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Intermediate Driver's License

Teens

What to do before you get a license

Before getting a driver license, a teen must:

How to get a license

Once you have completed these steps, visit a driver licensing office and:

Special rules for teen drivers

When teens get a driver license, they must follow some special rules and restrictions. These rules are in place to help protect teen drivers from accidents and help them develop and improve skills in the safest way.
If you are under 18, you will be issued an intermediate driver license and must follow these special rules:

After 1 year of following these rules and driving without a collision or traffic citation, you can drive without limitations to the time of day or the age and number of your passengers.
When you turn 18, these special rules no longer apply and your intermediate driver license automatically becomes a regular license.

What if I get a traffic citation or violate these special rules?

Once you have a year of driving safely without a driving violation or accident, the passenger and nighttime driving restrictions expire and will not be reinstated. However, if you are under 18 you are still subject to receiving the warning letter and license suspension penalties.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to get a new license when I turn 18?

No. When a driver reaches age 18, the intermediate driver license automatically becomes a regular driver license and the special rules no longer apply.

How do police enforce the rules and restrictions on teen drivers?

Police enforce the restrictions of an intermediate driver license as a “secondary action.” This means that if a teen driver is stopped for a traffic offense, the officer can cite the driver for any violations of intermediate license restrictions.

If I have a drug or alcohol-related offense or Minor in Possession (MIP), can I get my intermediate license?

You cannot get a driver license until you are 18 years old if you are convicted of one of the following offenses while you have an instruction permit:

If I have a license from another state, do the special rules of an intermediate license apply to me?

Yes. A teen with a valid out-of-state license must get an intermediate license and meet all the same requirements.