Things you need to carry when driving on a restricted driver’s license
In a previous article, we went over the actual restrictions, along with their gray areas and nuances. In this one, we’ll go over the things you always need to have with you when driving on a restricted driver’s license.
My VASAP instructor and case manager both recommended to keep all of these things (except the photo ID) in a folder on your front seat when driving. That way, if you are pulled over for any reason, you have everything easily accessible and visible.
Here are the 5 things you should carry with you when driving on a restricted license.
A Photo ID
If you have yet to receive your hard plastic restricted license from the DMV, you are not actually required to have a photo ID on your person while driving. Your restricted license sheet is your license to drive. However, to cover all bases, it doesn’t hurt to have one. A passport, student ID, work ID, military ID, any sort of secondary identification with your picture on it. Once you have received your hard plastic restricted license from the DMV, you are required to have it on you at all times while driving.
Your Restricted License Sheet AKA “Green Sheet”
This is the most important piece of your file, as it will tell a police officer where and when you are allowed to drive. If you are not carrying this, the police officer has no way to know if you are within your restrictions, and will likely cite you or take you in until you get it figured out.
In Virginia, this sheet is three sections, stapled together. For the first six months, the first section is your Ignition Interlock Order, which states the start date and duration of your interlock requirement. It also states if you are allowed to drive a company owned vehicle without an interlock while on company business.
Section two is your Restricted Driver’s License Order and Entry into Alcohol Safety Action Program verification. This is, in effect, your driver’s license, even when you receive your hard plastic restricted license. It contains your vital statistics, license number, your conviction and duration of license suspension. It also indicates your restricted status.
The final section contains your actual restrictions. It states where and when you are authorized to drive.
This should go without saying, as you should always have it in your vehicle. I keep mine in my folder just for easy access.
Any written/printed proof that you are within your restriction
If your work restrictions says “hours may vary – must carry schedule,” you should have a copy of your work schedule to prove that you are reasonably on your way from home to work or from work to home. Likewise for any school restrictions.
If you are going to a medical appointment, have written or printed verification of your appointment, such as an appointment card.
If you are going to or from a place of worship, you better be doing just that. I try to snag a program when I attend, as well as carry a card or flyer from the church listing the service times. You can never be too safe.
If you are going to your VASAP meetings, carry your initial letter which indicates the start and date time of your first course, and states that the next ten courses will be at the same day of the week at the same time.
If you are going to your interlock service provider for routine maintenance, carry your appointment receipt, which they should have handed you at your previous appointment.
Documents from your Interlock Service Provider
It’s always a good idea to carry the user manual as well as emergency contact information, in case you have any issues with your interlock device. This includes when you take your vehicle in for any maintenance that might involve removing battery power to your vehicle.
Of course, any encounter with a police officer while on a restricted license is going to be stressful. But you have to be prepared to present these items at any time.