Graduated Drivers License

Graduated Drivers License 

For drivers under the age of 18, the rules of the Pennsylvania Learners Permit are governed by the graduated license laws. Which is laid out in three phases.

Learners Permit

  • A six-month time period to practice and gain experience behind the wheel is required before a young driver may take the road test for a junior license.
  • The driver must be accompanied by a licensed driver at all times, at least 18-21 years old.
  • For the driver, the six months of practicing must include at least 65 hours of practical, adult-supervised driving experience. The 65 must include 10 hours of night driving and five hours of driving in poor weather conditions.
  • There is a curfew in effect from 11 pm to 6 am. You must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while operating a vehicle during these hours.  
  • Passengers must be kept to the number of seatbelts available in the vehicles. Only one non-member of the immediate family under the age of 18, is allowed in the vehicle at once.  
  • The learner’s permit will be valid for one year with extensions for those requiring more practice time.  

Junior License 

Drivers who have a junior license have satisfactorily completed all learner’s permit requirements, including the road test, but the following restrictions still apply:

  •  Even with a junior license, a driver may not drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Exceptions for employment, volunteers, and charities but the driver must carry proper documentation regarding their need to travel.
  • Young drivers can only have one (1) non-family member under 18 with them in the vehicle. After six months of driving with the juniors driver’s license, the restriction rises to three passengers under 18.

Unrestricted Drivers License

An unrestricted license, which is typically issued at age 18 — provides unlimited driving privileges to teenage drivers who have progressed through the graduated system and have a history of safe driving.

  • The number of passengers must not exceed the number of seat belts in the vehicle.

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