TEEN DRIVER FAQs
1. What is the Graduated Driver License law?
The graduated driver licensing system places certain restrictions on teens under the age of 18 who have a learner permit and driver license.
2. What are the restrictions for those with learner permits?
Anyone under the age of 18 who has a learner permit is prohibited from driving between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. When driving, permit holders must have a licensed driver age 21 or older in the vehicle with them in the front seat.
3. How long must I have a learner permit before applying for an Intermediate Restricted license?
• Anyone under the age of 18 must have their learner permit for a minimum of six months before applying for an intermediate restricted license.
• The minimum age for applying for an intermediate restricted
license is 16.
• If someone with a learner permit has driving offenses adding up to 6 or more points on their driving record during the 180 days before applying for the Intermediate Restricted license, the applicant has to continue to hold the learner permit until his/her record has less than 6 points for a full 180 consecutive days.
• After the record is clear for 180 consecutive days (i.e., less than 6 points), the driver may move to the next level, an Intermediate Restricted License.
4. What are the restrictions for an Intermediate Restricted License?
A. Those with an intermediate license can only have one other passenger in the vehicle UNLESS:
• One or more of the passengers is age 21 or older and has a valid, unrestricted license; OR
• The passengers are brothers and sisters, step-brothers or step-sisters, adopted or fostered children residing in the same house as the driver and AND the Intermediate License holder has in their possession a letter from the driver’s parent authorizing passengers to be in the motor vehicle for the sole purpose of going to and from school.
B. Those with an Intermediate Restricted License are prohibited from driving between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m UNLESS they meet one of the following circumstances:
• They are accompanied by a parent or guardian;
• They are accompanied by a licensed driver 21 or older who has been designated by the parent or guardian. This designation must be in writing and be in the possession of the teen driver;
• They are driving to or from a specifically identified school sponsored activity or event and have in their possession written permission from a parent or guardian to do this;
• They are driving to or from work and have in their possession written permission from a parent or guardian identifying the place of employment and authorizing the driver to go to and from work; OR
• They are driving to or from hunting or fishing between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. and have in their possession a valid hunting or fishing license.
5. What would happen to an Intermediate Restricted License holder caught with a forged or fake letter regarding permission to drive outside of the allowed hours?
A driver with an Intermediate Restricted License who is convicted of having a forged or fraudulent letter or statement will have his/her Intermediate Restricted License revoked and will only be reissued a learner permit until he/she reaches the age of 18.
6. What will an Intermediate license look like?
7. How long must an Intermediate Restricted License be held?
Teens must hold their Intermediate Restricted License for a minimum of one year. After one year, an unrestricted Intermediate license may be applied for. There is a $2 application fee. The word “Intermediate” will still be on the license, but the restrictions will be lifted.
IMPORTANT: A teen driver will be ineligible for an Unrestricted Intermediate License for additional ninety (90) days beyond the minimum one year if:
1. The driver has received six (6) or more points (the equivalent of two (2) minor traffic citations) on their
Intermediate Restricted License, or
2. The driver has contributed to a traffic crash, or
3. The driver has been convicted of a second seatbelt violation,
ALSO: If the teen driver gets a second moving violation while holding the Intermediate Restricted Driver License, an approved Driver Education class MUST BE COMPLETED before receiving an Intermediate Unrestricted Driver License.
NOTE: At age 18, a driver can apply for a regular unrestricted license without the word “Intermediate” printed on it. There is an $8 duplicate fee unless the driver chooses to keep the license with the word “Intermediate” on it until that license is at the end of its five-year renewal cycle.
8. Are there any teens not required to complete the steps in the Graduated Driver License program?
The Graduated Driver License requirements do not apply to anyone age 18 and older OR anyone under the age of 18 who has graduated high school or received their GED. If you are sixteen (16) years of age you may also obtain a Class D regular driver license if you are emancipated by active duty military service, marriage or court order.
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