Drivers license questions

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Drivers license questions
Mon, 04-29-2013 - 4:31pm

My oldest turned 15 today :)  Wow! 

My ds has been talking about getting his permit the past few months but we haven't done any research into what needs to happen for him to get his license when he turns 16.  My dh and I had a short convo last night about it and discussed what restrictions we would place on it.  We both feel that his grades need to be at a certain level, I think that was the most important requirement.  What types of rules or restrictions does your teen have to follow in order to get/keep their driving privileges?  This is unchartered territory for us, so any advice would be much appreciated!



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Registered: 09-30-2011
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 10:36am

Happy (belated) birthday to your son! My oldest just turned 14 so I have about another year to live in denial-land but I know it will come soon enough. Undecided

Just wanted to say I LOVE the idea of having them do all the leg-work/research for the process. Knowing my son and his lazy tendencies, I could very well buy myself some time using this strategy, LOL.


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Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 05-31-2013 - 8:13am
Illinois makes it easy, it is a graduation requirement.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 01-06-2000
Fri, 06-21-2013 - 7:58pm

In our state, they can apply for a permit when they turn 16 and pass the written test.
Then, they must practice driving for at least 6 months and log 80 hours of driving - including a certain amount in the dark and a certain amount in bad weather.

So, the earliest they can test for their license is 16.5
You also have to schedule your driver's test appointment, and it's typically at least a month out when you are looking for an appointment.

DD took her permit test just after her 16th birthday, and tested for her license about 6 weeks before her 17th birthday. 

She pass the first time, and I am pretty confident of her driving.  But, the reality is, she hasn't had all that many opportunities to take the car out on her own anyway.  Either we are all going to the same place.  Or, I need the car and can't let her have it.

The times she does take the car the requirements are:
State Law:  No driving between 11pm and 5 am
State Law:  Only allowed one underage passenger (unless family)
My law:  Text upon arrival, text when leaving to come home (before starting to drive obviously!)

When they turn 18, (or one year after getting license and no accidents) some of the state restrictions on the license are lifted.