What happens if I drive without a license in New York?

Do I need to get my license renewed? Usually, I'm able to take public transportation, but occasionally I borrow my boyfriend's car to visit my parents. Am I covered under my parents' car insurance?

“Yes, you need a valid license to drive in New York.
According to the vehicle traffic code, driving without a license in New York is a serious misdemeanor offense that carries a penalty of a fine between $75 to $300, jail time of up to 15 days, or both.
While you’ll likely be covered to some extent under your parents’ car insurance policy, if you’re driving–even occasionally–you should ask to be added as a driver. You can also purchase your own insurance policy, like non-owners car insurance.”
Sophie Newman
Answered on Jul 28, 2021
Sophie Newman is a writer from California. Her hobbies include brewing her own kombucha, riding horses, and taking long road trips.

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