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Driving With An Expired Licence

June 18, 2009

Police

If you are driving with an expired licence, and the police pull you over, they will fine you $325.

Now, do you get to drive away? Maybe, maybe not.

The police are required to "prevent the continuation of the offence" so they make ask you to call someone that can drive you home, or worse, call for a tow truck. However, some police would just write you the ticket, and strongly suggest that you drive directly to the licensing office, and get this taken care of.

The Ticket

This type of ticket holds as much weight as a speeding ticket does and will affect your car insurance rate. If ticketed, I recommend you go to court and try to get this charge dropped.

POINTTS, the traffic ticket specialist, provides free consultations. To get to their website for additional information, click here.

One of their suggestions is that you’ll have a better chance of having the courts drop the charge if you renew you licence within a day or so of being ticketed. If you wait a week or more, the courts will see that as irresponsible, and will be less willing to drop the charge.

Your Insurance Company

If your driver’s licence has expired, you are legally "unauthorized" to be driving a motor vehicle.

If you get into an accident, your insurance company can attempt to deny coverage, and your fight begins.

As your insurance coverages may not apply, you could be liable for damages to other people and their vehicles.

This could drive you directly to the Poorhouse.

Oh, and one other thing, good luck when your insurance comes up for renewal.

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