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How to get a Teens Drivers License?

An Intermediate Driver's License is issued to drivers under the age of 18, subject to specific restrictions. Violating these restrictions or being convicted of traffic offenses can result in strict penalties.

To get an intermediate license, new drivers under the age of 18 must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age

  • Have an instruction permit for six months

  • Present a signed, completed, certificate from an approved driver education course. Schools can now report your course completion to DOL electronically. 

  • Meet identification requirements including providing proof of parental relationship (for example, a certified birth certificate)

  • Have a parent or guardian sign parental authorization and certify that you've had at least 50 hours of supervised driving including 10 hours at night with someone who has been licensed for five years or more

  • Have a parent or guardian sign that no traffic citation has been issued or is pending for the prior six-month period

  • Pass the written and driving tests

  • Disclose your social security number or, if you don't have one, sign a declaration

  • Have not been convicted of a found to have committed an offense involving alcohol or drugs while holding an instruction permit

What happens if I let my friends ride in the car with me before I have my license for six months?

Except for family members, driving with passengers under the age of 20 before you have been licensed for six months is a violation of restrictions. A police officer could issue you a traffic citation. If it's your first violation, a warning letter will be sent to your parent. If you get a second violation your license will be suspended.

I was ticketed to minor in possession (MIP). Can I get an intermediate license?

If the MIP was settled with the court before you were issued an instruction permit. you may be eligible to get an intermediate license. However, if you had an instruction permit on or before the date of conviction, you will not be eligible for a license until the age of 18.

Can I get a ticket/violation for using a cell phone while driving?

Yes. Unless you are reporting an emergency, talking or texting on your cell phone while driving, even with a hands-free device, will be fined $125 and the violation will be reported to your parent/guardian. Your passenger/night-time restrictions can be extended and further tickets could result in your license being suspended. 

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