I just got my license, but I’m a little afraid to drive. I don’t want to get into an accident—and I live in California where I’ve heard there are a lot of unlicensed drivers. How many unlicensed drivers are there?
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Congratulations on getting your driver’s license! I completely understand the apprehension, and you’re right—there are a lot of unlicensed drivers out there. In 2003, the L.A. Times estimated that there were 2 million unlicensed drivers in California. This number is hard to accurately estimate since many unlicensed drivers are not identified.
Penalties for driving without a license include:
Fines—in California, it could be as much as $1,000
Infraction or misdemeanor charge on your driving record
The penalties are severe in order to discourage driving without a license.
Good luck out there! If you need some tips for keeping calm behind the wheel, check out my answer to
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