What happens if you’re caught driving with just a permit?

I just got my permit last week and I’m so excited to drive solo! The grocery store is pretty close and I could probably make it there without getting caught. What happens if you’re caught driving with just a permit?

Melanie Johnson · Answered on Feb 18, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Congratulations on getting your permit! Please don’t make me your accomplice.Driving without a license is illegal, and if you’re caught driving with just a permit you could face a fine, an infraction on your driving record, and your vehicle may be impounded.
Possible penalties for driving without a license:
  • Fines—will vary by state
  • Infraction or misdemeanor charge on your driving record
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Community service
Remember, with a permit you’re only allowed to drive with a licensed driver beside you. I know you’re excited to drive solo, but wait until you have your license to do so.
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