Penalties of Driving With an Expired Driver's License

By: Staff Writer May 31, 2012
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Unless you enjoy unnecessary lament, make renewing your drivers license a red-letter priority. A simple process, which in some states can be accomplished online or by mail, could save you from fines, fees, and frustration.

Renew License or Risk DMV Penalties

Each state governs expired licenses differently. Some states impose late fees. Connecticut, for example, charges $25, regardless if you're a day or a month late, while Washington imposes a $10 late fee if you allow your drivers license to remain expired for longer than 60 days.

In addition, all states require retesting - knowledge, road and vision - if your drivers license remains expired for an extended length of time. To learn more about your state's license renewal policies, contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.

Renew License or Risk Getting Ticketed...or Worse

Getting behind the wheel with an expired license is a gamble. Get caught and depending on the citing officer you could be let off with a warning.

Though, in most circumstances you could face a traffic ticket and all or some of the following penalties:

  • Ticket fines up to $250. The exact fine is contingent on your state, length of expiration, and driving record. Some courts will reduce the fine after providing proof of a valid drivers license.
  • Points added to driving record (if applicable to your state).
  • Increased car insurance premiums. This will depend on the policies of your provider.
  • Arrest.
  • Impoundment of vehicle.

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