While driving without a valid driver’s license may seem like a very minor driving offense, Idaho has made it a misdemeanor to drive with an invalid driver’s license.
No one wants a misdemeanor on their permanent record for simply forgetting to renew their driver’s license. Misdemeanor convictions can have negative long-term consequences on your life. Like any misdemeanor, you should seek the assistance of an experienced Boise, Nampa, or Caldwell criminal defense attorney to reduce or dismiss the charge. In many instances, a charge of invalid license can be reduced to an infraction or be dismissed with the assistance of an experienced Boise criminal defense attorney. At Martens Law Office, P.C., our lawyer has successfully represented hundreds of individuals charged with invalid license, otherwise known as driving while invalid.
Like most states, Idaho requires that every driver purchase and possess a valid driver’s license if they intend to drive on any public highway or road. In addition, if there are any restrictions on a person’s driver’s license they must conform to those restrictions. One example of a restriction would be the requirement to drive with contact lenses or glasses.
In the case of a minor, the minor may be restricted to driving only during daylight hours.
Additionally, Idaho law may require additional endorsements. For example, in Idaho, it is required that everyone operating a motorcycle obtain a motorcycle endorsement. In the case of truck drivers, the truck driver must obtain a commercial driver’s license. Everyone, including truck drivers, must surrender their out-of-state driver’s license and be issued a new Idaho driver’s license within thirty days of establishing a domicile or residency in Idaho.
Penalties For Driving While Invalid In Idaho
Violation of the requirement that all drivers operate their cars, trucks, motorcycles or commercial vehicles with a valid driver’s license is a general misdemeanor in Idaho. A general misdemeanor carries with it the possibility of up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor offense of driving while invalid, driving without privileges, driving without insurance or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, contact our firm today to discuss your rights and options. We can be contacted at 208-435-1132 or you can email us.