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Restrictions on a Probationary Driver's License

I often get this question from students who are under 18 so here are the requirements taken from the Indiana BMV site:

Telecommunication devices

You may not use any type of telecommunication device while driving except to make emergency 911 calls.

Driving restrictions

You may not drive between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for 180 days after getting your license. After you have driven for 180 days, and until you become 18 years of age, you may not drive during the following hours:

  • Saturday and Sunday, between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

  • Sunday through Thursday, after 11 p.m.

  • Monday through Friday, before 5 a.m.

You may drive at any time if you are traveling to or from work, a school-sanctioned activity, or a religious event; or if you are accompanied by an individual in the front seat of the vehicle with valid driving privileges who is at least 25 years of age or a spouse with valid driving privileges at least 21 years of age.

Driving with passengers

You may not drive with passengers for 180 days after getting your probationary license, unless you are also accompanied in the front seat by a licensed instructor, an individual with a valid driver’s license who is at least 25 years of age or a spouse who is at least 21 years of age. You may transport your child, stepchild, sibling, step or half sibling or spouse during the hours allowed by law without another accompanying individual.

Court diversion programs

You will not qualify for court diversion programs.


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