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Brief Overview of this course, this course:

Pennsylvania requires, if you are under 18, you need to complete a DMV-approved drivers education course to earn a certificate of completion. This certificate is required in order to obtain your instruction permit (learners permit) and ultimately your driver's license. 


This course:

Is approved by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education for any student or licensee statewide. 
Was designed to provide the opportunity for all young drivers to receive a driving education regardless of where they live. 


Why are there laws regarding Graduated License?

To enhance safety on Pennsylvania roads, changes to the Vehicle Code involving graduated driver licensing requirements were made in reference to passenger restrictions for junior drivers and passenger restraint laws. The rules took effect in Dec. 2011. The changes to the law were initiated to help junior drivers receive more comprehensive training, and ease young driver distractions through limiting the number of passengers.  


How much time do I have to drive during the supervised driving phase? 

The number of hours increased from 50 to 65, including 10 hours at night, and 5 hours in poor weather before taking the junior license test. 


Can a junior license holder transport any passengers? 

For the first 6 months after receiving their junior driver’s license

If they have not been convicted of a driving violation or been partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash after six months, 

If they have any convictions or are partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash while a junior driver, they are once again restricted to one passenger.


What are the seat belt requirements? 

Drivers and occupants in a vehicle who are under the age of 18 must wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt, and children under the age of eight must be securely fastened in a child restraint system. Failure to comply with the new law’s seat belt provisions is a primary offense, meaning that a driver can be pulled over and cited solely for that violation. 



Common Questions



When can I get a learner’s permit?


Have the ages at which permits and driver licenses are issued been raised because of this new law?

Are 18-year-old drivers affected by the new teen driving law?

What is the definition of a “family member”?


Two family members, both 16, are in the same vehicle. Both are probationary license holders. How many passengers may ride in the vehicle?


If a 16-year-old probationary license holder is driving a vehicle with a passenger 18 years or older, can they have another passenger with them?


Would I need to present proof of relationship for additional passengers?


Are there exceptions for 16-year-old drivers to take more than one unrelated passenger to school or school activities?


Students carpool to and from school and activities. Allowing fewer passengers in one vehicle increases the amount of vehicles operated, as well as increases emissions. Why increase the likelihood of more crashes?


Why were the restricted hours expanded from 1 a.m.-5 a.m. to midnight-6 a.m.?


How are these new laws going to be enforced?