Ask Trooper Steve: What happens when my driving documents expire on a holiday?

News 6 traffic expert answers viewer questions

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions.

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Trooper Steve was asked Monday, on the Labor Day holiday, “If my vehicle/driving documents expire on a holiday, do I get an extra day to renew them?”

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And he answered the question... with a question.

“If your mortgage was due on a holiday, would the bank excuse your late payment? Probably not,” Trooper Steve said. “The state is the same. I’m not trying to sound like a downer here, but as a driver, you’re responsible for making sure your license and registration stay in order.”

He added the expiration is just that: The day your documents are no longer valid.

“I find it often drivers feel there is a lot of leeway because this is a traffic issue and not one of priority in their life,” he said.

Unfortunately, Trooper Steve said, that is not the case.

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About the Authors:

Samantha started at WKMG-TV in September 2020. Before joining the News 6 team, Samantha was a political reporter for The Villages Daily Sun and has had freelance work featured in the Evansville Courier-Press and The Community Paper. When not writing, she enjoys travelling and performing improv comedy.

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.