I had a PA license plate, as I was going to junk the car; and move to NY. My insurance had expired ONE DAY before, and my new registration, which had just been sent -- as I explained to the officer -- was in my storage in PA.
He never told me why he pulled me over. And he gave me 2 tickets for driving without registration and without insurance. I never crashed, don't know why I was pulled over.
The next day I sold the car, as planned, for scrap metal! I was broke & jobless, and not a resident of NY. The tix went into storage. I still had my CA license, too. I ended up back in CA. But did not own a car. My CA license expired in 2008; and CA would not renew my DL due to those 2-year-old tix. Since I was not driving. I ended up in NYC in 2009, after my expired license. Since I don't drive in NYC and have a passport, I have never 1) tried to get a DL in NY and 2) cannot afford anything, really. I feel I am not guilty as the officer did NOT have any valid reason to pull me over. I had no marks on my DL, I had driven 1978 to 2006, with no violations. Is there a statute of limitations or amnesty on a nearly 10-yr-old tix? And can I get a DL without a road test in NY now?
Have an traffic ticket attorney review all your docs and your driving record. The attorney will come up with a plan on getting you back on the road with ad little baggage as possible. A lot depends on where exactly in NY you received the tickets.
Is there a statute of limitations or amnesty on a nearly 10-yr-old tix? NO
can I get a DL without a road test in NY now? MAYBE
It sounds like you were guilty regardless of your feelings. The statute of limitations was satisfied when the Officer gave you the tickets. Unfortunately, you created the mess by ignoring the tickets. I suggest that you hire a lawyer who deals with Traffic Court and DMV matters.
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I feel you will need to resolve your outstanding tickets and start the licensing process all over again. See:
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