In Florida, a No Valid Driver’s License charge is based on someone operating a vehicle without being properly licensed. Unlike a DWLS charge, a NVDL charge is reserved for those people who have never had a license. Section 322.03(1).

A No Valid Driver’s License charge often affects foreigners and illegal immigrants and can create a permanent criminal record where there once was none.


Different defenses are available depending on the facts of the case, however, not every case will have a defense. The defenses can be legal or factual in nature such as:

  • Unlawful traffic stop;

  • Valid license;

  • Non-resident.


A NVDL charge is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by:

  • 60 days in jail; or

  • 6 months probation; and

  • $500 fine.

Unlike a DWLS charge, convictions for NVDL do not count towards classifying someone as a Habitual Traffic Offender.

Being charged with NVDL and not being represented can have a long-lasting effect. Not only will a conviction create a permanent criminal record but for those illegal immigrants there can be deportation issues.


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