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In Ohio, who is allowed to drive in the car with a driver who only has their temporary license?


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The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) issues Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Cards (TIPIC) to applicants that are at least fifteen years and six months of age.In Ohio when you can obtain a temporary permit and you are between 15 1/2 years old and 16 years of age you MUST be accompanied by a licensed parent, guardian or certified driving instructor who actually occupies the seat beside of you, the driver.

A parent or legal guardian who cannot accompany the minor may sign a loco parentis affidavit. The affidavit permits a responsible driver 21 years of age to fulfill the parental responsibilities in the absence of the parent or legal guardian.

Once you, the permit holder, turn 16 years of age you may drive with any valid licensed driver 21 years of age or older sitting in the front seat next to you.At any age, while carrying a temporary license in Ohio the number of vehicle occupants is limited to the total number of originally installed safety belts. All occupants must be wearing safety belts when the vehicle is being driven by a temporary permit holder.

Other restrictions on a temporary license and then probationary license (the next step in the graduated licensing process in Ohio) include:

  1. Probationary driver license holders under the age of 17 will not be permitted to operate a motor vehicle with more than one person who is not a family member in the vehicle, unless accompanied by the license holder's parent, guardian, or legal custodian.
  2. Probationary driver license holders between 17 and 18 years of age will be restricted from driving between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless the holder is accompanied by a parent or guardian, with the following exceptions: an emergency situation, driving to or from a school activity, or driving to or from work. Travel to or from work is permitted provided the teen has written documentation from the employer.
  3. Probationary license holders under the age of 17 are prohibited from driving between 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and 6:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian with the same exceptions as above. This is a change to the previous restriction of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  4. Permit holders under the age of 18 will be prohibited from driving between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or legal custodian who holds a valid license. This is a change to the previous restriction of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  5. If a probationary driver license holder under the age of 17 is convicted of having committed one moving violation during the first six months of having a driver license, the person must be accompanied by a parent or guardian whenever operating a motor vehicle during the six-month period commencing on the date on which the person is convicted of or pleads guilty to the moving violation or until the person attains the age of 17.
  6. Safety belts must be available to all passengers, and everyone must be buckled up. This applies to all Temporary Permit holders and those Licensed Drivers under age 18

So when you move up and have a probationary driver license and are under the age of 17 you will not be permitted to operate a motor vehicle with more than one person who is not a family member in the vehicle, unless accompanied by your parent, guardian, or legal custodian.With a permit you must have a supervising driver next to you at all times and thus are not limited to the amount of other passengers you have in the car, except by the number of seat belts in the vehicle.

For more information about the restrictions and conditions on a temporary license holder or the graduated driver licensing process in Ohio contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Go hereĀ get information on teen insurance and then get a quote for your young driver insurance needs here.


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