Possessing Reproduced or Forged Drivers License
Here in the State of Michigan there is a criminal misdemeanor charge for possessing reproduced or forged drivers license. In fact, the criminal charge includes possessing a reproduced, altered, counterfeit, forged or duplicate drivers license. MCL 257.310.
The statute states possessing reproduced or forged drivers license photograph, negative of the photograph, image, license, or electronic data contained on a license or part of a license is guilty of a misdemeanor.” MCL 257.310(10). If an individual is found guilty of the crime possessing reproduced or forged drivers license will not only be found guilty of a misdemeanor, but they will also face a possible punishment of imprisonment for not more than 1 year and/or a fine of not more than $2,000.00. MCL 257.310(7)(c).
There is, however, an exception to the general rule of possessing reproduced or forged drivers license. The general rules does “not apply to a person who is in possession of 1 or more photocopies, reproductions, or duplications of a license to document the identity of the licensee for a legitimate business purpose.” MCL 257.310(16).
Moreover, it should be noted that if an individual is convicted of possessing reproduced or forged drivers license there is no licensing sanction imposed for the offense. This is important because the drivers license or ability to operate a motor vehicle legally remains intact. Therefore, a conviction is not and will not be reported to the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS). MCL 257.732(16)(b).
It is important to understand the difference between those crimes that impact or can influence an individuals driving record and drivers license. For instance, because this is not reported to the SOS an individual’s car insurance company should not increase an individual’s rates. This is due to the fact that the conviction, again, is not reportable. In order for an increase in insurance rates there should be activity reported to the driving record. For example, a speeding ticket that has zero points is still a reportable infraction for insurance and driving record purposes. However, and similar to the reporting of possessing reproduced or forged drivers license, an impeding ticket is not reported to an individual’s driving record.
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