Interacting with Authorities

What do I do if I get pulled over by police while driving?


You should stop in the nearest safe place and, upon request, provide to the officer your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration for the vehicle.

After you’ve pulled over to a safe spot, you should normally turn off your engine. Roll down your window all the way. You might also want to place your hands on the steering wheel, and, if it’s dark, turn on your interior light. Stay in the car until and unless the officer directs you to get out. Finally, avoid rummaging through your back pocket for your wallet and license, or in your glove compartment for your registration, until the officer asks you for them. If the officer asks you for your identification, inform the officer of how you are going to do that and where you are going to reach.

If you choose to exercise your rights (such as asking if you’re free to leave, exercising your right to remain silent, or refusing to consent to a search of your person, your vehicle, or your belongings) do so calmly and politely, continue to obey all police commands, and do not physically resist.

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