The Permit PhaseThis 9-month long phase is for drivers who are 15. Their driving permit can be revoked if they violate these rules:
- They must practice driving for at least 50 hours under the supervision of a parent or any adult who is older than 21 and has a driver’s license
- They cannot text while driving or be charged with a DUI during the phase
- They always must wear safety belts when they are driving - and this includes their passengers.
- The number of passengers should not exceed one in the front seat.
- They cannot use a cell phone while driving, except to make emergency calls.
Initial Licensing PhaseAfter completing the permit phase, drivers who are 16- to 17-years-old must pass the Initial Licensing Phase. This includes the same rules and regulations with a few changes such as:
- They must maintain a pristine driving record for six (6) months before they turn 18. If they get a conviction during this phase, that restriction may get an extension.
- For the first 12 months of this licensing phase or until the driver turns 18, the number of passengers they can have in their vehicles is limited to a single person who is younger than 20. The only exceptions include a sibling, a stepchild, or the child of the driver. Once this period has ended, the driver can have more than one passenger up front.