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What restrictions come with my Class C instruction permit or my provisional license?

A Class C instruction permit allows a learning driver to operate the same vehicles that a Class C license will allow. However, it holds the following restrictions:

• A licensed driver, who is at least 21 years old, must be seated in the front passenger seat. In addition, this supervising driver must have held a license for three years in order for any driving done by the permit holder to count toward the hours driven requirement.
• Permit holders under the age of 18 may not operate a vehicle when using a mobile communications device, to include talking on a cell phone with a hands-free accessory. Those over 18 may use a hands-free device.

A provisional license also has restrictions for a young driver that gradually get less over time. During the first six months, these restrictions do not allow the driver to:

• Drive between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless the driver is
• Driving between home and work
• Driving between home and a school event where no other transportation is available
• Driving for employment purposes or
• When accompanied by a licensed driver over the age of 25 years old.
Drive with a passenger under the age of 20 years who is not a member of the driver’s immediate family.

After the first six months, the driver may not drive with more than three passengers under the age of 20 who are not immediate family members. The restrictions and exemptions for driving between midnight and 5:00 a.m. remain in effect for one year, or until the driver turns 18, whichever comes first.

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