Unlawful Possession of an Altered or Fraudulently Obtained Driver License

Why is it unlawful to possess an altered driver license?

The California driver license is widely recognized as the primary source of identification in the State of California. The legal possession of a driver license means the owner has proven true identity, valid residency in the state, and the knowledge and skill to operate a motor vehicle. The driver license is an enormously powerful and trustworthy document. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is the only entity with the authority to add, delete or change information on the driver license and only after that information has been properly verified.

It is unlawful for any person to possess a driver license bearing false or altered information. To add, delete or alter information, whatsoever, that was not originally generated by the California DMV is illegal and punishable by administrative and criminal law.

Why is it unlawful to possess a fraudulently obtained driver license?

As stated above, the California driver license is among the most recognized and trusted identity documents in the State of California. The driver license is intended for issuance only to the person who has proven their true identity, their true residency in the state, and the ability to drive a motor vehicle.

The vetting process to obtain the California driver license includes the review of documents, conducting of background checks, written and performance testing, vision testing and in some instances a personal interview. Because the driver license carries so much weight in identification and privileges, it is intended to only be issued to an applicant who has properly navigated the qualification process.

It is unlawful for any person to possess a driver license that has been obtained through any illegitimate or fraudulently means.

California Vehicle Code section 14610 (a)(1), determines…..“It is unlawful for any person to display or cause or permit to be displayed or have in his possession any canceled, revoked, suspended, fictitious, fraudulently altered, or fraudulently obtained driver’s license.”

What can happen if I possess an altered or fraudulently obtained driver license?

As with all unlawful acts, nothing happens to you unless you are discovered. On the other hand, if the California Department of Motor Vehicles learns that you have possessed an altered or fraudulently obtained driver license, they can suspend or revoke any valid driver license you do possess or they can refuse to issue you a driver license altogether. Also, any time fraud is involved, there is the possibility of criminal prosecution in the superior court.

If the DMV suspects your involvement in fraudulent activity, you are normally notified by US mail. Normally an accused person will receive an “Order of Suspension/Revocation” in the mail, which alerts them that the DMV has begun a legal process to punish their transgression. If you receive such an order in the mail, it is critically important that you react quickly and appropriately. You are entitled to defend yourself but you have a limited period of time to do so. Normally, the “Order of Suspension/Revocation” advises you only have 10 to 14 days to contact the DMV to set up an administrative hearing.

If you have received an “Order of Suspension/Revocation” for fraudulent activity, call the DMV Defense Experts at California Drivers Advocates (CDA). We have been protecting the rights of California drivers and residents for many years. There is very little that we haven’t seen and there is no type of DMV hearing we haven’t handled. Call CDA today, we will fight to protect you.

If you have been accused of any act of fraud, call CDA immediately

The DMV hearing process for fraudulent activity is an aggressive, determined effort by the DMV to remove you from the road or to prevent you from obtaining a driver license. If you hope to keep your current driving privilege, or if you hope to get one in the future, you have no option but to defend yourself.

The DMV Defense Team from CDA is comprised of former law enforcement officers, former DMV hearing officers, investigators and scientists. We’re ready to protect your rights and we have the training and skill to get it done. Call us today.

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By | 2017-05-07T05:03:57+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Driver License, False DMV Documents, Fraudulaent Activity|0 Comments

About the Author:

Rob Collier
Mr. Collier served with distinction as a Law Enforcement Specialist with the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Security Police Academy and the United States Army Police Investigators School. While stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, Mr. Collier was one of the first Security Police Specialists to provide “close‐in” security for Space Shuttle Missions when that program was new. Mr. Collier is a Distinguished Graduate of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Academy (Class 228) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics School (SWAT). He received specialized training in basic accident investigation and determining speed from skids at the San Bernardino Sheriff Academy. For nearly 15 years, Mr. Collier was the Operations Officer for one of the most prominent specialty DUI law firms in the country. Reporting directly to that firm’s owner, Mr. Collier directed the day to day operations of DUI attorneys, investigators, expert witnesses and support staff. He developed the firm’s “white glove” policy of client care that is now the hallmark of our company. He has been involved in the preparation, investigation, and presentation of literally thousands of DMV administrative hearings throughout Southern California. Receiving hands on training from defense attorneys, retired DMV hearing officers, and some of the best scientific experts in the field, Mr. Collier possesses a unique level of experience; making him a true expert in the field of Administrative Advocacy. Mr. Collier is our Chief Advocate and available to represent clients in all categories of DMV hearings in California. If your case is assigned to one of our other professional advocates, Mr. Collier will personally review and supervise each case. He is accessible to each and every one of our clients.