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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:10 PM
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Oh crap! My drivers license expired. Is there a grace period for that?
If not, is there a fine? How big?

CRAP!
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:12 PM
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1. If you get caught driving, the fine is kinda pricey. But to renew it when
it is late, at least in my state, the fine is $1.00. No grace period.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:13 PM
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2. I am sure it depends on where you live.
Edited on Wed Apr-08-09 09:17 PM by rurallib
In Iowa I am pretty sure it can be renewed 30 days before or after your birthday.
After that i think you need to take at least the written test over. Possibly both written and driving.
Not sure what it will do to your insurance if you let it expire, though. I surely wouldn't want to get in an accident with an expired license.
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:17 PM
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4. Let's hope that's the case. I'm within a 30 day grace.
Geeze, when they are good for 6 years, how do people remember these things?
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:31 PM
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6. I added a bit to my previous post, mostly to scare you if you don't renew
you're welcome.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:16 PM
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3. In Texas you get a card in the mail and in some cases don't need to go in.
It is no big deal here to let one's license expire, I did that once.



I have a really ugly picture now on my new license.


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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:19 PM
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5. I wish they'd have sent me a reminder. I have to go in for the picture, otherwise I'd do it online.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:35 PM
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8. Do you wear glasses.
If so they may make you take off your glasses.

I look really strange in my new picture without glasses.
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 10:09 PM
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13. Yes, I couldn't possibly drive without them. My last picture was with glasses on.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 12:04 AM
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21. It has something to do with homeland security.
The glasses block you face or some such nonsense.
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vard28 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:33 PM
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7. You better check before you go to the dmv
In Virginia, you have to have a certified copy or the original of your birth certificate with you to renew if you let it expire. No grace period for that here.
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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 10:16 PM
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30. Holy shit! Good thing you brought it up.
Mine expired about two weeks ago! I guess I know what I'm doing tomorrow.
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:44 PM
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9. Drive the speed limit and go get your license renewed.+
Edited on Wed Apr-08-09 09:52 PM by MadMaddie
The DMV is not going to give you a ticket but the police will if they stop you.

Or better yet have a friend or family member drive you to get it renewed.
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:48 PM
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11. The DMV is on my list of first place to go next. I'm googling for their hours now.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 09:46 PM
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10. Yes, I can fix that for you, It will only cost you $100
Seriously, go online, you might be able to renew it online with a minimal late charge.
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 10:14 PM
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15. No way to do it online because they have to take a picture.
So I'll pretty up and do it next thing. My last pic was crap.

If I get arrested on the way, I'll give you a call. :scared:
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 10:06 PM
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12. I think that it varies from state to state...
Years ago, I forgot to renew mine and was sent a postcard stating that if I didn't get mine renewed within 10 days, there would be a warrant out for my arrest. :wtf: Had no fine, though.
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 10:10 PM
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14. I'm all over it. My next errand.
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Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 10:17 PM
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16. That happenned to me about four years ago.
I haven't driven since.

I don't miss it.

And, no, there is probably not a grace period.

:hi:

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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 10:41 PM
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17. Well, might as well pretty up and go take my lumps.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 10:43 PM
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18. No, worse. You'll get a summons to court for driving with an expired license
Look for cops, pull into a parking lot quick if you see one behind you. Don't pass speed traps if possible. Get to the RMV quick and pay your fines, it's your cheapest option.
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 06:17 PM
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27. $20 for the license and no fines. I lucked out.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 10:11 PM
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28. Good
The court system for traffic violations is really nothing more than a money filter for the town anyway. The only time I was ever in court for anything, was traffic stuff. I was nailed for no insurance, suspended license, and something else which I forgot. The fine was less than what I had to pay to get my car out of the impound lot. The cop who booked me was all about "Dude, I just ruined your day", and I was like "How's that", and he read off all the charges, but I ripped a huge fart in my car just before I got out, and his buddy dove in headfirst to look for contraband and got a mouthful. The look on his face once he pulled back was worth the fine :evilgrin:
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Lethe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-08-09 11:05 PM
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19. expired license = no license
technically and legally no institutions will recognize it (the bank, the liquor store, etc)

you can go to jail for driving with an expired license (it's happened to a couple people i know in texas, not sure about your state)
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 12:02 AM
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20. happened to me once and i was out of state
in college. so i mailed the renewal and they told me once they got it it was renewed even if i didn't get it back from them yet.
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 05:18 PM
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22. UPDATE: I have a brand spankin' new license!
No fines, it's good for 5 years.

They did have me take off my glasses for the picture. Must be that homeland security thing someone mentioned up thread.

I'm good to go now!

:bounce:
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 05:30 PM
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23. Check your state's website
You can find it at www.state.__.us (replace the underlines with your two-letter state code). There should be a link to your state's DMV and/or Dept of Public Safety. You should be able to find the rules for renewal there. Good luck!
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 06:14 PM
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25. See my update. I renewed this afternoon with no fines.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 06:06 PM
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24. No, you are totally screwn.
The fine is a brazillion dollars.
And you'll have to serve not less than 10 years in jail.
In solitary confinement.
On bread and water.
Sunbeam white bread and tap water, not Evian or any of those fancy designer waters.

Sorry, life as you knew it is OVER, FOREVER.
:-(
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 06:16 PM
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26. very funny
:P
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-09-09 10:13 PM
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29. If you turn yourself into the authorities, they may go easy on you.
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