What restrictions apply to new and teen drivers with a TN drivers license? Tennessee

Teens with either a Tennessee learners permit or an intermediate restricted drivers license do have to deal with special rules.

TN Drivers Permit Restrictions

These apply only if you're younger than 18 years old.

  • Must have your driving permit at least for 180 days and have no more than five points on your driving record before taking the road test.
  • No driving between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Must have a licensed driver who is at least 21 with you .
  • Everyone in your car must be protected by a safety belt or an approved child restraint device.

TN Intermediate License Restrictions

  • No driving between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or driving to and from work, school activities, hunting, or fishing.
  • Only one passenger may be with you when driving unless you have a fully licensed driver who is at least 21 in the car.
  • Everyone in your car must be protected by a safety belt or an approved child restraint device.
In regards to items #1 and #2, please note that other exceptions may apply; contact the Tennessee Department of Safety at (866) 849-3548 for full details about these exceptions, as well as to learn more about teen driver license restrictions.

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