Any attorney is going to advise you that when you get pulled over by the cops, say as little as possible and don’t consent to a search of your vehicle. Check out this post for some tips for your next traffic stop. But there is one thing that you DO HAVE TO DO – PROVIDE I.D.
When you get pulled over by the cops, you have to show your driver license. A.R.S. 28-1595(B) provides:
After stopping as required by subsection A of this section, the operator of a motor vehicle who fails or refuses to exhibit the operator’s driver license as required by section 28-3169 or a driver who is not licensed and who fails or refuses to provide evidence of the driver’s identity on request is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor. The evidence of identity that is presented shall contain all of the following information:
1. The driver’s full name.
2. The driver’s date of birth.
3. The driver’s residence address.
4. A brief physical description of the driver, including the driver’s sex, weight, height and eye and hair color.
5. The driver’s signature.
Basically this means you need to show your driver license. If you fail to produce I.D., you will be charged with a class 2 misdemeanor, which means you face up to 4 months in jail and close to $1,500 in fines and surcharges. In reality though, if you are convicted you almost certainly won’t do any jail time, and the fine should be far less than $1,500.
If you are driving and don’t have a driver license, you need to show some sort of I.D., like a state-issued I.D. card or a passport. In this case, you’ll probably get charged with a civil violation for not having a driver license, but at least you will avoid the criminal component of failing to produce I.D.