Driving without a driver’s license is a criminal offense in California.
For a driver’s license to be Valid, it doesn’t necessarily have to be issued by the California Department of Vehicles. It must be: (1) valid in the state of your residence and (2) for the type of vehicle you are operating (car, motorcycle, commercial truck, etc.).
If you receive a citation for driving without a license, a court date will be scheduled for you. You or your attorney MUST attend. The failure to appear at the court date will result in the judge issuing a bench warrant for your arrest.
While it is a Minor Offense, driving without a license is still a Misdemeanor. Any conviction you receive will appear on your criminal record.
If you consult with an attorney at Fix-A-Ticket, you could avoid a conviction and even get the infraction dismissed altogether.