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Start Smart: Provisional License Information

A Provisional Driver License is given to people under 18 years old. California Vehicle Code Section 12814.6:

FIRST YEAR RESTRICTIONS

  • Shall not drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless accompanied and supervised by a licensed driver who is the parent/guardian, a licensed driver who is 25 years of age or older, or a certified driving instructor.

  • Shall not transport passengers who are under the age of 20 unless accompanied and supervised by a licensed driver who is the parent/guardian, a licensed driver who is 25 years of age or older, or a certified driving instructor.


*The following exceptions apply:

  • Medical necessity (with a letter from a physician)

  • Employment necessity (with a letter from employer)

  • School-authorized activities (with a letter from the school)

  • Parental consent (with a letter signed by parent) for immediate family member

  • Emancipated minor

 

*Each exception requires specific documentation and must
include the date the exemption will cease. For more information,
please contact your local CHP office.

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