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Driving Without a Valid Driver's License: State Laws

In order to enjoy the privilege of driving on public roadways, motorists must be licensed. A driver's license ensures that motorists know how to operate a vehicle and understand the rules of the road. If you drive without a license, you risk being ticketed or even arrested, depending on the situation. Find out more about the laws in your state with the following guide to possible penalties for driving without a valid driver's license.

State Statute
Alabama License required
(AL Code section 32-6-1)
Penalties--Violations in general
(AL Code section 32-6-18)
Alaska Drivers must be licensed
(AK Statutes section 28.15.011)
Arizona License Violations
(ARS Title 28; scroll to sections 28-3471 to 28-3483)
Arkansas Driver's license required
(AR Code section 27-16-602)
California Violation of License Provisions
(California Vehicle Code sections 14600 to 14611)
Colorado Licenses for drivers required
(CRS section 42-2-101)
Connecticut Motor vehicle operator's license
(GSC section 14-36)
Delaware Driving without a license
(DE Code Title 21, section 2701)
District of Columbia Operation without permit prohibited
(DC Code section 50-1401.01)
Florida Drivers must be licensed; penalties
(FS section 322.03)
Georgia Valid driver's license required
(Georgia Code section 40-5-20)
Hawaii Licensing
(HRS section 286-102)
Idaho Drivers to be licensed
(ID Statutes section 49-301)
Illinois Violation of License Provisions
(625 ILCS 5/6-301 to 5/6-308)
Indiana Driver's Licenses: General Penalty Provisions
(Indiana Code Title 9, Article 24, Ch. 18)
Driver's Licenses: Penalty Provisions for Operating a Motor Vehicle With Suspended or Revoked Driving Privileges, Licenses, or Permits
(Indiana Code Title 9, Article 24, Ch. 19)
Iowa Operators licensed
(IA Code section 321.174)
Kansas Licenses required
(KS Statutes section 8-235)
Kentucky Operators' licenses
(KRS Chapter 186; scroll to section 186.410)
Unlawful to drive or permit another to drive without
(KRS Chapter 186; scroll to section 186.620)
Louisiana Driver must be licensed
(LRS section 32:52)
Maine License required
(MRS Title 29-A, section 1251)
Maryland Drivers must be licensed
(MD Transportation Code section 16-101)
Massachusetts Operation of motor vehicle without license
(90 MGL section 10)
Michigan Violation of license provisions
(MI Vehicle Code sections 257.324 to 257.329)
Minnesota License required
(MN Statutes section 171.02)
Mississippi Requirement of motor vehicle operator's license
(MS Code section 63-1-5)
Missouri Operation of motor vehicle without proper license prohibited
(MRS section 302.020)
Montana Drivers to be licensed--penalty
(MCA section 61-5-102)
Nebraska Operator's license required
(R.R.S. Nebr. section 60-484)
Nevada Licensing of drivers required
(NRS section 483.230)
New Hampshire License required; penalty
(NH Statutes section 263:1)
New Jersey Licensing of drivers
(NJ Statutes section 39:3-10)
New Mexico Drivers must be licensed
(NMS section 66-5-2)
New York Licensing of drivers; violations
(NY Vehicle & Traffic Code section 509)
North Carolina Issuance and renewal of drivers licenses
(NCGS section 20-7)
North Dakota Operators must be licensed
[PDF] (ND Code Chapter 39-06; scroll to section 39-06-01)
Ohio Operation without valid license prohibited
(ORC section 4507.02)
Oklahoma Class requirements for driver licenses
(OK Statutes section 47-6-101)
Oregon Driving Privileges and Identification Cards
(OR Vehicle Code Chapter 807)
Pennsylvania Licensing of Drivers: Violations
(PA Vehicle Code Chapter 15; scroll to Subchapter C)
Rhode Island License required to drive
(RI Code section 31-10-1)
License to be carried and exhibited on demand
(RI Code section 31-10-27)
South Carolina Driver's license required
(SC Code Title 56, Ch. 1; scroll to section 56-1-20)
South Dakota Prohibition against driving without license
(SD Laws section 32-12-22)
Driving while license is revoked, suspended, or canceled
(SD Laws section 32-12-65)
Tennessee License required
(TN Code section 55-50-301)
Texas Driver's Licenses and Certificates
(TX Transportation Code Chapter 521)
Utah Operating motor vehicle without license or registration
(UT Code section 41-12a-603)
Vermont License required
(23 VSA section 601)
Virginia Driving without license prohibited; penalties
(VA Code section 46.2-300)
Washington Driving without a license--misdemeanor
(RCW section 46.20.005)
Driving without a license--traffic infraction
(RCW section 46.20.015)
West Virginia Drivers must be licensed
(WV Code section 17B-2-1)
Wisconsin Operators to be licensed; exceptions
(WI Code section 343.05)
Wyoming License required; limited to one license
(WY Statutes section 31-7-106)

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