Driving Without a Valid Driver’s License in Florida

Traffic Ticket Attorneys Orlando

Everyone knows you need a driver’s license to legally drive. However, many people drive even when they do not have a valid license. When this happens, and you are caught by the police, you need legal help.

The state of Florida sets strict laws regarding driving without a valid license, motor vehicle operators must have a valid driver’s license. Many residents do not understand the seriousness of being caught without a valid driver’s license. It is important to be informed as the consequences of this situation can be life changing.

Driving In Florida Without A Valid License

Florida statutes specify that drivers must have a valid driver’s license to drive on Florida highways. There are three principles to understand. The first is that the definition of valid means a license that is still active. Therefore, expired, canceled, revoked or suspended driver’s licenses are not considered to be valid. Also, it is important to have the right type of license for the vehicle being driven. For example, motorcycle authorization is needed to operate motorcycles. Likewise a commercial license is needed for commercial vehicle operation.

Penalties For Driving Without a Driver’s License in Florida

  • Driving without a valid driver’s license in Florida is a criminal offense; it is a misdemeanor in the second degree. In fact, drivers can lose their driving privileges. Without help to fight these charges a driver’s criminal record will be affected.
  • No valid driver’s license also faces a situation regarding whether or not the individual had knowledge of this designation. There is no “I didn’t know” defense.
  • Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles record of the driver’s license status is the sole evidence for conviction. A driver may provide evidence prior to his or her court date to prove innocence if his or her license was active during the arrest. A small fee will be charged for the dismissal.

Recent Case Result

Suspended License Case Dropped

A client of The Umansky Law Firm was charged with Driving While License Suspended. Attorney Zahra Umansky put together a compelling defense and showed proof to the Prosecutor and to the Judge that the client had her driver’s license reinstated after the stop. Attorney Umansky got the court to dismiss criminal charges against our client. To view more Driving Related cases, visit The Umansky Law Firm’s verdicts & settlements page.

Charged For Driving Without A License?

Criminal offenses are damaging to a person’s record. This is why it is important to take this charge seriously and hire a private attorney. Employment, insurance premiums and other important life functions can be affected by a criminal conviction. Our attorneys can help a driver regain his or her driving privileges and convert criminal charges to civil infractions.

At The Umansky Law Firm, our traffic ticket lawyers are able to help drivers facing charges of no valid driver’s license. We have more than 60 years of combined experience handling all types of traffic cases, including ones dealing with driver’s licenses.

Don’t be caught operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license on Florida’s highways. If you do, get in touch with our traffic violation lawyers immediately for best results with your case. Contact us online now or call us at 407-228-3838.

Recent Criminal
Case Results

Burglary of Dwelling; Petit Theft

Withhold with 6 months probation and impulse control; adjudication withheld

Grand Theft ($300-$5000)

Nolle Prosequi-Case Dropped

CT-Driving Under the Influence Car (M1)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

CT- Driving under the influence car

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Grand Theft Third Degree

Adjudicated Guilty; One day jail/one day time serve; Restitution fees; Court Cost

Petit Theft < 300

We negotiated an agreement that entailed the State dropping the charge after our client completed a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. The Charge was dropped via a Nolle Prosequi.

Unlawful Speeding

Withhold of Adjudication; No points on license; Paid fine and clerk cost; 8 hour aggressive driver class; 90 days to satisfy fine and class

Shoot/Throw Missile Into Dwell/Struct/Veh; Child Abuse; Criminal Mischief; Battery (Domestic Violence)

No Information Notice - Charges Dropped

Attach Tag/Lic Plate To Unassigned Vehicle (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

DUI with Minor In Car or BAL of .20 or Higher

Pled No Contest, 1 Year Probation, 10 day Car Impound, Community Service

Motion to Modify Probation

Motion Granted in 48 hours

Petit Theft

Adjudication Withheld, 4 Months probation, Costs/Fines, Impulse Control Class

Petit Theft of $100 or MORE (M1)

Nolle Prosequi

Refuse To Submit To DUI Test (M1)

Case Dropped

Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (F3); Disorderly Conduct (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped


Charges Dropped

Scheme to Defraud(F3); Grand Theft(F3)

Motion to Terminate Probation Granted

Unlawful Speed


Failed to Yield at Intersection

Not Guilty

Leave Scene Of A Crash W/Property Damage (M2)

Case Dropped

Motion to Modify and Impose a Withhold of Adjudication


Attempted Burglary of a Conveyance

Charges dropped

Possession of Cannabis (less than 20 grams)

Charges dropped


Reduced to reckless driving

Possession of Alcohol Under the Age of 21

Charges dropped

Driving Under the Influence

Reduced to Reckless Driving

Violation of Probation

Case Dismissed

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