I might be too old fashioned for smartphone drivers license.

People with more legal instruction will probably be better at explaining why surrendering an open smart phone to a police officer is a bad idea when it comes to giving evidence that can be used against you in a court of law and all that.  And if your phone is set to automatic lock down after so many minutes of inactivity or being away from your safe area, then you may be accused of tampering with the evidence or some other stuff, I don’t know.

But for me, a person that carries concealed and understands that informing an officer is both a good strategy and potentially dangerous, I will stick to the procedure I decided upon after a bit (lot) of thinking: I just hand the initial batch of documents and advise the officer without having to say anything out loud.

Drivers license, insurance and CWP stay together in my wallet and come out together in case of need. I leave the insurance in the middle in case I just need to present the DL for some reason and the insurance blocks the view of the CWP.

Will I keep a copy of my license and insurance in my phone? Probably, but that is just in case of emergency, not first choice if I get pulled over or challenged by a LEO.

7 Replies to “I might be too old fashioned for smartphone drivers license.”

  1. The “show the permit” thing seems to be subject to debate (in places where it isn’t mandated). Some say it’s a good idea, some say don’t volunteer the information. There’s also the question what to do in Constitutional Carry states.

    I agree that handing over your unlocked smartphone is a bad idea. Make that a VERY bad idea. It’s a bit like responding to a request for ID by inviting the officer into your car or house to rummage around at will.

    That makes me wonder if this is the hidden agenda behind that proposal.

  2. Nope, because you’ve just given them the ‘option’ of seeing what else is on there, because you’ve ‘freely’ given them access by default.

    1. You had an experience totally opposite of what other have had in Florida. In fact, I have friends who got out of tickets because of the CWP. But Orangs County by definition is Anti Gun like Broward.
      I had a small accident in 595 and a Trooper assisted, I informed him and he just waved me off and told me not to worry.
      Miami Dade? they don’t even care.

      1. I had a few positive experiences with cops in the area. It only took this one to make me realize that I need to be quiet about my permit. You never know which cop you are getting: the level headed good guy, or Officer Roid Rage.

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