“How much trouble you can get in will depend on your state’s rules, the police officer’s discretion, and if the status of your driver’s license.
In most cases, if you tell the officer that you forgot your license at home
, you will be issued a fix-it ticket.
This allows you to appear in court with your driver’s license to prove that you indeed had an active driver’s license when you were stopped. At this point the ticket may be dismissed or reduced.
This is the best-case scenario.
If it is found that your license is invalid, it would be a whole different situation. Depending on your state you can:
It would be in your best interest to get a replacement driver’s license as soon as possible. The police can locate you in their database as long as you know your driver’s license number.
If you tend to lose or forget your driver’s license a lot, consider keeping a picture of it in your phone. A great option is to store a picture of your license in a secure, car-based app like Jerry
. Storing a picture in a secure app on your phone could save you money and a headache with the law enforcement in your new home town.”