Driving without a (copy of my) driver's license
March 26, 2012 4:01 PM Subscribe
I'm taking a road trip from New Mexico to Washington state tonight and tomorrow. Although I am officially licensed to drive by the state of Colorado, I don't have a physical copy of my driver's license. What are the dangers of driving without a copy of my license, and how can I minimize them?
posted by koeselitz to travel & transportation around Missouri (9 answers total)
I moved to New Mexico from Colorado about nine months ago. Just before I moved, I had my Colorado driver's license reinstated. Unfortunately Colorado does not forward driver's licenses, so I never received it in the mail. Being a lazy guy who doesn't think about this stuff as much as I should, I just let it go, knowing that technically I was licensed, and knowing that I don't drive very much since I work at home.
However, now I'm going on a road trip to Washington state, so I wanted to try to get my New Mexico license. It's easy on the New Mexico end - they just need my Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) from Colorado and some documents which I have in front of me. However, it's very difficult to get Colorado to fax an MVR. I struggled all day on the phone with them, but to no avail.
It's my understanding that driving without a copy of your license can get you a ticket; is this correct? If it's just a ticket, I think I can chance it. Is there anything more that could happen?
For what it's worth, we'll be driving in New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, and Washington.