Is driving an unregistered vehicle a moving violation?

I was recently pulled over and the officer showed me that my registration had expired. Is it a moving violation to drive an unregistered vehicle?

Matt Nightingale · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
No—driving an unregistered vehicle is not considered a moving violation. Moving violations are offenses that occur while your car is moving, such as speeding, failure to signal, and intoxicated driving. In a state that uses a demerit point licensing system, these types of violations will add points to your driving record.
Non-moving violations, on the other hand, are offenses that occur when your car is not moving. Non-moving violations include:
  • Parking violations
  • Failure to renew your registration
  • Driving without insurance
  • Missing license plate
These types of offenses are typically not a reflection of your driving competence, but there are a few grey areas. For example, some states consider seatbelt violations to be moving violations while others do not.
Driving without a valid registration does not affect your
car insurance
. Insurance providers are not concerned with whether the vehicle is registered and only concerned with who owns the vehicle and whether insurance premiums are being paid on time and in full.
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