Friday, February 14, 2014

Ithaca Lawyer: Can You Drive on a Foreign Driver's License with a Suspended New York State Privilege?

People confuse physical documents with actual privileges and protection daily. Just because you have an insurance card does not mean your insurance is in effect and valid. Just because you have a driver's license from a state does not mean it allows you to drive in that state or any other. Just because you have any document from any country does not mean that the paper carries any weight anywhere BECAUSE it is what is behind and in back of the documents that give (or imbue) them with any power or authority.

A Driving Privilege = A License to Drive 

If you drive in the state of New York, and
you incur a violation, and
you DO NOT address it (deal with it)
then you will most assuredly be suspended.


You are now in the system as a violator who is irresponsible. This is sometimes referred to as a person who is a SCOFFLAW.   A person who SCOFFS the law.

It is an old prohibition term (1920 to 1933) for those that used to drink during a time when our country made alcohol illegal. Thank god that's over, but anyway, it is a person who doesn't follow the law. It is a person who "mocks the law or ridicules the law or flouts the law or fails to answer summons or pay fines."

If someone comes to New York from any state or nation they can drive on the license from that place legally. They will be afforded NYS driving privileges.

They may choose to apply for a NYS license or permit but regardless IF they violate the law they must comply or else they lose their privileges. Their license from any other place is now worthless here because in NYS the person with their name, date of birth, and social security (if any) is NOW a Violator, A SCOFFLAW.


If a scofflaw drives and is now stopped by the police they will then be charged with AUO 3rd.
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle in the 3rd degree, a criminal misdemeanor.

 Always consult with an attorney about any criminal or non-criminal charges you have pending to discuss your options and/or defenses.

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