Will a police officer accept a picture as proof of a valid driver's license?

Will a police officer accept a picture on my phone or a photocopy of my license as proof that I have a valid license? I always seem to be forgetting my wallet or losing it somewhere. My license is active, I just don't want to be hassled if get stopped one day.

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“A police officer may use a picture of your driver’s license as a way to run the license number to see if it is valid, but this is not common.
A driver is required to keep an active license with them any time they are driving a car.
The concept of an mDLs (mobile driver’s license) is still in its infancy and isn’t accepted anywhere just yet. Currently, Iowa and Florida are the only states working on a contract to get this initiative up and going.
In the meantime, if you do seem to forget your license a lot, keeping a copy on your phone is a great idea. Depending on the situation, the officer may use the number to verify that the license is active and you will be on your way.
This would be a courtesy and in most cases, drivers get a ticket for not having the license on hand and for the reason they were pulled over.
Rather than just keeping it in the photo section of your phone, another great option is to download the free Jerry.
The Jerry app has a great feature where you can upload photos and documentation to view them 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 and let the officer see that you also have valid insurance all in one place.”
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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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