Don't wait for the court date.
Call the local DA and explain you're currently legal, it was an oversight.
If it's your first time (in a few years) s/he will usually let it slide and tell you don't sweat the court date.
If you can call ahead and find that person in their office during the day, the outcome is almost 100%.
Poorer counties will oftentimes make you pay some fees, but it's generally better than what happens in front of the judge or not showing up at all.
I tried to contact the prosecutor several times but didn't manage to catch him in his office. I can't help but feel that if I had a name like his (O'Shea) it would have been easier for me to get in touch with him.
In the rural town where I grew up the Andersans, Torkelsons, and Christiansens ran the show, so I understand that even though I'm a white boy I'm not "white enough" for this guy to return my calls in this city...
Thanks, man. I'll let ya'll know how it goes in a couple weeks...
I appeared in court in my vest & bowtie (yes, I know a vest & bowtie is absolutely ridiculous, but I wanted the judge to think I was an idiot; protective coloration and all that) & explained that I knew my documents were expired and that I work 3rd shift. I asked the judge if she could imagine trying to renew her driver's license at 3AM after working her 9-5 job, or even trying to stay awake until 3AM on her day off.
I explained that I had passed the written & driving tests and have a new FULL license. I mentioned that I moved to this state as a college student (and that because I was a student I couldn't "establish residency" so I didn't know I had to get a FULL vs a TEMP license as soon as possible. I told her that in my home state you just have to go to the DMV and present a valid out-of-state License, and the DMV will issue you a valid FULL driver's license. I didn't know it was different in this state & that I needed take both the written & driving tests..
Long story short, I plead ignorance & apologized. The judge was super-nice & took my ignorance into account. I pulled the wool over her eyes and got off with a $85 court fee instead of a $356 fine.