A provisional license is a “standard” license for those who are under 18. You must have held a learners license or a minor restricted drivers license for 6 months and be 16 years of age in order to get a provisional license.
Under the Graduated Driver License program, provisional license holders have the following restrictions:
- They cannot drive a motor vehicle with more than one passenger under 21 who is not a family member.
- They cannot drive between midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless operation of the vehicle is necessary for the driver to work, attend or participate in a school-related activity, or due to a medical emergency.
- They are prohibited from using a wireless communication device while driving, including hands-free devices, until they turn 18, except in case of emergency.
- If they are accompanied by a licensed driver 21 and over in the front seat, none of those restrictions apply. These restrictions remain in effect for 12 months following the license issuance date or when the driver turns 18, whichever comes first. A provisional drivers license expires on their 18th birthday, and must be renewed in order to remove the “provisional” designation and obtain a permanent license.