Q. Why is the department discriminating against teen drivers?
A. The department is not discriminating. It is implementing legislation to save lives. Recent statistics show that citations/serious accidents involving provisional drivers during the 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM period have dramatically increased over the past five years. The change in law should reduce accidents and save lives.
Q. How will these restrictions show on my driving record?
A. The restrictions will read: "First 12 months of licensure may not transport passengers under age 20, and may not drive between the hours of 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM without parent/other driver as specified in Section 12814.6 CVC."
Q. When the restrictions end, will they be removed from my record automatically?
A. Yes, the restrictions will be automatically removed from your record when the 12 months have ended or when you turn age 18, whichever comes first.
Q. I work a summer job which requires me to drive between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM. Can I apply for an exception?
A. California Vehicle Code Section 12814.6 provides an exception for a person who has to work, provided that reasonable transportation facilities are inadequate. You must carry a statement with you that is signed by your employer verifying your employment and indicating the date your employment is expected to end. An application for an exception is not necessary.
Q. Are there any other exceptions to the restrictions?
A. There are a few exceptions that you need to be aware of:
Q. I did not receive the letter notifying me of the new restrictions and I was cited by law enforcement for violating these restrictions. What can I do?
A. The department has made a reasonable effort to notify every driver and his or her parents /guardians by mail and has notified the newspapers and media about this change in the law. It is the responsibility of the driver and his or her parents/guardians to be aware of changes in the law affecting the driving privilege.
Q. My friend and I got our licenses at the same time. Why is my license restricted and his is not?
A. Has your friend turned 18 years of age? The restrictions end when a driver turns age 18. Make sure your friend is aware of the new changes in the law.
Q. When the restrictions end, will I receive a new license?
A. No, a new driver license will not be issued.
Q. Can I drive in the event of an emergency even though my provisional license is restricted?
A. The law does not provide for emergencies; only for exceptions as listed in Vehicle Code Section 12814.6. It is the discretion of law enforcement to determine if they will cite you for violating your provisional license restrictions.