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Washington DC Graduated Driver Licensing laws

Laws that help teens learn safe driving skills

When your teen starts to drive, safety is the first priority. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws help protect your new driver while they're learning good habits. By implementing requirements like learner's permits, these laws help your teen build important skills and experience to be a successful—and safe—driver.

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Washington DC Graduated Driver Licensing Provisions

 
 
Minimum age
16 years old2
Learner stage duration
6 months2
Required supervised driving hours
40 hours, 10 of which must be at night in intermediate stage
Nighttime driving restriction
Sept. to June: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Su. - Th.); 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. (Sa. - Su.); July to Aug.: 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m.2
Passenger restriction
(family members are exempt unless otherwise noted)
No passengers unless the intermediate stage is completed, then no more than 2 passengers under 21 until 18 years old.2
Minimum age for full-privilege driving
6 months or until 21 years old (whichever comes first)2


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GDL requirements provided for informational purposes only. State requirements vary by state and may change from time to time. Check with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety if you have questions about current state requirements.

1"Graduated Driver Licensing." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 Apr. 2010. Web. 18 June 2013.

2Further restrictions or details may apply. Please visit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for more information.
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