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How to Drive Without a License


Learn the truth about how to drive without a license. You have a fundamental and inherent right to travel, just as you have the right to breathe or eat.

How to drive without a license

is an aspect of sovereignty that many people want to learn. Can you legally drive without a license? What is the difference between driving and traveling? Is driving a right or a privilege? What do you say to the policeman if you are stopped? How can you best handle unconstitutional checkpoints? These are all important questions which we will explore here; if you want to know how to drive without a license, you’ll need to thoroughly master the concepts behind them.

Can you Legally Drive Without a License?

In short, yes – but technically you are traveling not driving (see below). However, just because you have a right to do something (in this case the right to travel), it does not mean you’ll never be hassled, intimidated, charged or even temporarily thrown in prison. Rights must be constantly asserted and defended, especially in the face of a growing police state such as the one in which we are now living. That means you need to be prepared to defend yourself. It’s not for everyone, but such is price paid by those who defend liberty and know how to drive without a license successfully.


How to drive without a license depends on how well you know and assert your rights.

What is the Difference between Driving and Traveling?

This might appear to be semantics or splitting hairs, but it’s not. The whole issue of how to drive without a license boils down to this. In everyday common English, to travel by means of a car, and to drive, are identical. However, one of the biggest cons of the Law Society is the fact that they have their own language (legalese) which appears to be English but which has different definitions for some key terms. In this case, as defined by legalese, “to drive” is to go on the roads by a motorized conveyance doing business or being engaged in commerce, and it is a privilege. “To travel”, on the other hand, is a right, and no legislation can be passed to strip you of your fundamental, inherent rights.

To state you are “driving” is to unwittingly place yourself in admiralty or commercial jurisdiction.

As a sovereign being, you never need to surrender your rights and exchange them for privileges. This is the way societies descend into tyranny. To exchange a right for a privilege is to ask permission for something (in the form of a governmental permit or license) that you are free to do anyway.

Is Driving a Right or a Privilege?

Driving is a privilege; traveling is a right. A privilege is granted by some authority, and equally it can be taken away by some authority. A right can never be abrogated. Our right to travel can never be stripped from us; it is as fundamental to our existence as our right to breathe.


There is a lot of case law supporting the right to travel. The quotes below are just a tiny fraction of it.

What is the Case Law Supporting the Right to Travel?

Judges have been ruling on this case for literally over 100 years in various levels of Courts. Retired policeman Jack McLamb wrote a great article citing some of the case law:

CASE #1: “The use of the highway for the purpose of travel and transportation is not a mere privilege, but a common fundamental right of which the public and individuals cannot rightfully be deprived.” Chicago Motor Coach v. Chicago, 169 NE 221.

CASE #2: “The right of the citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, either by carriage or by automobile, is not a mere privilege which a city may prohibit or permit at will, but a common law right which he has under the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Thompson v. Smith, 154 SE 579.

CASE #3: “The right to travel is a part of the liberty of which the citizen cannot be deprived without due process of law under the Fifth Amendment.” Kent v. Dulles, 357 US 116, 125.

CASE #4: “The right to travel is a well-established common right that does not owe its existence to the federal government. It is recognized by the courts as a natural right.” Schactman v. Dulles 96 App DC 287, 225 F2d 938, at 941.

For further information including case law on how to drive without a license, I suggest reading the magnificent sovereignty guide by Johnny Liberty “The Global Sovereign’s Handbook” and watching this in-depth InfoWars video. The DVD I Don’t Drive, I Travel is also very useful, inspiring and features people who know from firsthand experience about how to drive without a license successfully.

What Do You Say to the Policeman if You are Stopped?

The best way to handle peace officers, law enforcements officers or policemen is as sovereign, freeman-on-the-land Dean Clifford does in the video above. Politely and courteously state your rights; know the law and quote cases if need be; display the confidence that you know how to drive without a license, and that it is perfectly lawful; refuse to be intimidated; and most of all, be prepared to have a long conversation with the initial person’s superiors. Most cops are completely unaware that they are enforcing commercial statutes in admiralty jurisdiction, and that you can exercise your right to remain in common law jurisdiction. If you are traveling privately and not engaged in business on the roads, you do not need a license.


You’d be surprised how many police officers know about the right to travel, and will honor it if you confidently assert your rights.

How Can I Best Handle Unconstitutional Checkpoints?

This compilation “How to Refuse Unconstitutional Checkpoints” features some great firsthand examples. Ask the law enforcement officer if they are detaining you (“Are you detaining me or am I free to go?”); if they say they are detaining you, state that they only have 2 legal reasons for doing so: your consent or reasonable suspicion based on probable cause. State that they do not have your consent, so therefore they must produce probable cause, else they are illegally detaining you. Ask them for evidence of probable cause; if they have none, ask them again, politely but repeatedly, if you are free to go.

If you have more questions about how to drive without a license, you can call Tools For Freedom at 800-770-8802 x4 and we’ll be happy to assist and offer alternative road travel solutions.


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Makia Freeman is the editor of The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at, writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the global conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance.



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73 Responses to How to Drive Without a License

  1. Rod Souza Reply

    May 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Please help support our campaign to spread the truth with real evidence and proof concerning this paramount issue of “Driving vs Traveling”

    View our video and sign our petition if you agree and share with everyone you know. The time has come to stop the policing for profit on our highways OPEN by a matter of RIGHT to the traveling public.

    Thank you

  2. Theodore Reavis Reply

    January 1, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Is this in all states right to travel without a license? I showed the police Sgt laws about it. My car was impounded due to my expired tags. I told him that’s state law not federal. The roads are public; I am not in commerce, only going to work and business. He told me he was enforcing VA state law. I’m told him the US Supreme Court see it differently and he refused to follow federal law so my rights were deprived.

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      January 6, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Cops are generally not taught this thing, so it can be difficult to get them to understand. However, US courts have consistently upheld the right to travel, e.g.

      • Kimberly Reply

        August 29, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        I would like information on the right to travel in the state of Oregon I had a great driving record 25 years no tickets then bought a car that the sell was a scam lost my license because I drove it anyway after having trouble and unable to tag it therefore I didnt insure it the tickets were horrendous and I have never gotten nor do I want a state license again I just got pulled over again bought a car a couple months ago tags just expired so a ton more tickets. Do I have to have insurance and tags is there any thing on this that protects us from state fines. Thank you for your time. Kimberly

    • Jason McKinney Reply

      August 22, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Your tags are a registration issue. Not a driver’s license issue. So they are not the same thing.

  3. Patrick Reply

    February 7, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Hey great article , very informative . Would you happen to know if these methods are applicable where I live? (Australia)

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      February 12, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      I have not had personal experience applying these principles in Australia, but I see no reason why they wouldn’t apply everywhere – at least in Western countries. They certainly work in Canada and the US. Humans are born with inherent, unalienable natural rights, no matter what Government says or what it codifies in its laws.

      I would appeal to cops/judges/bureaucrats at that deeper level, whenever communicating with them. Ask them to disprove that you have a right to travel in writing, etc. or else you will assume that it does exist. Usually they leave people alone who claim this right because they fear the publicity.

  4. Anthony Rodriguez Reply

    March 6, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I’m from a small town called Slaton, Texas. There is an officer here that repeatedly pulls me over for no license. All I do is go from home to work and back. He pulls me over everyday cause he says “I know u don’t have a license.” I think it’s harassment. He impounds my car every stop. Would what you are saying help me in any way?

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      March 12, 2015 at 2:50 am

      Absolutely! I suggest the following:

      – Tell the cop you are traveling in a private capacity, and that courts all the way to the Supreme Court have upheld the inherent right to travel
      – Go to this site (, print it out and have it with you next tome you get stopped
      – Get the cop’s name and badge number. Tell him he is personally responsible for his actions and that he will be personally liable if you bring action against him for harassment and other charges

  5. shannon Reply

    March 18, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    So how do I void my current drivers license? Is it as simple as letting it expire?

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      March 19, 2015 at 12:58 am

      Yes, you can let it expire, or you can go to your local DMV (or whatever department/agency handles licensing) and revoke or cancel the contract with them.

  6. Eli Hobbes Reply

    April 23, 2015 at 3:38 am

    I think this concept is goofy. I’ve seen referenced court case that somehow are not hyperlinked. That is the first thing I notice in these pages of this type of site that is fishy.

    Next, each of these sites, this one included, makes a statement that the term “driver” has a legal definition of a person who is engaged in a work process. Yet they provide no case law reference that such a definition is factual in any jurisdiction.

    Clearly I should research it a little bit further if it means that much to me. At this point I just think I am looking at a bunch of junk science style legal “opinions” of uncredentialed people who shouldn’t be providing legal advise.

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      April 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      I have personally experienced on my own, and helped many others, escape speeding fines, parking fines and “driving without a license” citations by using the information in this article as a basis. Judges and prosecutors rushed to dismiss the case. I know it works from experience. I’ve seen it time and time again. However, I understand your desire for more “proof” and have updated the article to include more case law and sources.

  7. isaiah Reply

    April 28, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I was wondering,so I am 16 years old can I drive without a license or do I have to be 18 to have this right?

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      April 28, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Good question. I see no reason why children and teenagers don’t have the same rights as adults; however, with a right comes the responsibility to use it and exercise it appropriately. Driving or operating a car or motor vehicle has serious consequences (such as accidentally killing others) if not done with care, precision and responsibility. Therefore, I would suggest you drive with adults for a long time until you have 3 independent adults who can attest to the fact that you can operate a vehicle safely.
      That being said, there’s no reason not to get a drivers’ license. It’s a rite of passage and a good way to test yourself, to ensure you are truly safe. Then, once you have it, you can revoke it; or you can keep it and “travel” instead of “drive”. The point is not so much whether you have a drivers’ license; the point is what jurisdiction/capacity you were in at the time you are stopped by a cop. They will PRESUME you are in commercial jurisdiction and driving, but this is a PRESUMPTION of LAW, not a FACT of LAW. You can assert that you are in common law jurisdiction and traveling, regardless of whether you happen to own a license or not. It’s all about which capacity you are acting in.

  8. val oleary Reply

    May 2, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Can they still fine you for no license?

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      May 4, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      They can try … but if you know how to defend yourself, no citation will be ably to stick to you, because to cite you for an alleged infraction, implies you have already agreed (through a contract like the State-issued drivers’ license) to follow all of their rules and regulations – which are commercial/corporate in nature. When you travel by right (instead of driving by privilege), you are not in the jurisdiction where you are bound by those regulations. has lots of great info on this in the sovereignty section. It’s well worth educating yourself.

  9. carmen Reply

    May 17, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Love the informative article. I am interested in reading more cases that are similar in nature.

  10. Josh Reply

    May 29, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    It’s amazing how many people were brainwashed into believing that driving is a privilege. The roads are paid for by the people, maintained by the people, and created by the people. Automobiles were paid for and built by the people. Therefore, the roads and vehicle’s belong to the people. Where in there does the government have to ability to just swoop in and say you need to ask them permission to drive on your roads that you built. The government cannot own anything, everything is the people’s. Making driving a privilege was just a way for government to monopolize the road ways and make it a cash cow for extorting money from citizens. If driving wasn’t a privilege they couldn’t put up roadblocks, tollways, have drivers license fees, registration fees, city sticker fees, license plate renewal fees,….etc. And let’s not forgot about all the tickets fines and lawyer fees that go along with all that in the courts. People need to stand up and say enough is enough. The constitution was created to limit power of the government because they knew governments always begin to become tyrannical at some point

    • Jason McKinney Reply

      August 22, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Ahh but here is the crux Josh. DRIVING is a privlige. TRAVELLING is a right. when stopped by the police you must instist that you are traveling and not driving. DRIVING is the act of operating a motor vehichle for the purpose of commerce or business and THAT does require a license.

  11. Isaac Reply

    June 1, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Hey there I read this and I was wondering I got a dui and they took my license away in Washington and I was wondering what would be the best way to tell the police officers I’m going to work??

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      June 10, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      I suggest printing out the case law contained in the article, keeping it in your glovebox and quoting it to any police officers when they try to claim you are “driving” instead of traveling.

  12. mike Reply

    June 11, 2015 at 9:38 am

    How would this concept be able to apply to the registration and inspection of your vehicle, as well as being forced to have insurance? Does it mean that their requirement is voided as well?

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      June 29, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Good question. I have heard of cases of some people successfully refusing to register and insure their vehicle, although with registration, you would be driving around with no plates, and you’re an easy target for cops. It would be very difficult to have them accept that. However, ultimately the issue of registration/insurance is a different issue to that of driving/traveling, because it’s all about capacity. You can drive or travel with the same vehicle and do each one at different times.

      There are some who claim that registration inherently means signing over ownership of the item (e.g. vehicle) to the entity that is registering it, however Dean Clifford disputes that. I am still researching the truth of that and have not gotten to the bottom of it.

  13. ed Reply

    June 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I was wondering what if i was driving a car that did not belong to me but was my fathers. I dont have a license and am not associated with the dmv. Can i still tell them that i am not driving and instead travelling even tho the vehicle is my fathers?

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      June 29, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Yes. Whether you are driving or traveling is a separate issue from who owns the vehicle.

  14. Antonio Williams Reply

    July 5, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I recently was issused a citation to appear in court for Driving/Traveling While License Supended in Florida because of late payment on Child Support what wwould be my best defense in court.

  15. Antonio Williams Reply

    July 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm


  16. Chris Kampouris Reply

    July 19, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    This is madness.
    A small fee every year is a small price to pay to avoid a life time of legal troubles.

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      July 20, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      As with my previous comment, this path is not for everyone. It is easier to just get a license. However, collectively, the less we stand up for rights and accept the Government turning them into privileges, the more we become enslaved, year by year. What kind of world do you want to leave behind for future generations?

      Freedom requires knowledge, vigilance and courage. It has to be enforced by the public. It’s not going to just happen automatically. Without standing up for your rights or freedom, they will slowly disappear.

  17. Chris Russell Reply

    July 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    As with any persons or group that tries to assert their agenda by way of vague references to case law, you have not convinced me that those who have successfully challenged their citations did so by making the courts see the light.

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      July 20, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      I’m not trying to convince you to take this path. It’s a hard one, and it’s not for everyone. Information is information. Do with it what you will. There are two fundamental truths here:
      1. The right to travel is a basic, unalienable human right, just as the right to exist, the right to breathe or the right to eat is;
      2. Driving is a privilege (regulated under commercial/maritime jurisdiction) and traveling is a right which cannot, be definition, be regulated.

      I quoted some case law to show how judges from all kinds of courts have upheld this right. I have also personally used this knowledge to successfully overturn fees and fines.

      Do with the knowledge what you will. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink it.

  18. Angela Reply

    July 21, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I have court tomorrow for knowingly traveling on a suspended driver’s license. I was wondering if I could use this article in my defense.

    Under the circumstances, I was being a designated driver. My passenger, of whom is un-licensed; was intoxicated. I was not traveling erratically. When stopped, due to being unfamiliar with the new road pattern newly constructed, I was sitting on the “wrong side of the road”. The way the road was constructed … it looked as if at this particular light – right lane turns right, left lane turns left. I was in the left lane waiting for the light to change. The light also is not clearly viewable as you are sitting in the right lane.

    I do plan to pay the fines to obtain my legal ID back (if I must). However, if found that my ID was confiscated without legal prudence, then I’d like to contest the charges and defend myself.

    Thank you
    State of Florida, U.S.A

  19. Andy Reply

    July 22, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    This is an interesting concept but seems pretty useless considering I’m not sure how tyrannical licensing drivers is. I think we can all agree the process to get one is pretty necessary, and once you have it for the most part you don’t have to think about it. The whole point is to ensure the driver is capable of operating a motor vehicle somewhat responsibly, is that really something you think most people should be jumping through legal loopholes to avert? Maybe I’m missing something, but it seems like some people are so eager to feel constitutionally empowered they forget what they’re arguing against is actually pretty reasonable. All it amounts to is a legal pissing contest with some asshole cop who’s doing his job, but you’re giving him a hard time just because you can.

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      July 22, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I do agree that safety is of paramount importance when operating motor vehicles. It’s too dangerous to have people using them without first getting to a high standard. So, I see part of the need why we have a licensing system.

      However, the problem with the system is that it curbs your rights, makes you liable for silly “infringements” or “infractions”, puts you into the revenue extraction scheme (red light/speeding/seat belt citations) and puts you under the Government’s jurisdiction again. I refuse to be part of the Government’s nefarious schemes to control and make money off the citizenry they are supposedly there to serve and protect.

      For the overwhelming majority of people, we know how to drive. After you have gone through the testing process, you don’t need any more testing. Why beg or ask the Government permission for something you can do naturally, anyway, such as traveling? That puts you in the position of being a subject, servant or slave. The more people do that, the more we give power to an entity that was only ever intended to be small, limited and decentralized – not the sprawling monstrosity it has become.

      • Andy Reply

        July 23, 2015 at 5:02 am

        Thank you for the response. Being accountable for making driving errors that could potentially end lives or cause property damage doesn’t exactly equate to an infringement of rights. I’m not really sure what’s silly about any of the infractions you stated. All of those things have very clear and evident safety reasons for being enforced, even if they may sometimes seem frivolous. Furthermore they’re really easy to avoid along with “revenue extraction” or being under specific jurisdiction as you say. The government may be making money off of traffic violations, but that money also happens to be powerful incentive to impose imperative safety regulations. Any other reason is highly speculative.

        “After you have gone through the testing process, you don’t need any more testing.”

        Exactly, once you’ve passed the test, buckle your seat belt and keep it under 55 (or whatever), the government doesn’t care what you’re doing behind the wheel. You’re not “asking permission” you’re entering into a mutual agreement based on your desire to get from A to B and their desire to not see you plow into the side of some minivan because you ran a red light. I’m not sure how you draw such a straight line from “man, drivers licenses are a bummer” to shackles and chains but it’s impressive rhetoric. Also, if you really want to talk about travel, driving is only one of many forms of doing so and also happens to be one of the most accessible, dangerous, and therefore regulated. Do you really believe those things aren’t correlated precisely to each other and not the scheme of a “nefarious” government?

        • Makia Freeman Reply

          July 23, 2015 at 8:10 am

          If you’re coming to this topic cold, the traveling vs. driving distinction may seem like exaggerated “rhetoric”, but in the overall scheme of things – as you can see by my work on The Freedom Articles and also on Tools For Freedom – it’s part of a grander conspiracy to transform the status of the masses from master (creator of Government) to slave (dominated by Government). This is just one more area where excessive regulation dominates. It is entirely possible to be responsible and accountable without needing laws, rules or excessive regulation. Something is really wrong when the Government is actually incentivized to trick and catch people on the roads to try to underhandedly get money from them. Furthermore, many of the “infractions” (e.g. not wearing your own seat belt, driving 5-10 miles more than the speed limit, etc.) are not necessarily dangerous to others. Government always uses the excuse of “safety” to further its centralization of control – just look at the crimes committed by tyrants who claimed they wanted to bring “peace, order and security” to their nation (e.g. Hitler) or hide secrets from the public under the rubric of national security.

          “Exactly, once you’ve passed the test, buckle your seat belt and keep it under 55 (or whatever), the government doesn’t care what you’re doing behind the wheel.”

          Yes it does – it insists you carry a valid license or else it revokes your privilege of driving. That’s the whole point. Why should Government have so much power it can revoke what is really a right? The Founding Fathers set things up so that rights were unalienable and could not be regulated … but it takes an aware and educated populace to know and enforce that.

          • Martin

            August 9, 2015 at 8:19 am

            I am fairly new to the concept of our right to travel. While reading the conversation between you and Andy I fell there is something left out. In my readings I have come to the understanding that we have a right to travel that cannot be restricted by any law (i.e. license) as long as we are not being employed as a driver (i.e. taxi driver). However, correct me if I’m wrong, I believe you can impose safety measures like speed limits and stop lights for public interest. That being said they cannot stop you from traveling on the road but can cite you for doing so unsafely. The more I read about the right to travel, the more I agree with it. But I still believe we need these safety measures or else traveling will become far more dangerous than it already is.

          • Makia Freeman

            August 11, 2015 at 1:24 am

            Thanks for your comment. You make a fair point. When a Government imposes restrictions based on a genuine care for the safety and security of the public, I think most people are fine with that and would readily accept it. However, I believe most people have an inherent idea of safety and common sense, and it is questionable how much we need a Government to step in and regulate these things.

            The problem arises when power-hungry leaders gain control of the political apparatus and use the excuse of “public safety” and “national security” ad nauseam to control people. That is the atmosphere in which we live – an out of control Government and military-intelligence-industrial-complex that gets away with anything by using the trite excuse of national security.

        • Cory Reply

          July 23, 2015 at 10:51 am

          So you really think that buckling your seat belt should be regulated be the government? You think the government cares if something happens to you behind the wheel or not? Like a police officer friend of mine told me, all these little frivolous laws like no seat belt, one headlight out, air freshener hanging, are only there to be used as probable cause to pull you over in the first place. Once stopped, the “real investigation” begins. Last week, the Texas U.S Circuit of appeals just deemed that police have the right to pull you over for air fresheners, rosaries, and pro police stickers because they’re deemed to be accompanied with suspicious activity. It’s crazy how many people will always let their rights be trampled on because the government tells them they need to keep them safe. Instead of enacting all these frivolous laws based on what might’ve happened, harsher laws should possibly be made for someone causing property/ bodily injury to somebody while exercising their rights, if deemed they were being irresponsible. I guess, even though it’s happened all throughout history, government’s always become tyrannical at some point, but even with a document that’s written to protect the people from it, people will always want to oppress themselves anyway and still call it freedom. Seems people want to be ruled and told what they can or can’t do, instead of actually taking responsibility for themselves

    • Josh Reply

      July 22, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Nobody is saying that you shouldn’t have to prove you’re able to drive a vehicle. The point is, it isn’t the government’s job to baby sit and be in control of who’s responsible or not. To assume that you need a driver’s license, just assumes that everybody is automatically irresponsible. Part of having your rights and freedoms means people have to take responsibility for themselves. When you give away a right for exchange of a privilege, the government will always abuse it. Some states automatically suspend your license for speeding through a school zone. I bet you almost everybody who ever gets caught speeding, don’t know they are even in a school zone. So how is it fair for somebody to lose their right to travel to work because of a victimless crime. I also believe in Virginia, they were trying to make it illegal to get your license if you had a failing grade in high school. The government did not build the roads, it was bought and paid for by the people. People are so eager to give away their liberties for the promise of safety from the government. Truth is, licensing is only required because it’s a cash cow for the state. You really think the government gives a damn if you’re safe on the roads or not? Governments plan their budgets on you not being safe (writing tickets), so therefore, it’d be contradiction of their interest.

      • Andy Reply

        July 23, 2015 at 6:40 am

        The government isn’t “babysitting” anything, it’s not as if there’s a cop sitting in your back seat every time you get behind the wheel. They’re enforcing a very reasonable set of restrictions that happens to include a license, which is very simple to earn and maintain provided the driver is not totally negligent. The government’s assumption you need a drivers license is due to the fact that you weren’t born knowing how to physically or mentally operate a motor vehicle, and therefore should have to be tested on those abilities before you’re granted one. Responsibility doesn’t even really enter into the equation except as a lecture from your parents.

        “Part of having your rights and freedoms means people have to take responsibility for themselves.”
        Rights and freedoms have nothing to do with whether you know how to properly signal a lane change or not.

        “When you give away a right for exchange of a privilege, the government will always abuse it.” Not even sure what that means but either way it’s highly rhetorical. To me abuse is like, a parent hitting their kid or something, what are you talking about?

        “Some states automatically suspend your license for speeding through a school zone. I bet you almost everybody who ever gets caught speeding, don’t know they are even in a school zone.” Pesky school kids, rum ’em over I say! I’ve never once had a problem understanding whether I was in a school zone or not. Yellow sign, speed limitation, often times flashing lights or even a speed trap. What’s the confusion? The penalty is fair because dead children are sort of a liability I guess. The law doesn’t always deal in the identification of a “victim,” often times it involves preventive measures which, like it or not happen to keep people from dying or being injured.

        No the government did not single-handedly build or pay for the roads, but they did delegate the people who did and also organized and dispersed the funds to do so. Just like Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple he made it possible for others to do so.

        “People are so eager to give away their liberties for the promise of safety from the government.”
        Again, what’s with the extraneous rhetoric? How do you go from a driver’s license requirement to “the British are coming.”

        “Truth is, licensing is only required because it’s a cash cow for the state.” I don’t even know how much a license cost these days but I don’t seem to remember the price being anything out of hand. How does that even enter into cash cow territory? Seems like it would just go back into the overhead of their shitty employees.

        “You really think the government gives a damn if you’re safe on the roads or not?” Yeah I do. Believe it or not, all of the people’s jobs in government positions whether they may be local or otherwise are contingent upon results i.e. people’s lives, property damage, etc. Yes, governments plan their budgets around taxation, and tickets happen to sort of fall under that category. It’s sort of like cigarette smoking. No one gets excited when people die of lung cancer, but fools are going to do it anyway so you might as well make a little money off it and possibly turn a few people off in the process.

        • Matt Reply

          July 23, 2015 at 10:57 am

          Wow, wouldn’t even know where to start with this guy. Some of your points make no sense because you clearly didn’t understand the comment. Also unbelievable how scary brainwashed you are

  20. D L Reply

    July 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

    How would this apply if your licence is suspended

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      July 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Were you caught on the roads with a suspended license? If so, you need to argue you were traveling not driving at the time of the alleged infraction. If you want to use the roads and your license is suspended, I would suggest giving us a call (1800-770-8802 x4) for an alternative travel idea.

  21. Tom Reply

    July 23, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I have applied for and lost the use of my driver’s license. Do I still have the right to travel in my personal vehicle? If not how do I get this back?

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      July 23, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      You always have your natural, unalienable rights. They never disappear. They are like a turtle shell you carry with you everywhere you go. You just haven’t been exercising them.

      If you are doing commerce on the roads (e.g. truck driver, taxi, etc.) you need a license. Otherwise, if you are traveling in a private capacity, you don’t. I would suggest giving us a call (1800-770-8802 x4) for an alternative travel idea.

  22. Cory Fiegen Reply

    July 29, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Hey this was very informative to me, one question I am 17 currently living on my own, I have been for 3 years now and also have no way of getting my license because I cannot get parental consent. If I were to (travel) would it be considered an illegal offense seeing how I am a minor? I need a way to get to work I have a vehicle but am scared to drive-(travel) without a license. My work is literally 2 minutes driving from my house. I do as minimal driving as possible to get away from being caught but the day is going to come eventually I know it. Please help me and inform me of this! thank you!

  23. Dan Reply

    August 2, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Great article and great discussion. I come at this from a non-US (Australian) perspective. I wonder if in a country where it is considered a right (not a privilege) to bear arms, it becomes very hard to argue that it is not also a right to drive a car. Both pursuits are potentially lethal. It seems US citizens will accept the price in gun violence in order to maintain their gun rights. Maybe US citizens should also accept the price in road fatalities that will come from not regulating who can drive.

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      August 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      On an ultimate level, the inherent rights of every human are universal and not dependent on which country you happen to inhabit. I discussed this concept further here:

      Society accepts a certain of risk in exchange for freedom. We all know there is a chance we could die every time we step into a car or fly on a plane, but we assess the risk to be low enough that we are willing to take that chance in order for increased mobility, opportunity, freedom and convenience. This goes for guns too – although stats show that nations with tighter gun control than the US (like the UK) actually have higher murder rates, because people are less likely to be armed in self-defense (

      The question here is this: is there a connection between a lower rate of road fatalities and Government-regulated drivers’ licenses? There is in the area of revoking licenses of those who drink alcohol and drive (although these people are the irresponsible statistical outliers). But outside of that, I doubt there is a significant connection. Meanwhile, the licensing system has become a devious means to set up a control grid to entrap people in revenue extraction schemes which have everything to do with stealing money from citizens – and nothing to do with safety, although it is a noble-sounding pretext for government-sanctioned robbery.

  24. Robert Reply

    August 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Ya the joke is you can speed / drive without a licence till you get caught!?!?! Like anything else … you are right that it can be different breaking the law at 17 (minor) than breaking it as an adult (but the judge can try you as “an adult” as we see from time to time!
    That said its not the driving that’s the issue here, its driving without insurance … who knows what happens if you get in an accident without insurance (and you are at fault) … do without the car or if its only two minutes away … bike for now !!!

  25. Jacob Reply

    August 5, 2015 at 6:12 am

    I’ve lost my license and won’t be able to get a replacement for a few days at least. My question is, does a minor have the right to travel? A 17 year old?

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      August 6, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Good question. I do not know the answer. I would assume that as long as you as completely capable and proficient in operating a motor vehicle safely, you would be able to exercise your right to travel, but that is an assumption on my part. You could try giving us a call at 1800-770-8802 x4 for alternative travel ideas.

  26. Dennis Reply

    August 7, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I have to agree with you. Your articles here are right. I live in Pennsylvania and I never got a license in my life. I was pulled over for traveling 5 times in my life. It’s all a money scheme for courts and government. Each time I get pulled over they tack another year on my suspension. Now how can they suspend a license I never had? Please send me a link I can print of to keep in my vehicle while I’m traveling to show the next officer that I have the right to travel. Thanks for your information!

  27. funkenstein Reply

    August 9, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Great article, but I have to wonder: where have you traveled? The globe is covered with armed nazi checkpoints. I know “papers please” in a few languages. My daughter at age 0 was almost kept from her mother (only allowed to remain after extensive costs) because “visa not approved” when we traveled to: the UK. This is as spoiled middle class academics mind you. I know plenty who are separated from their families for decades because travel (not driving mind you) is universally considered valid control of fascist state. Right now millions of people are unable to go where they need to for work and family. Thousands are in tears at this moment. And yet people still talk of “enforcing immigration” by preventing travel. Yes, we have the “right to travel” as you say but right now not a single established legal system in the world honors this right, and every one of them honors the right of uniformed fascists to prevent you from traveling!!! Garry Davis RIP had the right idea. Anyway, keep up the good work I will return to read your column.

  28. Justin Reply

    August 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    My license is currently suspended after being involved in a car accident. I am also a person with a disability, whose civil rights were violated by the police and state. Unfortunately, I hired what I thought was competent representation, however, I was provided no defense. I am unable to get a restricted drivers license, as the charge of leaving the scene disqualifys me. Even though my life was threatened with a gun, which is what resulted in me leaving, and I was forced to plead guilty to avoid jail, according to my “attorney.” I would only need to drive my car to get to and from work, as I live and work in the suburbs, where public transportation is not readily available. Is there any way around this, so I am able to “travel” to work? What if I’m on parole and get pulled over for no license? Will that legally result in breaking the conditions of parole? We’ve reached out to my state governors office, who unfortunately has no jurisdiction with the PA DOT, so they were unable to provide me with any help. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      August 20, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Hi Justin, Thanks for your comment and sorry to hear about your situation. I cannot give “legal advice”. You are always within your rights to travel, as long as you are not driving, which is a privilege regulated in commercial, admiralty jurisdiction. You will have to be prepared to defend your position to police officers and potentially judges. To do that successfully, you need to keep educating yourself about law, rights and sovereignty so you gain confidence.

  29. Joshua Reply

    August 31, 2015 at 12:30 am

    What if I am not a us citizen and only a F1 visa student and thus a temporary visitor? Does what you say also apply?

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      August 31, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      The laws are generally written to apply to “US persons”, meaning citizens and permanent residents. Coming in on a visa necessarily means you have contracted with the US Government and agreed to abide by all its laws, so it’s going to be harder to assert the right to travel. If you choose this, I would expect there to be more resistance from cops and judges than with an average American.

      However, on an ultimate level, the right to travel is a universal human right, regardless of where you live, as I wrote about here:

  30. Josh S. Reply

    September 1, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Love this blog and am ALL about standing up for my rights! I’m tired of everyone allowing the government to control EVERYTHING about us. I’m not here to argue with any of you who are more than happy to continue allowing this to happen, I’m solely here because I’ve been following these blogs for AWHILE now. Yes, they check out and have very supportive FACTS! I, unfortunately, have been fighting with the state of Illinois for eight years now. EIGHT!! Yes, I traveled while intoxicated one time when I was 17. Four years and eight months later I was pulled over after helping a friend move. We stopped at a bar and he wanted to buy me a couple drinks for helping. I refused as I had work very early the next morning. I eventually ended up having ALMOST 3 beers and had a cop waiting for my truck to leave the bar. I made a bad name for myself when I was younger and take full responsibility for it. I changed after serving hard time which this was after that. I misconstrued the law and thought it was OK to travel after a couple beers and yea, definitely did not account for the ZERO tolerance. Whatever, once again I paid my dues and here I am eight and a half years later still fighting for my license! I’ve dumped I don’t even know how much money into this. I seriously want to just give up on tryin to travel myself, but then there’s this. My spirits are lifted, again. My dilemma is, Yea I have a right to travel freely. What about when I’m revoked? And now I DO have a great job opportunity as a linesman apprentice. They work on power lines, which as we all know requires traveling throughout the state or counties really. Is there a way to get this joke of a system under control so I can get my CDL for work?? How can I lose my opportunity to profit from the road if I have never been able to profit from using the road? I mean technically I lost somethin that never existed, correct?

    On another note, if you do return your ID back to the DMV and revoke your contract (which obviously they NEVER tell you you’re doing) how do you go about buying a car, house, smokes, or anything that requires your picture ID showing you and your age? Is that where your passport comes into play, and if so, what if someone were on legal papers (parole, probation, etc) and can’t get a passport? I’m all for doing this to the fullest, but I also want to make sure I can still live my life as needed while doing so. Public transportation is not around for me and I’ve LITERALLY walked over USVI mountains to get to work. But my body can’t take the abuse anymore and am on workman’s comp as I speak. I just want to go through life living the way we were meant to, and be on my pursuit of happiness. Can you give insight on this Makia, or is this state, as all lawyers have called this state, the “nightmare state” gonna hinder me from that always? Pleeeeaaaase help. Thank you

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      September 3, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks for your comment. It’s saddening to hear stories such as this. Unfortunately I don’t see an easy solution. You can try traveling not driving, but if your job requires a license, it’s going to be difficult to get around that. In your case it may be better to try to get a State-issued license. You can use other ID like a passport or State ID card in situations that require a picture ID. I would suggest contacting the authorities and seeing what you have to do to get another driver’s license – or getting one in another county, state or even country if you can.

  31. Brad Reply

    September 8, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Great discussion!! Ok, so as a Canadian, I’m understanding that all humans have the inalienable right to travel, regardless of country of residence. I’m curious if you know what laws I need to familiarize myself with in order to travel (albeit temporarily) with an accidentally expired license??
    I didn’t even know it was expired – it only expired over the long weekend. And now to my amazement, upon reading the MTO website, I have been informed that they desire to make me start my license process all over again, pay all previously paid fees again, then pay to renew the license, then pay to renew the plates, then pay to renew insurance. It is for these reasons that I completely detest the tyranny of our governments.

    I seem to gather from the comments, that upon registering your vehicle, you’re basically signing your property over to them. Is this true? Does this entitle them to impounding my vehicle? Can I use the “right to travel” with an expired licence in the meantime of trying to come up with all the necessary money to renew it? If so which Canadian law should I refer to and be informed in?

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      September 10, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Check out the work of Dean Clifford. He’s a Canadian who successfully uses the right to travel. See the video embedded above in this article where Dean quotes Canadian law.

      There are different opinions on registration. Some say registration means signing over the rights to the property being registered. Others say that is not true. The best way to know would be to read the definition of register in Black’s Law Dictionary, but more importantly, in the actual code or law passed. It could be defined differently in each law (such are the tricks of the Law Society). Most laws define key terms before getting into the nuts and bolts.

  32. Amanda Keith Reply

    September 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I have a revoked license in Illinois do these laws apply to me

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      September 17, 2015 at 8:23 am

      The principles in this article apply to anyone, no matter where you live.

  33. Allen Reply

    September 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

    These articles have been extremely helpful. Just wondering with my situation, I have payed fines up to $1100, and yet still my license has been suspended. Do you think I would be able to fight those fines with my right to travel for defense and maybe get a refund?

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      September 21, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      You could try. It may be too late, but see what you can do. You would have to launch an appeal and claim you wrong entered the wrong jurisdiction due to deliberate fraud and deception on their part.

  34. Andres Reply

    September 28, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Soooo if a license is only required if you are using your vehicle for commerce or business, then wouldn’t a license be required to simply use it to travel back and forth for work? In that aspect, the vehicle is indeed being used for business purposes. Work!.. it is business. Hence, business days. There are five business days in a week ;). However, not everyone drives to and from work due to unemployment, so in that aspect, I don’t agree with licenses.

    Traveling for leisure, or personal galavanting is another matter.

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      September 28, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      My understanding is that when you drive to and from work, you are not actually working until you arrive.

  35. Robert miller Reply

    October 1, 2015 at 4:41 am

    I stopped at a convenience store coming home from work. A state trooper was in parking lot when came out of store and got into my vehicle and drove off the officer got in behind me and thrower his lights on and pulled me over door no reason and wrote me a ticket for driving on revoked license I did nothing wrong to be pulled over can I use this legal law to get out of the driving on revoked

    • Makia Freeman Reply

      October 1, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Yes I think you could. It all hinges on you arguing that you were not driving but were traveling at the time of the “alleged” infraction. Sounds like they were trying to trap you and extract revenue from you.

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