What happens when you are at a police stop and realize you forgot your purse at home?

What happens if you forget your driver's license at home? I forgot my purse on the way to the store the other day. Nothing happened thank goodness, but my husband says he never brings his wallet with him. He just keeps cash in a money clip. I thought you needed to have your license with you when driving a car?

“Tell your husband that as usual, his wife is correct!
All humor aside, you are required to have your driver’s license with you when driving a car. You should always have a picture ID handy for identification purposes in the event of an accident.
This situation is very subjective and the outcome may depend on the police officer. Here are some possible outcomes:
  • The police office gives you a written or verbal warning.
  • The police officer issues a ticket only for what you were pulled over for and a verbal warning about forgetting your license.
  • The police officer gives you a ticket for both the moving violation and for not having your license.
If you are in this situation, the best course of action is to calmly and politely explain the situation to the officer and hope for the best. If you do end up getting a ticket, be aware that your insurance rates may increase.
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Jerry also has a great feature that allows you to upload photos and documentation to view in the app whenever they are needed. This would be a secure place to store a picture of your driver’s license just in case.”
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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