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NYS Graduated License Law

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Upstate Restrictions - Junior License

After you have held a permit in valid status for six months you may take a road test. When you pass the road test, DMV will issue you a junior license (Class DJ or MJ).

With your Junior License

You may drive:

  • Without a supervising driver between the hours of 5 AM and 9 PM.
  • Between the hours of 9 PM and 5 AM you may drive without a supervising driver only directly between your home and:
  • In any circumstance other than those described above, you may drive between the hours of 9 PM and 5 AM only under the direct supervision of your parent, guardian or a person "in loco parentis."
    • The person who supervises your driving must be at least age 21 and have a license valid for the vehicle you are driving.
    • The only passenger allowed in the front seat is your supervising driver.
  • With no more than one passenger under age 21 unless they are members of your immediate family.
    • You can have more than one passenger under age 21 if your supervising driver is your licensed parent, guardian, person "in loco parentis," driver education teacher or driving school instructor.
  • Only when you and every passenger wears a seat belt, one seat belt per person. All children under age four must ride in federally-approved child safety seats.
    • If the child is more than 40 pounds in weight, they must use a proper child restraint system such as a booster seat.
    • Until their 8th birthday children must use a proper child restraint system.
    • Children more than four feet nine inches tall are allowed to use a seat belt and shoulder harness.

Penalties for Traffic Violations as a Junior Driver

Your junior permit, license, or privileges will be suspended for 60 days if you are convicted of one serious traffic violation or two other violations that were committed while you held a junior permit or license.

Your junior permit, license, or privileges will be revoked for 60 days if you are convicted of one serious traffic violation or two other violations within the first six months after your permit, license or privileges are restored after a suspension or revocation.

A "serious traffic violation" is normally a violation that carries three or more driver violation points.