What does it mean to “drive without a license” in New Jersey?
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 and will likely receive two points on your license.)
- You never
applied for a license (or your license expired). Violators may be subject
to a four-point license penalty, a fine of between $250 and $500, and may be
precluded from applying for a license for six months. If the charge is for
driving with an expired license, expect a fine up to $500.
license was cancelled, revoked or suspended by the authorities. For first
time offenders, this offense is punishable by a fine of up to $1200 (Class B
misdemeanor) or up to $2,000 and a maximum one-year jail time (Class A
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 Jersey?
An undocumented immigrant is not permitted to obtain a driver's
license in New Jersey.