By Anna Von Reitz
Yes, it's true that if you are an American, you don't need a Driver's License to travel on our public roads. That's the way it is, and the way it has always been. The recent flurry of excitement over the U.S. Supreme Court's put down of Administrative "Law" in Virginia v EPA misses the whole point.
We, Americans, have never needed a license to travel around this country. Ever. That was decided over a century ago.
Since the 1890's and early 1900's, this question has been decided by the Supreme Court and by multiple County, State, and Circuit Courts, always with the same result, which is nicely summed up by Jeffrey Phillips in this compendium of cases proving this point beyond any possible doubt:
I am reposting his information for your convenience (below) so that you can literally see for yourselves how conclusively the issue of "needing or not needing a driver's license" has been decided. This is by no means the first such compendium of actual court decisions in support of our freedom to travel and to use the public roads for private purposes without licenses. Americans need no "permits" to go wherever we want to go without obstruction or interference from private law enforcement officers aka "patrolmen" arresting and detaining people over "code infractions" that don't apply to the General Public --- and never did.
This is the absolute truth of the matter. The only question is -- are you an American? A member of the General Public? And are you using the roads for private, non-commercial purposes?
Our law is simple. If you haven't injured anyone else or injured anyone else's property, there is no crime and no issue to be adjudicated and no reason for any Highway Patrolman to stop you.
The all-too typical situation of Patrolman Busybody stopping you because your left tail light is out and issuing you a $100 fine and "order" to get the tail light fixed, is in fact illegal, if you are Jane Doe on her way to pick her kids up from school, or John Doe on his way home from work.
They have no authority to stop you, no authority to fine you, and the only plausible and allowable reason for them to interrupt your day at all, would be to politely inform you that your tail light is out --- much as a friend might tell you the same, out of concern for your safety. That's all. No "tickets" and no "citations" of Motor Vehicle Code should ever be involved in a traffic stop involving a non-commercial driver.
Unfortunately, we have all been strong-armed into "registering" our automobiles as "motor vehicles" and as "public property" when they really aren't. This forced registration extortion is really at the heart of this debate --- not licensing, which has been decided for over a hundred years. It's the forced registration of private cars and trucks that provides the Highway Patrol with the excuse to "presume" that you are engaged in commercial activities in the first place, even if you aren't and even if that is perfectly obvious.
In order to pull off their otherwise illegal registration demands, the Perpetrators had to offer remedy to private non-commercial drivers, and that remedy is Regulation Z of the Securities Laws adopted by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. You and your private car are actually exempt from registration requirements and you can claim that exemption as long as you are an American who is not employed by the Federal Government corporations. In many States including Alaska, you simply need to ask for "Z tags" or "Private Plates".
No, you don't need a license to travel from Point A to Point B for your own private reasons and you never did need a license to travel. The entire idea behind licensing is rooted in the fact that some people drive as a profession and make their living off of the use of public roads, and some people drive very large and potentially dangerous loads on the public roads -- the origin of Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDLs) -- as a business. The courts make a distinction between private use --- Grandma going to the grocery store --- and ABC Trucking, Inc. doing a double-decker long haul via semi-trailer truck from Georgia to Nevada.
And we think that is reasonable. What's not reasonable is forced registration of our private trucks and cars and obstruction when we claim our Regulation Z remedy. What's not reasonable is when we have to defend ourselves against Highway Patrolmen threatening us with bodily harm over broken tail lights. What's not reasonable is when we are being "mistaken" accidentally-on-purpose as foreigners in our own country. And what's really not reasonable is when our ability to travel freely is being impeded or prevented by rules, codes, regulations, ordinances, mandates, and statutes that don't apply to us, because someone thinks that they have the right to redefine "interstate commerce".
Read on for a nice fat list of court citations that absolutely and definitively deal with the issue of whether or not we need a driver's license when we travel for private purposes --- and the answer is "No!" just as it has been since the 1890's. But be aware that the greater fish to be fried is the imposition of forced and largely false registration of private cars as "motor vehicles" and obstruction of our access to our Regulation Z exemptions.
You're not, but they are.
So while you are educating the politicians and police, be sure to draw the distinction between you and these "hue-men" persons that have been created using your Good Name and Trademarks without your knowledge or agreement.