So awhile back I moved to Florida and obtained a Florida driver license. They confiscated my Virginia driver license. I moved back to Virginia and found out they never canceled my license in VA and they never took my Florida license when I got my new VA license. Well now due to some unfortunate events (unpaid court costs and a felony conviction) my VA license has been revoked but my Florida license still says it's valid. My husband is in the military and his state of legal residence is Florida. Can I claim Florida as my state of residence and still use my Florida driver license?
If you license in Florida is valid, you can use it to drive in every state but Virginia. Your privilege to drive in Virginia has been revoked for unpaid court costs. It does not matter if you have a license from another state.
The information provided herein is intended solely for educational purposes and does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please contact a local attorney for assistance with your matter
Yes, you may claim Florida as your state of permanent residence for purposes taxes (due to your husbands active duty status).
No, you may not drive a vehicle in Virginia legally.
Can you get away with it? Sure, perhaps for a while. One accident, ticket, license plate bulb goes out and your house of cards could come crashing down and a trip to jail could come an an inconvenient time.
NOT LEGAL ADVICE, NO ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE ATTACHES, FOR INFORMATION ONLY. DO NOT RELY ON ANY ADVICE YOU RECEIVE FROM ME OR ANY OTHER ATTORNEY IN THIS FORUM. Legal advice comes after a complete review of the facts and relevant documents and an expressed (written) agreement of representation that forms attorney-client confidentiality. Neither of these two events can occur in this forum. Mr. Rafter is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the US Federal Courts in Virginia. His answers to any Avvo question are rooted in general legal principles--NOT your specific state laws. There is no implied or actual attorney-client relationship arising from this education exchange. You should speak with an attorney licensed in your state, to whom you have provided all the facts before you take steps that may impact your legal rights. Mr. Rafter is under no obligation to answer subsequent emails or phone calls related to this or any other matter.
You may not drive in VA, regardless of where you are licensed.
This is just general legal information and not legal advice. It does not constitute attorney-client relationship.
Don't drive in Virginia. Once you pay your court costs and fines, you will still have to pay a reinstatement fee to the Virginia DMV-- even if you don't want a Virginia license. You can't drive on the FL license until you have been reinstated in Virginia.
This forum offers a "quick answer" to a "quick question" but it is not always the best way to consult counsel. The practice of law usually works best (best results) when the lawyer is able to consult with the client, in private, and make a full assessment of all the facts of the case.
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do not.What determines Avvo Rating?Experience & background
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline