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 Is it illegal to drive without physically having your license?
Gator96  [Member]
6/10/2007 2:23:06 PM
My wallet was stolen while out of the country this past week. There was no cash inside, pretty much only my license, debit card, and super combo license, and a Texoma fishing license. Already got the debit card canceled, but I work pretty much everyday for the next couple of weeks and was curious if you could drive without having your license with you. I know my DL# and obviously my info, but is this something that I need if I have one on file? And does anyone know the process for getting a hunting/fishing license reissued by the TPWD as well as a hunter education card?
Slappy96  [Team Member]
6/10/2007 2:53:30 PM
I've been pulled over without my license didn't have a problem, just memorize your DL number.
MED-TAC  [Member]
6/10/2007 4:17:07 PM
You dont HAVE to have it, but being the situation you are, Im sure the officer will understand. Dispatch can run you by name and DOB and pretty much know everything about it then. As a CYA thing, you need to contact the DMV in your county and let them know what happened. Also contact the places your other cards were through and notify them.

tvc184  [Member]
6/10/2007 8:17:31 PM
You do have to have your driver's license with you. It is against the law to drive without it and you can be given a citation or even arrested and your car towed. If you can produce the license later in court, it will be dropped. That does not help you at the side of the road on a traffic stop.

I have seen several occasions that a person memorized a friend or family member's license number so just spitting out a number is not a guaranteed problem solver. The officer also does not need to accept that information at the roadside. Most of the time officers will check on the computer to see if they can find your license. That is not required of them. The burden is on the driver.

Most of the time the driver will be allowed to drive away if the officer can verify a license exists and if he believes that it is you. Anyone that tells you that you do not need it is giving you bad information. Like I said, most of the time the officer will run the license and everything will be okay. There are times that the computer is down or the officer just feels like giving you a citation or putting you in jail. About 95% of the time you will be okay without it. The other 5% of the time.................

Go down to your nearest DPS office and get a new license or order one online. It is a few minutes that might save you some heartache and money later.
IShootPics  [Member]
6/10/2007 9:33:11 PM
i'm an idiot sometimes and leave my wallet in my other truck or at home, and have been stopped without my wallet on me.. i usually give them all my info, SSN included, and they usually will let me slide with a warning for not having my license on me. YMMV
retrodog  [Member]
6/11/2007 1:25:10 PM
I keep a photocopy of my DL and various other things in my safety deposit box and/or gun safe. I plan on having a copy of the DL if I ever lose my real one, during the time it takes to get a replacement.

I think they (the cars with computeres) can easily bring up a picture of your DL if they have your personal info so they can tell real quick if you have a license or not. You might want to make sure you have your POI though, as they don't have that on computer.
texantillimdead  [Member]
6/11/2007 2:02:20 PM

Originally Posted By retrodog:
I keep a photocopy of my DL and various other things in my safety deposit box and/or gun safe. I plan on having a copy of the DL if I ever lose my real one, during the time it takes to get a replacement.

I think they (the cars with computeres) can easily bring up a picture of your DL if they have your personal info so they can tell real quick if you have a license or not. You might want to make sure you have your POI though, as they don't have that on computer.


No, we can't bring your picture up, only the Driver License information and your driving history. If someone gives me their DL number, the address on the DL, and some other form of ID, I usually just give them a warning.

It is a traffic violation, Fail to Display DL, TRC 521.025.


Originally Posted By Gator96:
My wallet was stolen while out of the country this past week. There was no cash inside, pretty much only my license, debit card, and super combo license, and a Texoma fishing license. Already got the debit card canceled, but I work pretty much everyday for the next couple of weeks and was curious if you could drive without having your license with you. I know my DL# and obviously my info, but is this something that I need if I have one on file? And does anyone know the process for getting a hunting/fishing license reissued by the TPWD as well as a hunter education card?


Your situation is a valid excuse. Just go get a replacement as soon as you can.
97-silver-z  [Team Member]
6/11/2007 2:04:54 PM

Originally Posted By texantillimdead:

No, we can't bring your picture up, only the Driver License information and your driving history. If someone gives me their DL number, the address on the DL, and some other form of ID, I usually just give them a warning.

It is a traffic violation, Fail to Display DL, TRC 521.025.


+1 here
txharleyrider  [Member]
6/11/2007 9:55:20 PM
I was rearended by a 19 yr old girl on the freeway just last week...she didn't even have a DL and no ticket was issued.
Keith-TX  [Team Member]
6/12/2007 12:19:55 AM
I don't know if it is still in the Texas Traffic Laws ("Transportation Code"), but I used to cite driver with bad attitudes and no in-hand DL's for "fail to display DL upon demand."
JimM44  [Member]
6/12/2007 9:19:56 AM
If you don't do anything to get pulled over what difference does it make?
texantillimdead  [Member]
6/12/2007 11:17:55 AM

Originally Posted By JimM44:
If you don't do anything to get pulled over what difference does it make?


State Law says that you are required to have it with you if are driving. Besides, your vehicle may have an equipment violation that you don't know about. You may get hit by somebody. You may commit a violation that you didn't know existed. All of these are reasons for a traffic stop or a police contact. I could go on, but I think I made my point.
Texas_Infidel  [Team Member]
6/12/2007 11:22:31 AM
Was she hot?



Originally Posted By txharleyrider:
I was rearended by a 19 yr old girl on the freeway just last week...she didn't even have a DL and no ticket was issued.
JimM44  [Member]
6/12/2007 12:54:12 PM
texantillimdead, No state law doesn't, IF you get a drivers license then you AGREE to abide by their RULES & REGULATIONS. If you don't then you have a right to travel under the constitution. I have a friend who belongs to a Constitutional study group that none of them have a Texas drivers license. He beats EVERY ticket, NOT at the local level but on appeal. The local traffic courts are NOT courts of record so nothing is recorded and they IGNORE the law.

There is a State law that you must present valid ID to an officer if he pulls you over but unless you are in a commercial vehicle you don't need a drivers license. He has a Texas state id, and yes the police have written him tickets for no license and for speeding but like I said they ALL get dismissed on appeal.

Losing your drivers license is different then yes he must have it to drive, that's not the same as not having one at all and excersizing your freedom to travel.

Texas does NOT have driving LAWS, they have RULES & REGULATIONS, read their book the speed limits only apply to commercial vehicles. BUT if you get a license then you AGREE to follow their RULES.

Edit: I have a drivers license even though I have read and realize I don't need one to travel, I also don't want to spend the time and money to fight them.
Gator96  [Member]
6/12/2007 5:36:35 PM
Well, FWIW, I made time to go to DPS today and got my temporary license. Interesting point above, but I doubt it, otherwise no one would have DL's and everyone would have an ID card. Now to sort out my hunting and fishing licenses. TPWD sent me a form that I guess I take to Academy and fill out and they reprint my Super Combo for $10, and another $10 for my Texoma license.
nationwide  [Team Member]
6/12/2007 10:05:39 PM
Kind of hard to submit your papers for inspection when you don't have them, eh?

It's a MAJOR DOT violation if I operate a CMV without my DL in my possession. The same as getting popped for DUI