If I am a teen driver can I drive with my sibling as a passenger?

All states allow teens to have minor siblings as passengers. Each passenger in the motor vehicle is required to wear a seat belt.

Check the below grid to see which states have late night driving restrictions (i.e. no driving minor siblings between midnight and 5 a.m.) for teen drivers with learners permits or other types of restricted licenses.

Teen Drivers and Sibling Passengers

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 350,000 teens were involved in a traffic accident in 2008. The study also found that when other teens, including a sibling, are in the motor vehicle with teen drivers, the number of accidents involving a teen increase.

Graduated Drivers License Programs

Many state graduated drivers license programs require that teen drivers be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 20 years old. The licensed driver generally must have had their drivers license for five years or longer.

Graduated driver license programs also mandate that teens complete a drivers education course (the on-the-road driving test and written test are often administered during the courses) or at the very least complete a certain number of behind-the-wheel practice hours (see below).

Combined these training efforts help teens to understand the importance of focusing while they operate a motor vehicle. Teens who participate in the training programs also increase their chances of passing the statewide drivers license test.

Siblings and Behind-the-Wheel Driver Training

In addition to taking a driver education course, many states require teens to complete at least 40 hours of driver training during the day and night.

Yes No
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
Connecticut
x
Delaware
x
Florida
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
Illinois
x
Indiana
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Kentucky
x
Louisiana
x
Maine
x
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Missouri
x
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
x
New Jersey
x
New Mexico
x
New York
x
North Carolina
x
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Parent or legal guardian must be in the auto.
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
Adult licensed driver must be in the auto
Pennsylvania
x
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Texas
x
Utah
x
Vermont
x
Cannot transport minor siblings during the first six months that they have their driver license.
Virginia
x
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
Parent or legal guardian must be in the auto.
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

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