Header: Requirements & restrictions for teen drivers

S_iconRequirements & restrictions for teen drivers

Minnesota’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) System has three phases: the Instruction Permit, the Provisional License and the Regular Class D License.

Phase I Instruction Permit

 

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 15 years of age.
  • Must have completed 30 hours of classroom instruction and be enrolled in behind-the-wheel instruction.
  • Must pass vision and written tests, complete application, and pay the required fee.
  • Parent or legal guardian signature and certification required.

Restrictions:

  • Permit holder must drive under the supervision of a certified driving instructor, parent or guardian, or other licensed driver age 21 or older.
  • No cell phone use is allowed (includes no text messaging or hands-free devices).

 

Cost of Instruction Permit: $13.25; valid for 2 years, renewable


Phase II Provisional License

 

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must have completed driver education.
  • Must have held an Instruction Permit for six months with no convictions for moving violations or convictions for alcohol/controlled substance violations. NOTE: If all or part of your six months of driving experience was in a state other than Minnesota, you must present a certified driving record from that state.
  • Must pass the Road Test, complete application, and pay required fee.
  • Must complete the required supervised driving hours.

Restrictions:

  • No cell phone use is allowed (includes no text messaging or hands-free devices).
  • Nighttime Driving Limitation — For the first six months of licensure, driving is prohibited from midnight – 5 a.m. Exemptions: Driving when accompanied by a licensed driver age 25 or older; driving between home and place of employment; driving to/from home and a school event for which the school has not provided transportation; driving for employment purposes.
  • Teen Passenger Limitations — For the first six-months of licensure, only one passenger under the age of 20 is permitted, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. For the second six-months of licensure, no more than three passengers under the age of 20 are permitted, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Exemption: Passengers under age 20 who are members of the immediate family are permitted.

Cost of Provisional License: $16.25, valid for two years


Phase III Regular License

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, or
  • Must have held a Provisional License for at least 12 consecutive months with no convictions for alcohol/controlled substance violations or crash-related moving violations, and with not more than one conviction for a moving violation that is not crash-related.
  • Must complete application and pay required fee.
  • If under 18, the person who approves the application also certifies that the applicant has driven under the supervision of a licensed driver at least 21 years of age for not less than ten hours on the provisional license.

Cost of Regular License (Under 21): $25.25.

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