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In Texas how much is a ticket for driving without a license?


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As you are aware driving without a valid license is against the law in Texas. chapter 521 of the TX Transportation code gives information on the offense and penalties associated with a conviction of this violation.

Section 521.021 of the transportation code is title License Required. Here it states that a person, other than a person expressly exempted under this chapter, may not operate a motor vehicle on a highway in this state unless the person holds a driver's license issued under this chapter.

If you go on to read more of Chapter 521 you will find that it notes that being cited for a first time offense of driving without a license in TX you will get a fine of up to $200. This section of Texas law does go on to show that if you continue to drive without a license and get cited the penalties get more severe for instance being convicted for a third time of this offense can get you a fine of up to $500 and confinement in the county jail for not less than 72 hours or more than six months.

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The state of Texas will collect more money above the fine amount though. Texas has a Driver Responsibility Program which assesses fees for a variety of driving-related offenses. With this assessment program surcharges are due every year for three years for certain convictions of Texas laws. Driving without a valid license comes with a surcharge amount of $100 per year.

The exact amount of the fine would be up to the judge in jurisdiction where the ticket was received for driving without a valid license. So if you were cited for driving without a valid license in Texas you should contact the court listed on the ticket to find out what the total cost of the ticket will be for operating a car as an unlicensed driver. The court can also tell you what other penalties you may be facing at your court date besides the fine.


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2 Responses to "In Texas how much is a ticket for driving without a license?"
  1. randy

    How much is a ticket for driving without a license in Colorado and having an accident?

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  2. Visitor

    Direct and accurate information. A rarity indeed - thank you.

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