mercutio545 wrote:Lets assume you mean to exclude situations where you mustprovide your driver's license.I was reading that "Am I being detained?" thread on another board (Washington, I think?), and I was wondering about something- Correct me if I'm wrong, but in the State of Virginia, you must provide your drivers license if stopped by a LEO while you're in the drivers seat. My question is this- If the LEO says that I am not being detained, but "wants to see my drivers license", can I provide him with a copy of it on a piece of paper, as opposed to the actual card, so I can just be on my way and not have to worry about them taking forever to run it and return it to me?
Trust me. If he wants your driver's license, he wants to check if you have outstanding warrants or just harass you, or both. He is not going to like the idea that you hand him thephotocopy and then walk away such that he can't arrest you if you are wanted. As soon as you start to leave, he will just restart the conversation about "if you have nothing to hide..." The only difference will be that the subject will shift from providing your license to waiting until he runs the check, "If you have nothing to hide, why don't you want to wait until I've run the check?"
My suggestion is a polite flat refusal or something that diverts a little, "Officer, if you get to the point you are writing a summons or making an arrest, I'll be glad to identify myself to you. Now, please tell me again why you've stopped me?"