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Baltimore, Maryland Traffic Ticket Attorney | Driving Without a License in Maryland

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What is driving without a license in Maryland?

Driving without a license in Maryland can be distinguished from "failure to display a license." If you have a valid driver's license but simply failed to have it on your person when pulled over, you could only be charged with "failure to display a license." However, if you are charged with "driving without a license" in Maryland, it means as a resident of Maryland or as a resident of another state you do not currently have a valid driver's license.

What is the punishment for driving without a license in Maryland?

Driving or attempting to drive without a license in Maryland carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. A conviction for driving without a license will result in 5 points being assessed. The charge carries more time for subsequent offenders.

Can I just pay a fine online if I've been charged with driving without a license in Maryland?

Because driving without a license is an incarcerable offense, meaning that you can serve jail time if you are found guilty of the charges, it is what is referred to as a "must appear" citation. That means that this citation cannot be disposed of just by paying a fine. A driver that receives a ticket for driving without a license must go to court to resolve their case.

Can I apply for a driver's license if I am an illegal resident in Maryland?

Illegal immigrants in Maryland are now able to obtain what is called a "second-tier" driver's license if they meet certain requirements. These second-tier driver's licenses allow holders to drive on Maryland roads, register their cars, and obtain insurance. However, these licenses are not recognized by federal agencies and cannot be used for identification purposes. The words "Not Acceptable for Federal Purposes" is written across the top of the license.

If I am an Undocumented in Maryland, how do I apply for a second-tier driver's license?

In order for an undocumented immigrant to obtain a second-tier license, an applicant must bring documentation to their driver's license appointment that proves three things: identification, Maryland residency and that the applicant has paid taxes in Maryland or is a dependent of someone who has paid taxes in Maryland for the past two years.

To prove identification, an applicant can submit a passport. If the applicant is unable to provide a passport, the applicant can submit two of the following, one of which should contain a photograph not more than 8 years old:

  • Foreign driver's license
  • Birth certificate
  • Identification card
  • Employment authorization document

To prove Maryland residency, an applicant needs at least two of the following:

  • Maryland vehicle registration or car title
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Life insurance card
  • Property tax bill or receipt
  • Proof of home ownership
  • Mail from a government agency
  • Credit card bill
  • Canceled check

To prove the applicant has paid taxes in Maryland or is a dependent of someone who has paid taxes in Maryland for the past two years, an applicant must provide two years of Maryland tax forms approved by the comptroller.

Should I consult an attorney if I have been charged with driving without a license in Maryland?

If you have been convinced to driving without a license, it is in your best interest to immediately consult an attorney. The highly-skilled, experienced attorneys at Portner & Shure will work diligently to obtain the most favorable results possible for you. For a free consultation, contact a Baltimore traffic ticket attorney at Portner & Shure.

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