License Requirements

To obtain a Minor’s Provisional License you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Prove that you have finished both driver education and driver training (DMV forms).
  • Have had an instruction permit for at least 6 months.
  • Provide a parent’s signature on your instruction permit stating you have completed all the driving practice outlined in the Parent- Teen Training Aide. (Certain other persons may sign.) This booklet is available at your local DMV field office.
  • Complete 50 hours of supervised driving practice (10 hours must be completed at night).
  • Your parents must certify to this training.
  • Pass the behind-the-wheel driving test. If you fail the test, you must wait two weeks so that you can practice before you are tested again. You have three chances to pass the driving test within the time your permit is valid.
  • You may drive alone with your provisional license, as long as you are not involved in accidents or have traffic violations. The following restrictions apply:
    During the first six months after you are licensed, you must be accompanied by a driver 25 years of age or older if you drive between the hours of midnight and 5:00 am or if you transport people under age 20.
    During the second six months after you are licensed, you must be accompanied by a driver 25 years of age or older if you drive between the hours of midnight and 5:00 am. However, you may transport passengers under age 20 without supervision between the hours of 5:00 am and midnight.

Minor’s Restriction Exceptions

These exceptions are granted when reasonable transportation is not available and it is necessary for the minor to drive. A note is required explaining the necessity and the date the driving necessity will end.

  • Medical necessity. The note must be signed by your physician.
  • School or school-authorized activity. The note must be signed by your school principal, dean, or his or her designee.
  • Employment necessity. The note must be signed by your employer and verify employment and date the employment will end.
  • Immediate need of family member. The note must be signed by your parent or legal guardian and include the reason and the date the driving necessity will end.
  • Emancipated minor. No documentation is needed. However, you must have already declared yourself, emancipated and provided Proof of Financial Responsibility (SR 1 P) in lieu of your guarantors’

When you become 18 years old, the “provisional” part of your license ends. You may keep the photo license you have which will expire on the fourth or fifth birthday after the date you applied for it or you may apply for a duplicate license without the word “provisional.” The fee for a duplicate license is $15.