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Cons of a Provisional Driving License

After you pass your learner's permit, some states require a Provisional Driver's License. This is an intermediate driver's license for new drivers age 15 and 6 months to 18 years old, depending upon state. This period is meant to help a new driver hone his skills before receiving a full driver's license. However, a provisional driver's license does have restrictions.

Qualifying Driver

Most restrictions of a provisional driver's license include driving with qualified driver present. The definition of a qualified driver varies from state to state. For instance, in Maryland a qualified driver is 21 or older. In California, a qualified driver is 25. If a new driver goes out of state, he must adhere to the laws in his home state and the state he is visiting.

Passenger Limitations

One set back of a provisional driver is not being able to joy ride with his friends. Most states have limitations on how many passengers a provisional driver can have in his vehicle and the ages of the passengers. For example, in Maryland, a provisional license holder cannot have passengers under the age of 18 in the vehicle unless a qualifying driver over 21 is present.

Time Restrictions

Part of the provisional driving period is limited night driving. Most states consider it illegal for a provisional driver to drive between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. without a qualified driver in the car. Some states, like Alabama, prohibit night driving.

No Driving Zones

In some large cities, new drivers are prohibited from driving in certain areas. These areas are more congested or dangerous than normal routes. In New York State, a provisional driver is forbidden from driving on any street within a park in New York City or a bridge or tunnel of the Tunnel Authority.
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