Penalty for Driving Without a License in Florida

By Denise Sullivan
Carry your driver's license when operating a vehicle in Florida to avoid fines and jail time.

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Section 322.03 of the Florida State Statutes lays out the penalties for driving without a valid driver's license. The prosecutor is not required to prove knowledge of the lack of a valid driver's license. Foreign tourists are allowed to drive with only a valid driver's license from their home country. The law was modified in 2013 to remove the International Driving Permit requirement to make it easier for tourists to get around when visiting Florida.

Fines and Penalties

Driving without a license is a second degree criminal misdemeanor. The fines range from $63 for failing to renew an existing license to $5,000 for repeat offenders. Jail time may also be required for each subsequent offense. The length of the jail sentence depends on the severity of the offense, with most falling between 60 days and five years.

Suspended or Revoked License

Driving with a suspended or revoked license carries greater penalties than simply driving without a valid license. These offenses add to your Habitual Traffic Offender count. If you get three HTO convictions within a five year period, your driver's license will be revoked for the next five years. The third offense after revocation is a felony.

About the Author

Denise Sullivan has been writing professionally for more than five years after a long career in business. She has been published on Yahoo! Voices and other publications. Her areas of expertise are business, law, gaming, home renovations, gardening, sports and exercise.

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