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What restrictions come with my driver’s permit?

The State of New York has the following restrictions:

Learner’s Permit Restrictions
• You must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, person “in loco parentis”, driver education teacher or driving school instructor. The person must be at least 21 years or older and have a valid license for the type of vehicle being driven. The vehicle must have dual brakes.

• You are allowed to drive in New York City or the five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and Queens) and Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties) between the hours of 5 am and 9 pm when supervised by a parent, guardian, person “in loco parentis”, driver education teacher or driving school instructor. The person must be at least 21 years or older and have a valid license for the type of vehicle being driven. The vehicle must have dual brakes.

• You are not allowed to drive in the following places:

1. Any road test area
2. On any street or park in New York City under the jurisdiction of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority
3. On any bridge or in any tunnel under the jurisdiction of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority
4. On the Cross County, Hutchinson River, Saw Mill River or Taconic State parkways in Westchester County

• You are not allowed to have more than one passenger in the vehicle unless they are a member of your immediate family.

• You must be accompanied by a person who is 21 years or older and has a valid license for the type of vehicle being driven when driving between 5 am and 9 pm in all other counties in upstate New York.

• You must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, person “in loco parentis”, driver education teacher or driving school instructor when driving between 9 pm and 5 am in all other counties in upstate New York. The person must be at least 21 years or older and have a valid license for the type of vehicle being driven.

Junior Driver’s License
• You are not allowed to drive in New York City or the five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and Queens) at any time.

• You may drive alone between 5 am and 9 pm on Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties) only when driving to or from:

1. Your home and place of employment (must have proof of employment)
2. To attend a work-study program (must have proof of enrollment)
3. To attend a course at a college, university or registered evening high school (must have proof of enrollment)
4. To attend a driver education course (must have proof of enrollment)
5. While engaged in farm employment (must have proof of employment)

At all other times you must be accompanied by your licensed parent, guardian, person “in loco parentis”, driver education teacher or driving school instructor.

• You may drive alone between 5 am and 9 pm in all other counties in upstate New York.

• You may drive alone between 9 pm and 5 am in all other counties in upstate New York only when driving to or from:

1. Your home and place of employment
2. Your home and school course

At all other times you must be accompanied by your licensed parent, guardian, person “in loco parentis”, driver education teacher or driving school instructor.

• You are not allowed to have more than one passenger in the vehicle unless they are a member of your immediate family.

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