a four-point violation, making it harder for the driver to acquire a license in the future
  • Your license was cancelled, revoked or suspended by the authorities. For first time offenders, this offense is punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and possible misdemeanor jail time.

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 New Hampshire?

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



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