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Driving with a Provisional License

If you are considering whether a newly licensed teen is ready to drive alone, then that teen has passed an on-road driving exam and has a provisional license. This temporary license, also known as an intermediate or probationary license, typically lasts 6 to 12 months and restricts certain activities known to be risky for new drivers.

Consider a provisional license as a “learner permit plus” rather than a “full license minus.” By passing the behind-the-wheel test, teens have demonstrated that they are ready to practice driving independently. The Intermediate Period of GDL establishes a supportive framework for them to continue to learn without the additional pressures and dangers associated with full licensure.

In this section you will find practical tips for driving with a provisional license. It’s important to make sure that new drivers are ready to practice on their own and arrive at the end of the provisional license period uninjured and prepared to handle the responsibility of a full license.   

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