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Do you carry ID when you ride?(19 posts)

Do you carry ID when you ride?LC
Oct 8, 2002 6:51 PM
Do you need ID if you get pulled over on a bike? This story got me thinking maybe I should.
absolutely. expect the best, plan for the worstDiamondSmuggler
Oct 8, 2002 7:31 PM
re: Do you carry ID when you ride?redtwin
Oct 8, 2002 9:08 PM
You need ID regardless. I am not 100% sure, but I think you can be charged with vagrancy if you do not have ID or money on you. At the very least you could be detained until your identity is established. I don't go for a walk around the block unless I carry my license with me and a certainly don't ride anywhere without it. I have been pulled over while on the bicycle by cops who wanted to "check me out". I don't want to find out what would have happened if I couldn't indentify myself to them.
re: Do you carry ID when you ride?moabbiker
Oct 9, 2002 2:17 AM
Well you are wrong, assuming you are in the USA. Unless martial law been declared, one does not have to carry ID nor money. And unless the cops have probable cause for detaining you (i.e. witnessed you in a crime/violation of some sort, you look like bin Laden, etc) then they cannot detain you either, regardless of whether you have ID or not!
re: Do you carry ID when you ride?redtwin
Oct 9, 2002 3:35 AM
Well I certainly don't mind being wrong in this case, but my experiences and info are to the contrary. It certainly wont hurt carrying ID even if I don't have to.

Have you ever been stopped by the police without ID?. If so, what was the exchange with the officers and how was the outcome?.
Most of the time, but once...theBreeze
Oct 9, 2002 7:09 AM
On the bike I usually do, along with cash and emergency contacts.

Regarding being stopped with no ID. Many years ago I was driving from a Grateful Dead concert in my old VW Bug. (go ahead flame away) I was in the process of restoring it and the wiring wasn't completly hooked up so the tailights didn't work. The concert was supposed to be over before dark, but wasn't. Anyway, I got stopped because of no tailights, had no driver's license or any other ID with me, and was from out of state. I was in a county where the police were known to be conservative and not especially friendly. I was polite in explaining the situation, while my boyfriend (and future husband) was sitting in the passenger seat $hitting bricks. Gave the cop my name, my driver's license number, (for some reason I always remember my current number-some kind of idiot savant thing?),DOB. After checking things out on his radio or whatever, he let me go with a warning seeing as I was within a couple miles of my boyfriend's house. Just got lucky I guess.
re: Do you carry ID when you ride?PeterRider
Oct 8, 2002 10:13 PM
This is funny, now people get dependent on a piece of plastic... since I'm not US citizen, should I carry my passport all the time ??

Seriously, I always carry an ID, in case I get injured in an accident and am not conscious any more it makes things easier. Or write emergency info on a piece of paper that you carry with you.

re: Do you carry ID when you ride?redtwin
Oct 9, 2002 3:29 AM
I don't know about visitors travelling on a passport, but if you are a legal resident then you must carry your alien registration (aka green card) card with you. This was the case when I was a legal resident 9 years ago, if the regulations have changed since then, please disregard this.
Dogtags and cash for convenience store (nm)biknben
Oct 9, 2002 4:13 AM
Nothing to see here!!!
Why wouldn't you?pmf1
Oct 9, 2002 4:14 AM
Always carry a driver's license, health plan card and credit/atm card along with some cash. It doesn't weigh much or take up much space in your jersey.
what we have here is a serious lack of common sensetarwheel
Oct 9, 2002 4:16 AM
Whoever wrote that article deserved to be in jail, in my view. All the cops wanted to know was who she was or some form of ID. Big deal. If you are willing to go to jail over that, you don't have enough problems in your life.

FWIW, I always carry a copy of my driver's license and healthcare card while riding. If I get run over and I'm unconscious (or dead), I want the EMTs or doctors to be able to assist me rather than worrying about possible legal problems for treating someone without their consent (or insurance.)
re: Do you carry ID when you ride?PEDDLEFOOT
Oct 9, 2002 4:26 AM
I always ride with my blood donor card.Has all my medical info plus I wrote emergency phone numbers on it.If you don't your'e noy just thinking about your own wellfare but your famillies as well.
Oct 9, 2002 4:34 AM
expired drivers license & health insurance card. i want them to be able to identify my body if i'm dead & get medical help if i'm not.

rt - also carries a multi-tool, spare tube, 2 CO2 cartridges, a CO2 inflater thingy, and some cash (never know when $1 will make a good tire boot)
Sure do. ID & ATM/debit card. Oh...and healthcare card! (nm)jtferraro
Oct 9, 2002 4:42 AM
re: Do you carry ID when you ride?peter1
Oct 9, 2002 5:26 AM
Not anymore. Mostly because I've forgotten to put my license/credit card/atm in my wallet several times.

I have a hard enough time remembering things like helmets, water bottles and gloves...I've even done mtb races with tubes but no pump! In fact, the night of my 21st birthday, I forgot my license.

re: Do you carry ID when you ride?Pygme
Oct 9, 2002 6:24 AM
I always carry my ID, insurance card, money and a credit card. When I ride alone, I pack my .380.
Write down info including heathcare & emergency contacts...Brooks
Oct 9, 2002 10:06 AM
and have in a plastic sleeve that I carry. I would probably forget to put my license and healthcard back in wallet.
Oct 9, 2002 12:18 PM
I do. It's not my drivers license though. It's an old business card and on the back I write down my address, emergency contacts and insurance info. Then I laminated it so the sweat doesn't turn the card to mush in my jersey pockets. I also carry a cell phone with me.

On a long ride I carry a credit card as well.

Oct 9, 2002 12:20 PM
Because I would forget to switch back and forth between my bike saddle bag and wallet, I made photocopies of my drivers license and health card and laminated them between layers of clear packing tape and leave them in a pocket of the saddle bag so I'm never without ID. I just have to remember to add a couple dollars to the bag periodically so I can stop for a latte on morning rides.