In addition, many jurisdictions have other guidelines that a holder of a driver's permit must follow while driving. These may include:
Learners who are minors must have permission from a parent or guardian, and usually must have had the learner's permit for six months before being able to obtain a driver's license.
A computerized knowledge test is not required in most states. A permit is obtained by showing proof of age and identity and proof of enrollment in a driver's education class.
An adult learner need only have the driver's permit for a few weeks before being able to get a driver's license.
The United States has the youngest driving age in the world. Although New Zealand allows people to drive alone at 15 1/2, 7 of the 50 states allow people to drive alone at 15 1/2 or as early as 14 1/2 in North and South Dakota.
Age to get permit varies per state. Here are the ages in each state where it is allowed to be achieved.
14 years, 3 months
14 years, 6 months
14 years, 9 months
15 years, 6 months
15 years, 7 months
15 years, 9 months
15 years, 10 months
Learner's permits do not exist in New Hampshire. You may drive with adult supervision after reaching 15 years, 6 months.
To obtain a restricted license, the driver must be the minimum age for testing and have had his or her permit for the required duration. A computerized knowledge test is first required. After that is passed, a 10-15 minute drive test is given. It consists of driving around a residential neighborhood. There are no hazard tests. If you fail the test, you must usually wait a week or two to retake it. Here is a list of the minimum ages in each state in which a restricted license (driver may drive alone, but with restrictions):
14 years, 6 months
15 years, 6 months
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
16 years, 3 months
16 years, 6 months
Here is the list of the ages in each state where a full license may be obtained (no restriction except for alcohol if under age 21). No additional driving test is required to obtain one. A full license is usually given after having a restricted license for six months to a year or reaching age 18, whichever is sooner.
No restricted license (driver automatically starts with full license after passing test)
16 years, 6 months
16 years, 9 months
17 years, 3 months
17 years, 6 months
17 years, 9 months
In Canada, the minimum age varies from province to province and may be 14 or 16. In Ontario, a G1 License is issued to new drivers at the age of 16 after completing a written test. G1 license restrictions include:
After a period of one year (or eight months if the person has taken a ministry-licensed safe driving course) the learner may upgrade their G1 to a G2 license by taking a road test. The G2 license has fewer restrictions, but still requires seat belts and a BAC of 0. A G2 license does not have time or road restrictions, and the learner is free to drive alone. After one year with a G2, the learner may upgrade to their full G class license by taking another road test, which has a major highway component. A similar program is in effect for motorcycles, the M class license.
In the United Kingdom, the minimum age at which a provisional licence (learner's permit) is valid is 17 (16 for driving a tractor or riding a scooter).But the period of learning may be increased soon, making it almost impossible to receive a full driving licence before they are 18. When driving under a provisional license, the learner must be accompanied by a driver holding a full driving license who is over the age of 21 and has held a full driver's license for a minimum of three years. The vehicle being driven by the learner must also be fitted with L-plates on both the back and front of the vehicle. This tells other road users that the vehicle is being operated by a driver without their full license and that they may make mistakes easily and that the driver may not be fully competent yet. The L-plate consists of a white square plate (often tied to the vehicle or attached by magnets) with a large red L in the middle.
In Sweden, the minimum age is 16 to get a basic car learner's permit; 17 years and six months are required for more advanced vehicle combinations
In New Zealand any person 15 years or over can sit a learner's licensing test, which is a theory multiple choice test on road rules. Once they have passed this, they may drive with an adult who has had their full license for at least two years. They must display L plates at all times when driving. After at least 6 months have passed, they take a road test in order to receive their restricted license. On a restricted license, the learner may only drive between 5am and 10pm, with no passengers other than their dependent children, spouse, or persons holding a full license for more than 2 years. Learners who sit the practical test in an automatic car are only legally allowed to drive an automatic while restricted. People can also sit a full license road test after 18 months or a year if they have undertaken a defensive driving course. Those above the age of 30 do not have to take a test for a driver's license.
In Jamaica any person 17 years or over may apply for a Provisional (Learners) License.