What happens if you get caught driving without license

What happens if you get caught driving without license

A license is definitely on the top of the must-have lists of every driver whenever they go out. Driving without a license is strictly prohibited as it serves as proof that you are knowledgeable enough to drive a motor vehicle and know the safety precautions on the road.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Why is it important to always bring your driver's license?

    If you violated a traffic law, the first thing that traffic enforcers will ask you is your driver’s license. If you are not able to present it, you will also be apprehended for driving without a license aside from the traffic law that you initially violated.
  • How much is the fine for driving without a license?

    The penalty for driving without a license is a hefty P3,000.
  • It must also be carried around by every driver and simply forgetting it at home will not exempt you from penalties.

    Importance of driver’s license

    If you violated a traffic law, the first thing that traffic enforcers will ask you is your driver’s license. If you are not able to present it, you will also be apprehended for driving without a license aside from the traffic law that you initially violated.

    Traffic apprehension (Photo from Philippine News Agency)

    Penalties for driving without license

    The penalty for driving without a license is a hefty P3,000. Carrying an expired, suspended, revoked, or fake driver’s license is also punishable under this violation.

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    Those who have a student permit will also be penalized with the same fine when caught driving without being accompanied by someone who has a non-professional or a professional driver’s license.

    If you are caught carrying an expired or fake driver’s license among a few other things, your vehicle can get impounded or towed as you are not legally allowed to drive the vehicle that you are using. Towing or impounding the vehicle is the most logical option in this case since there is no authorized person to drive it.

    The following license-related violations can get your vehicle impounded:

    • Improper use of drivers license
    • Expired drivers license
    • Fake drivers license or Ordinance Violation Receipt (OVR)
    • Expired Traffic Violation Receipt
    • Tampered documents pertaining to franchising, registration, and licensing

    All these violations are equivalent to driving without license.

    To avoid these penalties, always remember to bring your driver’s license wherever you go and make sure to observe other traffic rules and regulations.

    Photos by Dylan Afuang, Philippine News Agency, and Roy Robles

    Hazel Nicole Carreon

    Hazel Nicole Carreon

    Hazel is a news and feature writer for ZigWheels Philippines. She studied communication at De La Salle Lipa, where she was exposed to writing about various topics, which later has become her passion and now her career.

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