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Not Everyone Has to Have a Valid Drivers’ License to Drive in Virginia

Darwyn L. Easley
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Attorney and Counsellor at Law

It makes sense that you would have to possess a valid Virginia drivers’ license in order to drive in the state. After all, you want to share the road with people that you know underwent the proper testing to ensure that they are capable of driving in a safe manner.

If you are found guilty of driving without a license, you can face serious penalties, including jail time, hefty fines, license suspension, and a permanent mark on your record.

Some Exceptions Exist

Although Virginia Code 46.2-300 states that you can’t drive on a Virginia road without a state license, some exemptions do exist. If you are one of these drivers, you may not face charges if found doing so. Here are a few examples:

  • Farm and construction equipment. Those who drive farm or construction equipment, such as tractors and road rollers, do not need licenses to get behind the wheel.
  • Visiting non-resident. Visitors to Virginia that have valid drivers’ licenses from their home states or countries are typically permitted to drive without a Virginia drivers’ licenses.
  • Military personnel. Active duty military personnel, their spouses, and their children over the age of 16 are permitted to drive without Virginia licenses, provided they have valid licenses from their home countries or states. Additionally, persons in the military who are driving military vehicles can drive without Virginia drivers’ licenses.
  • New residents. Virginia gives those who are new to the state temporary 60-day exemptions from obtaining licenses. Once that period is over, these drivers are expected to obtain Virginia drivers’ licenses, and will face penalties if they don’t.

When You Need Help

If you are caught driving without a license, contact the Easley Law Firm. We may be able to help you out of your situation, or help you receive a better outcome than you would on your own. Call 888-386-3898 to speak with an experienced attorney about your situation.


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