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As of May 1st, teens (age 16-20 years of age) holding a permit or provisional license have new requirements to comply with.

Teen drivers holding a provisional license (which will be changed to be called a probationary license) and those on permits:

  • may not be on the road between 11:01 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • may transport only one passenger in the vehicle besides his or her dependents. (Note: If a parent or guardian is in the vehicle, the passenger restriction is waived and the teen may transport as many passengers as there are seat belts.)
  • may not use a cell phone (hand-held or hands-free), ipod or other wireless electronic device. (Note: GPS systems — portable or built-in — and ipods connected to a vehicle's sound system are permitted, but a teen should not make any adjustments to these devices while driving.)
  • must ensure that all vehicle occupants are properly restrained in child safety seats or seat belts.
  • must display a decal on the front and rear license plate.
  • may not plea bargain any point carrying offenses.

There will be NO grandfathering of existing permit and provisional license holders. Regardless of how much time a GDL holder has remaining on her or his permit or provisional license, he or she must abide by these requirements beginning May 1.


The decals must be displayed on a vehicle's front and rear license plate when a permit or provisional license holder under 21 years of age is driving. The decal will be:

  • affixed with a velcro system to allow for its removal when the GDL holder is not behind the wheel.
  • reflectorized so that it can be seen at night.
  • non-descript (it is intended for enforcement purposes).
  • will be able to be purchased for $4 per pair at MVC agencies. (Note: MVC is developing a bulk purchase program for driving and high schools, police departments, and other organizations.)

We urge Parents to review for additional information. 

Posted 10:35 AM

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