This paper examines state licensing requirements and how they differ from a typical graduated licensing system. The relevant portions of the licensing sections of the motor vehicle codes for the 50 states and the District of Columbia were reviewed and data were collected on the requirements for learner's permits and driver's licenses. Representatives of the motor vehicle departments in each state were interviewed to confirm information contained in the laws and to discover other relevant information not available from the statutes. Each state's driver manual was also reviewed. Of particular interest were whether a learner's permit is required prior to licensure and if the permit is required, whether it had to be held for a minimum period before applying for a license, and if so for how long. Also of interest were the prerequisites for obtaining a learner's permit, the earliest age at which a permit could be obtained, and the term for which the permit is valid. Prerequisites for licensure and the earliest age at which a license could be obtained were also noted.


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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 19-22
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  • Accession Number: 00722482
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1996 12:00AM