The Graduated Drivers License Changes For Drivers Under The Age of 18
Graduated License Laws for Teen Drivers
These Laws apply for any Teen ages 16 and 17 that did not take a Drivers Education Course (MV-285).
- Every passenger must be wearing a seatbelt regardless of age.
- Teens can only drive unsupervised between the hours of 5am and 9pm unless for employment (must carry proof of employment) or a school course (no extracurricular activities, sporting events or social clubs).
- No more than one passenger under the age of 21 in the vehicle unsupervised unless the members are of your immediate family.
Parents Make a Big Difference When it Comes to Teen Driving
When parents understand the graduated license laws and enforce them, they instill responsibility and safety in teen drivers. Setting a good example by driving properly, especially when teens are in the car, will encourage safe driving habits.
Did you know…
- 89% of teens say their parents are the most influential in encouraging safe driving.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of teen fatalities in the U.S.
- Teens crash four times more often than any other age group.
- Newly licensed teens are at the highest risk of getting into a fatal car crash within the first months of driving.
- The first conviction of a cell phone use or texting violation will result in a suspension of the teens (16,17) driver license or permit for 120 days. A second conviction within six months of the license or permit (after the 120 suspension is finished) will be a revocation of at least one year for a drivers license or learners permit.
Regardless of when the permit was issued, all junior permit holders (16,17) must wait 6 months and complete 50 hours of supervised driving (MV-272) prior to taking a road test. The only exception is if the individual turns 18 before the 6 months are up could they then take a road test.
We suggest that you hold off on taking the 5-Hour Course until at least 5 months into your 6 month waiting period. Here’s why:
- The 5-Hour Certificate is only valid for one year from the issuance date, so why waste months of your certificate waiting for your 6 months to finish in order to take a road test?
- You may have to wait weeks to take your road test after scheduling it. Due to high demand, we suggest scheduling your road test during the 5-Hour Course.
- Some driving experience would be beneficial for building background knowledge prior to the 5-Hour Course.
- Gigliotti’s strives to educate our students with the most current rules, laws and regulations that change frequently.