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What is the penalty for a tourist caught driving without a license? Should a lawyer be contacted for a court hearing scheduled?


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If you are a tourist or visitor to the United States and found to be driving without a license the penalty will vary depending on what state the violation occurred. States have different types of penalties for this type of citation. If you are a foreigner tourist just visiting the U.S. it is likely that the penalty would include a fine. Before contacting a lawyer you can contact the court or other entity listed on the citation to find out what the possible penalties could be. After receiving that information you might decide the best course of action is to acquire legal counsel.

As a foreign tourist coming to the U.S., one needs a valid driver's license from their home country to drive on the roadways. It is usually helpful to also obtain an international driver's license or permit. One is not required to have this permit but it is written in several languages and verifies that you hold a valid license in your home country, which can help the law enforcement officer to be more informed if you are stopped.

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