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While buying a car without a license may seem ironic, it’s fairly common. Maybe you have don’t have a license but you have better credit than your spouse, so it makes more sense for a car to be financed in your name. Or, maybe you’re purchasing your car now and getting your license later. Whatever the case may be, the short answer to the question, “Can you buy a car without a license,” is yes.
Essentially, there’s no difference between buying a car with or without a license. You don’t need a license to pay cash for a car or finance it — just a state-issued I.D. Titling and insuring a car also doesn’t require a license. Registering your car, however, is a different story. License plates can’t be purchased for a car until it’s registered with your state’s department of motor vehicles or secretary of state’s office. This requires a valid driver’s license.
Paying cash for a car means you can title it under someone else’s name, assuming they have a valid driver’s license. They can then register the vehicle and drive it. Once this is done, however, the car will legally be theirs. If you finance a car without a license, your name will need to appear on the title and no one else’s. So, if you don’t have a valid license, you won’t be able to register the car or drive it around St. Louis.
We already covered two above, but there are many more situations where buying a car without a license makes sense. Here are a few more examples: