Teen Drivers: How to Get a Learner's Permit
Getting the learner’s permit is one of the first steps a teenager takes into adulthood. For parents, on the other hand, it can be an unnerving time to see their child behind the wheel for the first time, but it shouldn't have to be if the right steps are taken. In this article, we’ll share how to get the learner’s permit and ensure your child is off to a great start on the road!
What is a Learner's Permit?
While it can go by various names such as driver’s permit, learner’s permit, or even learner’s license, all these terms refer to a document that gives permission to people under the age of 18 to practice and learn the act of driving under the supervision of a licensed driver.
In order to obtain this permit, the teenager will first be required to take and pass a written knowledge test first. It’s common and recommended to take a driving course first or, at least, study the handbook provided by the DMV and take practice tests before going for the actual written knowledge exam. Normally, students must obtain a score of 70% or higher in order to pass the learner’s permit test, but it varies from state to state. If the teen driver passes the exam, then a permit will be issued by the DMV and they will be allowed to drive under the supervision of an experienced driver.
No further steps are to be taken at this stage and, in many instances, 6 months of practice are required for the teenager before actually taking their driver’s license test.
Different Requirements For Each State
To prepare teen drivers for the challenges that come with driving a vehicle, each state has different regulations and requirements they must complete:
In California, you’re allowed to obtain your learner’s permit at the age of 15 and six months but, in order to do so, you must first complete 30 hours of training by taking a California drivers test online. It’s also mandatory to have at least 6 hours of practice behind-the-wheel to obtain a certificate that will then allow you to take the permit test.
If you live in the state of Florida, you can get your permit at the age of 15, but in order to get it, you must first pass a driving course. Just like in California, once you receive your certificate of completion you’ll be able to take the test.
Lastly, Texas residents may get their permit at the age of 14, but they’ll need to complete both classroom and behind-the-wheel training in order to take the test.
Restrictions on Learner’s Permits
Having a learner’s permit will allow a teenager to drive, but because they’re still under 18 years of age, this permit comes with certain restrictions.
As stated before, teen drivers will need to have the supervision of a licensed driver at all times. All states have this requirement. Additionally, some states may require for the licensed adult to have a certain amount of experience behind the wheel.
With a learner’s permit, teenagers are allowed to drive on all public roads, but certain restrictions may apply. Some states require that between 9 pm and 5 am, the licensed parent or guardian must be in the front seat.
It goes without saying, and this applies to both permit and licensed drivers, that texting or talking on the cell phone while driving is not allowed. Wearing a seat belt is also mandatory for everyone.
Lastly, the teenage driver must always carry their license permit. Should they lose and drive without it, they could face having to pay a fine or penalty, and having their permit revoked.
Whether you’ve been behind the wheel for two weeks or 30 years, you must always be covered by valid auto insurance. A teen driver won’t probably need to get their own policy as they will most likely be covered by their licensed parent’s auto insurance, but it’s always safe to ask your company. Infinity offers reliable auto insurance to give you and your teenage driver peace of mind. Call 1-800-INFINITY today to get a quote that adjusts to your budgets and needs or visit our website for more information.
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