Can your teen drive in another state with a learners permit?

Summer is a great time for your teen to get some behind the wheel practice.  It’s also an ideal time for families to take road trips. So put these two things together and it becomes a benefit for all. You’ll have an extra driver on the road and your teen will get additional behind the wheel experience before getting their license.

 

But, is it ok for your teen to drive in another state with only a learners permit?

 

Unfortunately, a lot of states do not allow your teen to drive with their out of state learner’s permit. One of the big reasons for this is due to fact that driving laws vary state by state. So while driving laws are one way in one state, they may be very different in another.

In Wyoming you only have to be 14 to get a learners permit. But in colorado you have to be 15 to get a learners permit. If you go upstate to New York you must be 16 to get a learners permit. So as you can see, driving laws and requirements can vary quite a bit.

So how do you know where your teen can and cannot drive?

You can check the states driver permit requirements online or call their DMV and talk to someone over the phone.

And for more driver education information click here!

 

29 Comments

  • Sam July 29, 2019

    Is a Michigan learners permit valid in Florida

    • Jayne Ubl August 9, 2019

      Yes a Michigan learners permit is valid in Florida as long as you have a licensed driver over 21 in the car when you are driving.
      We are here help.

  • Mel August 12, 2019

    Is a Nebraska permit valid in Ohio?

    • Jayne Ubl August 14, 2019

      Mel, A Nebraska permit is valid in Ohio if you are driving with a licensed driver aged 21 or older.
      Hope that helps.

  • Miki August 16, 2019

    Is a Virginia state learner’s permit valid in Tennessee?

    • Jayne Ubl August 17, 2019

      Miki, Tennessee recognizes valid out-of-state Learner’s Permits. However, if you become a resident you will need to replace your out-of-state permit with a TN Permit. This will require you submitting the necessary documents and passing a vision test.

  • Ruth August 18, 2019

    Is a Rhode Island learners permit valid in Upstate New York???

    • Jayne Ubl August 18, 2019

      Ruth,
      New York will recognize another state’s learner’s permit subject to the restrictions printed on it and the New York State restrictions for junior driver licenses under 18. A person with a valid out-of-state license for the vehicle being driven may accompany a junior driver. You may not drive in New York state if you are under 16, even if you are licensed in another state. An out of state learner’s permit is “NOT” valid in New York City. In all areas of the state except New York City, Nassau or Suffolk counties, a nonresident licensee under 18 years of age may operate a vehicle from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. when accompanied by a licensed driver over 18 years of age. He may operate a motor vehicle between the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. only when accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian.

  • Sam S. August 27, 2019

    Can I use my Georgia permit (15 years old) in Wisconsin?

    • Jayne Ubl August 28, 2019

      Sam, The answer is not until you are 16. Here is what the law states “In order to drive in Wisconsin with a Learner’s Permit issued by other states, drivers must be 16 years of age, follow the restrictions of their own licenses or permits, and follow the rules of the road, traffic laws, of Wisconsin.”

      • Sam S. August 28, 2019

        Thank you!

        • DSRS August 29, 2019

          Your welcome. We are here to help!

  • Andrea O Craig August 28, 2019

    Can an Arizona permit driver drive in California?

  • Kristen September 6, 2019

    Can my 16 year old daughter use an Indiana Learner’s Permit to drive in New Orleans?
    Thanks
    Kristen

    • Jayne Ubl September 6, 2019

      Kristen,
      In New Orleans an out-of-state learner’s permit is valid in Louisiana for driving purposes. Louisiana requires that anyone with a learner’s permit must be accompanied by a licensed adult driver at least 21.

      • Kristen September 7, 2019

        Thank you!!!

        • Jayne Ubl September 8, 2019

          Your welcome. We are here to help!
          The DriveSafeRideSafe Team

  • Helene Wallace September 7, 2019

    Can an Illinois permit be used in Indiana, Michigan or Wisconsin?

    • Jayne Ubl September 8, 2019

      Helen, In Indiana, a holder of an out of state learner’s permit may legally operate a vehicle in Indiana as long as they follow the guidelines of the state in which that permit was issued. The seat beside the holder must be occupied by a guardian or relative of the holder who holds a valid operator’s, chauffeur’s or public passenger chauffeur’s license .

      In both Wisconsin and Michigan a person 16 years of age or older holding a valid learner’s permit may drive in Michigan providing they follow restrictions mandated by their State. The person must, however, be accompanied by another licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age and is seated beside the holder of the learner’s permit.

      Make sure to always drive safe and ride safe.
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      The DriveSafeRideSafe Team

  • Kim September 9, 2019

    Can my teen driver who is 16 with a permit, drive from Indiana to Illinois?

    • Jayne Ubl September 10, 2019

      Kim,

      Your teen driver with a permit can drive as long as they follow the rules below which mainly states your teen driver needs a guardian or relative with a full license to accompany them.
      Indiana -Will accept any valid learner’s permit subject to restrictions mandated by the issuing state.

      Illiois -A holder of an out of state learner’s permit may legally operate a vehicle in Indiana as long as they follow the guidelines of the state in which that permit was issued. The seat beside the holder must be occupied by a guardian or relative of the holder who holds a valid operator’s, chauffeur’s or public passenger chauffeur’s license.

      Thanks for helping us create smarter drivers, safer roads.
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      The DriveSafeRideSafe Team

    • Jayne Ubl September 10, 2019

      Kim, In Indiana, a holder of an out of state learner’s permit may legally operate a vehicle in Indiana as long as they follow the guidelines of the state in which that permit was issued. The seat beside the holder must be occupied by a guardian or relative of the holder who holds a valid operator’s, chauffeur’s or public passenger chauffeur’s license .

      In both Wisconsin and Michigan a person 16 years of age or older holding a valid learner’s permit may drive in Michigan providing they follow restrictions mandated by their State. The person must, however, be accompanied by another licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age and is seated beside the holder of the learner’s permit.

      Make sure to always drive safe and ride safe.
      Let us know if you need more information.
      We are here to help.
      The DriveSafeRideSafe Team

  • James September 10, 2019

    can I drive through NH, MA, and RI with a maine learners permit (15)

    • Jayne Ubl September 11, 2019

      James, Here is the information for Maryland, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

      Maryland- permits an individual to use a learner’s instructional permit provided that the permit holder is at least the same age as that required of a resident for the vehicle being driven in this State ( 15 years + 9 months ), and that the individual is accompanied by and under the immediate supervision of an individual who is a least 21 years of age, has been licensed for at least three years to drive vehicles of the class being driven and unless the vehicle is a motorcycle, is seated beside the holder of the learner’s instructional permit.

      Rhode Island-Will accept any valid learner’s permit subject to restriction mandated by the issuing state provided that issuing state accepts their state permit. (Reciprocity)

      New Hampshire- “In New Hampshire they don’t issue learner’s permits at all. Anyone 15 1/2 or over can drive with their parent/guardian OR any licensed driver 25 or over. They only need proof of their birth date (which can even be their learner’s permit if it has that information on it). This applies to out-of-state drivers as well” – checked this with the NH DMV, and it appears to be correct!)

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  • Tammy September 13, 2019

    Is a Michigan permit valid in Ohio

    • Jayne Ubl September 14, 2019

      Tammy,
      Ohio laws state -Nonresidents, permitted to drive upon the highways of their own states, may operate any motor vehicle upon any highway in this state without examination or license upon condition that such nonresidents may be required at any time or place to prove lawful possession, or their right to operate such motor vehicle, and to establish proper identity. Nonresidents must adhere to the restrictions outlined for the temporary permit.

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  • Jill September 14, 2019

    Can my 15 1/2 year old with an Arizona learner’s permit drive legally in Texas?

    • Jayne Ubl September 14, 2019

      Jill,
      We are sorry to say that your teen must be 16 to drive legally in Texas. The state says-A nonresident who is at least sixteen (16) years of age may drive in Texas with a Learner’s Permit from another state provided the person complies with all provisions of our statute. The instruction permit is a driving permit that will enable a beginning driver to drive with someone in the front seat that is 18 years of age or older and holds a valid license.

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