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New teen drivers and mature drivers

During the first 12 months of holding a license, new drivers…

  • May not operate a vehicle from midnight through 6 a.m. unless:
    • Accompanied by a parent or guardian
    • Driving to or from work with documentation from the employer (see form BMV 2825)
    • Driving to or from an official school-sponsored event or a religious event with appropriate documentation from the event official (see form BMV 2826)
  • May not operate a vehicle with more than one non-family member as a passenger unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Must wear seat belts.
  • May not use any mobile devices, including phones.
  • With a conviction of a traffic offense within the first six months of having a license may result in a parent or guardian having to accompany the driver for six months or until the driver reaches age 17.

New drivers after 12 months with a license and under age 18…

  • May not operate a vehicle between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless:
    • Accompanied by a parent or guardian
    • Driving to or from work with documentation from the employer (see form BMV 2825)
    • Driving to or from an official school-sponsored event or a religious event with appropriate documentation from the event official (see form BMV 2826)
    • New driver and all passengers must wear seat belts.
  • May not use any mobile devices, including phones.
  • Multiple traffic convictions before the driver’s 18th birthday may result in a license suspension. For alcohol-related convictions, the driver license will be suspended for at least six months (see Ohio Revised Code 4511.19).
New driver resources and info:

Mature Drivers

Age-related changes and health conditions can make driving more difficult, yet age alone is not a reason to stop driving. It’s important to not generalize, especially about mature drivers. Some people are perfectly healthy and safe to drive through age 99 and older, while for others it may be unsafe for them to drive at age 67 or younger.

Check out this list of mature driver resources we’ve gathered to help you get the knowledge needed to take steps now to maintain safe driving for years to come.

Medications and medical conditions may put your safety and driving at risk. Read on to learn how.

Click here for resource about driving with health issues like arthritis, glaucoma, and more.

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