Traffic Tip: Motorists must carry their driver's license, present upon request

By David Brogger
July 7, 2013 at 2:07 a.m.

Motorists are required by law to carry their driver's license and present it upon request of a magistrate, court officer or peace officer.

Failure to do so is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $200.

Why this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

It seems that I have seen more and more citations issued lately for failure to display driver's license.

Apparently, people believe that as long as you can recite your license number it will be fine to drive without actually carrying their license.

Some of the excuses I have heard are, "Oh, I was just going to the store," or "I just live down the street."

Well, these may be excuses; however, they are not exceptions to the law.

Please carry your driver's license any time you operate a motor vehicle - it's the law.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website,, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Po lice Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.



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