In New Jersey, it is illegal to drive without a driver’s license. There are two types of unlicensed driving, and they both carry vastly different penalties. Read on to learn more about driving without a license in New Jersey, the potential penalties, and what to do if you are pulled over without your license.
License Not in Possession
Accidents happen. Maybe you left the house in a rush and forgot to grab your wallet, therefore leaving your license behind. If you have a valid driver’s license, but your license on your person and you are pulled over, you may face a small fine. Driving with a suspended license is a very different situation.
Driving With a Suspended License
If you drive knowing that your license is suspended, or you should reasonably be aware that your license was suspended, this is a serious offense. There was likely a serious reason that caused your license suspension, and you are ignoring court orders. If you are pulled over driving with a suspended or revoked license, you may face the following penalties:
- First-time offenses are punishable by a $500 fine, as well as a license suspension for up to 6 months.
- Those facing a second offense can be charged a $750 fine, an extended license suspension up to 6 additional months, and possible jail time of up to 5 days.
- Third or subsequent offenders may face a $1,000 fine, an additional license suspension up to 6 months, and possible jail time of up to 10 days.
New Jersey’s New Exception
At the moment, teenagers in New Jersey who passed their road test will not have to get a driver’s license. Instead, they will be able to use a validated learner’s permit as a temporary license. This was done to avoid long lines and crowds at the MVC during COVID-19.
If you or a loved one is found to be driving without a license, you should reach out to a skilled traffic violation attorney. An attorney can help to lower your fines and explore all of your possible options.
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