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
- 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.
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.