Do I have to answer police questions when I’m detained or arrested?

1. Determine whether you have to identify yourself

You must identify yourself if:

  • the police have you after an accident
  • the police think you've broken a provincial or municipal traffic law while riding your bicycle
  • the police have stopped you while you're driving a motor vehicle

If you refuse to identify yourself in these situations, you may get or have to stay with the police longer.

If you're a bicycle rider, you don't have to show a licence. You can simply give the police your name and address.

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