Do the police automatically know if you have an active driver's license?

If I get pulled over by the police when I don't have my driver's license with me, is that a big deal? I thought they could just look my information up with my plate number or my name and address. Is this something they can give you a ticket for?

Answer
“Legally you are required to keep your driver’s license with you anytime you’re operating a motor vehicle. If you forget it one day, it might not be a huge deal, but it certainly won’t be pleasant.
The officer may let you off with a warning if you happen to have your driver’s license number memorized. If they can verify that you are who you say you are and have an active license, this is much more likely to happen.
But how many people know their license number and can easily recite it during a moment of stress? Not many.
In most cases, you will be issued a ticket. As long as you make it to your court date with your active driver’s license, the ticket can be reduced or dismissed.
One really great option around this issue is to download the free Jerry app. Jerry shops for a competitive insurance rate with over 50 companies and delivers the lowest price to your phone.
Jerry also enables you to upload photos and documentation to view in the app whenever they are needed. This is a secure place to store a picture of your driver’s license just in case.”
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Shannon Martin
Answered on Jul 27, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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