A: In order to drive a motor vehicle on any Michigan public roads and highways, a driver must possess a valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle registration and insurance. If you are stopped and don’t have your driver’s license physically on you, then you could be charged with a Misdemeanor criminal violation for “Failed to Display a Valid License.”
The ticket is 0 points, but as a Misdemeanor, it is an arrestable offense. Even if the cop does not elect to arrest you, you will still be required to appear in court and, if convicted, the charge will be reported on both your public criminal record and your master driving record.
Pro-Tip: Be cordial with the police officer and explain the situation if it was an honest mistake. Don’t argue about the ticket, save that for your attorney. By going to court on the ticket, you and your attorney have the opportunity to negotiate with the prosecuting attorney to settle the case in a more reasonable fashion. Call our office and let’s keep things in perspective so you don’t end up having a criminal record for forgetting your wallet at home.