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California Department of Motor Vehicles has issued and mailed

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California Department of Motor Vehicles has issued and mailed me a temporary license. However, my old driver license is already expired. While the new temporary license is on its way, am I legal to drive?

Dimitry K., Esq. :

Thank you for your question.

Dimitry K., Esq. :

Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.

Dimitry K., Esq. :

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Customer:

yup

Dimitry K., Esq. :

Great!

Dimitry K., Esq. :

Until you formally obtain a license in hand, driving without one is still a violation.

Dimitry K., Esq. :

the temporary license is only good once received, and if your current license expired, upon being pulled voer, an officer can still issue you a fine.

Dimitry K., Esq. :

I agree that it is highly unlikely the officer would cite, but he can do so. This is why perhaps waiting is a good idea

Customer:

Is that also true in colorado? I have a California Driver License but I drive in Colorado

Dimitry K., Esq. :

That is true in all states. You must present a valid copy (not an expired one), or else you are deemed to drive without a license

Customer:

Can I get any approval from the CA DMV electronically so I can drive before receiving the temporary?

Dimitry K., Esq. :

What some may do is print out a temporary license that is good enough until the real one comes in the mail

Dimitry K., Esq. :

perhaps such an option can be pursued with the California DMV

Dimitry K., Esq. :

That would then be sufficient.

Customer:

ok, i will try to contact them on monday

Dimitry K., Esq. :

Great!

Dimitry K., Esq. :

Is there anything else I can answer for you at this time?

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