Why You Should Never Send In Your License

Registered owners who were not driving yet received a ticket, albeit illegally, often react by sending in their driver's licenses to the city thinking the case will be dismissed. Not unreasonable, right? By responding, even to say you weren't driving, you are waiving service according to the court. The police might not believe you leaving you having to pay the fine or have a hearing. You don't have to identify the driver in order to get the case dismissed. Remember the ticket isn't legal to begin with if it was issued to someone who wasn't driving. The city will take the info you would give them about who was pictured driving and send that person a ticket. If it's your son or daughter, here comes an insurance increase. If it's a friend, well, you get to explain that you turned him or her in. When you didn't have to. Instead, keep in mind that the city has 60 days from the date of the alleged violation to file a ticket (against the real driver) and 90 days from filing to serve it. So check the dates and keep in mind that you might be opening Pandora's box by responding.

You might think that sending in a copy of your driver's license to prove you aren't the person in the photo radar picture would close the matter. It's up to the police to ask the court to dismiss the ticket and often they don't. The wrongly-cited person gets stuck going into court in an attempt to resolve it and being asked who was driving.

Advice: Don't send in a copy of your license and don't name the driver.

About the Author

Susan Kayler is a Scottsdale attorney and the author of "Smile for the Speed Camera--Photo Radar Exposed!"