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A. Operator's License Required: A person, except those expressly exempted, shall not operate any motor vehicle upon a highway unless the person has a motor vehicle license issued by the state department of transportation valid for the vehicle's operation.
B. Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles: A person operating a commercial motor vehicle shall not have more than one motor vehicle license. A nonresident may operate a commercial motor vehicle if the nonresident has been issued a license by another state, a nonresident commercial driver's license, or a motor vehicle license issued by a foreign jurisdiction which the federal highway administration has determined to be issued in conformity with the federal commercial driver testing and licensing standards, if the license, commercial driver's license, or motor vehicle license is valid for the vehicle operated. No person shall operate a commercial motor vehicle upon the highway without having been issued a motor vehicle license valid for the vehicle operated. (2008 Code § 17-174)
C. Immediate Possession Of License: A licensee shall have the licensee's motor vehicle license in immediate possession at all times when operating a motor vehicle and shall display the same, upon demand of a judicial magistrate, district associate judge, district judge, peace officer, or examiner of the state department of transportation. However, a person charged with violating this subsection shall not be convicted if the person produces in court, within a reasonable time, a motor vehicle license issued to that person and valid for the vehicle operated at the time of the person's arrest or at the time the person was charged with a violation of this section. Upon dismissal, the court or clerk of the court shall assess the costs of the action against the defendant named on the citation. (2008 Code § 17-174; amd. 2015 Code)