Can minors drive other minors?

Unless you live under a rock, you probably already know that anyone under the age of 18 in the United States is termed as a minor. Minors as young as 16 years old are legally allowed to drive with the right permits and guidance.

However, as you might have expected, these minors are allowed to drive only under certain conditions. While most teens are easily offended by the restrictions that are imposed on them, especially when they are driving, these conditions and restrictions are extremely important not only for their safety and wellbeing, but also for the safety of other motorists. Additionally, the right restrictions at the right age teach minors valuable lessons that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Interested in finding out the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about minors when it comes to driving? Read on to find out all of the details you need to know.


How long will the restrictions last?

If you are a minor, you will be glad to know that the restrictions that we are about to mention will no longer be applicable after your 18th birthday. Some restrictions may also be removed from your driving license before you turn 18 years old in case you complete 12 months of having your license before your 18th birthday.

Are there any hours during which minors are not allowed to drive?

Minors may not drive between 11p.m. and 5 a.m. But don’t fret, there are some exceptions that can be made. You are allowed to drive during these hours even before your 18th birthday if you need to go somewhere for employment purposes, for school, to attend religious activities, or if there is a medical necessity that you must travel for.

The reason for this is that data from the Department of Motor Vehicles shows that people are more likely to get into major accidents between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Minors are restricted from driving during these hours to ensure that they don’t get into trouble or accidents during these hours. Minors may also not be able to drive properly when it gets too dark which is why it is best if they don’t drive during restricted hours unless it is absolutely necessary.

Can minors drive other minors?

If you are a minor, there are several restrictions that apply to you during the first six months of having your license. You may only drive with a licensed driving instructor, parent or legal guardian with a valid driver’s license, or someone who is over the age of 20 only if they are providing you with instructions. This instructor, too, must have had a license for a minimum of 4 years without any suspensions.

After the first six months have passed, you may also start driving with other immediate family members like your siblings in addition to all of the afore-mentioned people.

What this means is that you cannot transport other minors or people under the age of 20 unless you have a licensed instructor, parent or guardian with you.

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