I live in CA and I was pulled over by a cop without any apparent reason.
I was driving with a foreign international DL. He gave me a citation to appear in court. And on top of that he added that I was using my cellphone while driving, and by the way that statement is absolutely false. My car has Bluetooth technology.
Trying to get my CA DL. But in the mean time, can I still drive with my international DL?
Is my car flagged?
Possibly. My colleague provided you with the relevant statutes. You can only be domiciled in one place, so I you are a resident of California, you're no longer a resident of a foreign jurisdiction and, hence, not permitted to driver without a valid CA driver's license. As far as the ticket, it's an infraction. You can plead no contest and pay the fine, which will probably be reduced if you appear at court. Conversely, you can fight the ticket. If you choose the latter, I suggest you speak with a traffic attorney. Good luck.
Consider the California Vehicle Code 12502:
"12502. (a) The following persons may operate a motor vehicle in
this state without obtaining a driver's license under this code:
(1) A nonresident over the age of 18 years having in his or her
immediate possession a valid driver's license issued by a foreign
jurisdiction of which he or she is a resident, except as provided in
"12504. (a) Sections 12502 and 12503 apply to any nonresident over
the age of 16 years but under the age of 18 years. The maximum period
during which that nonresident may operate a motor vehicle in this
state without obtaining a driver's license is limited to a period of
10 days immediately following the entry of the nonresident into this
state except as provided in subdivision (b) of this section."
12505 covers residency:
"12505. (a) (1) For purposes of this division only and
notwithstanding Section 516, residency shall be determined as a
person's state of domicile. "State of domicile" means the state where
a person has his or her true, fixed, and permanent home and
principal residence and to which he or she has manifested the
intention of returning whenever he or she is absent."
Please check out the link below because there are a lot of ways prima facie residency is established. I think you need to read this code section and get your license ASAP. If they didn't cite you for driving without a license this time, they might next time.
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