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Laws for New Drivers

Indiana's New Graduated Licensing Law:

*** Cell phone / Texting:
Prohibits persons under age 21 from using any type of telecommunications
device while operating a vehicle except for making 911 emergency calls.


*** Nighttime driving prohibited:
10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for first 180 days of driving. After first 180 days: Sun. - Thurs. 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning;
Sat. and Sun. mornings 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
EXEMPTION: Work, school, or church related functions or if accompanied by a 
licensed driver 25 years or older.


*** Restrictions on passengers
No passengers for the first 180 days unless accompanied by a licensed instructor
or licensed driver 25 years or older.
EXEMPTIONS: a sibling and/or child of the driver OR a spouse and/or child of
the driver. (Allows for an unlicensed parent, guardian, or stepparent who is at least 21 years of age and in the front seat.)


Effective July 1, 2015
Learner Permit - Supervised Driving Only
Minimum Age:
15 years with Driver Education (may not begin classroom or behind-the-wheel training before this time.)
16 years without Driver Ed


Probationary License - Unsupervised Driving Restrictions
Minimum Age:
16 years and 90 days with Driver Ed.
16 years and 270 days without Driver Ed.


Mandatory Holding Period:
Must have held Learner Permit for 180 days.


Minimum Supervised Driving:
50 hours of supervised practice driving with a licensed instructor or licensed driver (blood relative) at least 25 years old or a spouse that is at least 21 years old
(10 hours must be nighttime driving). Applies to ALL new drivers.


Effective July 1, 2012:
Students enrolled in Driver Education must pass the knowledge skills test at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in order to obtain a Learner Permit for driving.

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