What happens if I get caught driving before I have a license?

What kind of trouble will I get into if the police pull me over for driving without a license? I want to practice my driving, but my parents never have time to take me. I know I am a pretty good driver from the few times they have let me drive, but I want to get more practice time in. I don't think I will have an accident but what would happen if I get caught?

“Getting ready for your first driver’s license is an exciting time, but don’t let the repercussions of driving without a parent or guardian ruin it.
Even if you don’t have a driver’s license yet, you can still receive speeding tickets and other moving violations. It will go under your name and be on file with the DMV.
Most states have determined that driving without a license is a misdemeanor; however the consequences vary greatly depending on where you live. For example, if you live in Oklahoma, the fine for the first incident is only $50.
If you live in a state like Indiana, it is much different! Indiana considers this a felony and will issue jail time between six months and two years, along with a ticket up to $10,000.
Other states will have you file an SR-22 (certificate of financial responsibility) and pay an additional fine every year for three years.
As you can see, it can really add up. This is in addition to how much your parents will have to pay just to add a youthful driver to their policy.
It is best to talk to your parents and let them know how seriously you are taking the driving lessons. Maybe they can enroll you in an additional driver safety course so you can have more time on the road.
You can also show them the different ways they can save on their insurance policy by using the free Jerry app. Jerry collects auto and home quotes from over 50 companies and brings the lowest available rates right to your phone.”
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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