Driver Services

Teen Drivers

Graduated Instruction Permit Requirements

  • The teen must be at least 15 years and 6 months old.
  • The teen and parent must provide necessary application documents. See Driver License Information.
  • The teen must pass written and vision tests.
  • The teen must have a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age seated in the front seat next to him or her at all times.

Graduated Driver License Requirements

  • The teen must be at least 16 years old.
  • The teen must hold an Arizona class G permit for at least six months.
  • The teen must have completed 20 hours of supervised, behind-the-wheel daytime driving practice and 10 hours of supervised, behind the wheel nighttime driving practice — a total of 30 hours — before applying for graduated driver license.
  • For the first six months, a teen with a graduated driver license cannot drive between the hours of midnight to 5 a.m. unless one of these conditions is met:
    • A parent or legal guardian who has a valid driver license is sitting in the front passenger seat.
    • The teen is driving to or from a sanctioned school sponsored activity, sanctioned religious activity, place of employment or family emergency.
  • A teen with a Graduated Driver License shall not drive a motor vehicle containing more than one passenger under the age of 18 on a public highway unless one of these conditions is met:
    • The passengers are the teen driver's siblings.
    • The teen driver is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with a valid driver license who occupies the front passenger seat.
Note: If the teen driver has no outstanding extensions of the restricted driving period or suspension of driving privileges during the completion of the first six months of restricted driving, the teen may drive without restriction until eligible to apply for a Class D driver license beginning at age 18.

Parent/Guardian Approval

For teens younger than 18, the application for an instruction permit or driver license must be signed by at least one adult (see below). The adult will be responsible for any negligence or willful misconduct when the teen is driving.

The application must be signed by

  • one natural/adoptive parent if married to the other natural/adoptive parent.
  • both natural/adoptive parents if not married to each other but share joint custody.
  • one natural/adoptive parent with sole custody.
  • a legal guardian (proof required).
  • a foster parent living with the minor (proof required).
  • an employer of the minor (parents' death certificates must be shown).

The signatures must be witnessed by an MVD agent or by a notary public. Signatures obtained for an instruction permit will be required again for a driver license. This information sheet contains the laws that apply to legal guardian authority for a driver license for a minor. 

 

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Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.