Any teenager age 16 or 17 may be issued a junior diver's license. A junior license prohibits a young driver from operating a vehicle on a public highway between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Exceptions are made for junior drivers who are members of a volunteer fire company or who have to travel later due to work. Also, under the junior license, the number of passengers in a vehicle may not exceed the number of seatbelts. In the event of an accident under which the junior driver is partially or fully responsible, operating privileges may be suspended until the driver reaches 18 years of age or for no more than 90 days.
For a junior license driver to qualify for a full, unrestricted license, he or she must have had a junior license for a full year, remained crash and conviction free and have completed a state-approved driver's education course.
If a junior licensed driver is caught violating the nighttime driving restriction, he or she is subject to a $25 fine plus up to two points on his or her driving record. If a junior licensed driver is caught violating the seatbelt restriction, he or she is subject to a $10 fine.