Law by Law, License Confiscation

You haven't even been convicted of a crime, and yet your one and only photo ID could be confiscated by the police. You have an important medical procedure scheduled for the next morning, but you can't get medical care without an ID. This is one more way the law tramples on all of us, but especially the poor and the minorities. License confiscation has spread from state to state without question - nobody ever stops to say, "This is a stupid law that oppresses the accused for no purpose." I don't know of any state that explicitly prohibits this practice. Here is a partial list of things you can't do without a photo ID.

map of states where the license cannot be confiscated

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Please send along any corrections or new information. I am not always up to date on all the laws in all 50 states.

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