As you can see from the photo, Arizona is making it easier to identify those people who are under 21 years of age by giving them a driver license that reads vertically instead of the traditional horizontal version. To the left of the photo it indicates that the driver is "Under 21" and then mentions the date that the person becomes 21.
Also in Arizona, we have what is referred to as Graduated Driver Licensing. Since it has been clearly shown that teenage drivers are high risk drivers, this Class G license is for individuals who are under 18 years of age. There are three basic steps to this system:
Class G Instruction PermitBeginning at 15 years and 6 months of age, a person can get this permit. A written and vision test is required. A licensed driver who is at least 21 years old must be in the front passenger seat at all times.
Class G LicenseBeginning at 16 years of age, a person can get a Class G License. A teen must have completed 20 hours of supervised, behind-the-wheel daytime driving practice plus 10 hours of supervised, behind the wheel night time driving practice before applying for graduated driver license. The teen must hold the class G permit for at least six months.
For the first six months of the Class G Driver License, a teen may not drive between the hours of midnight to 5 a.m. unless a parent or legal guardian with a valid driver license is in the front passenger seat, or unless the teen is driving to or from a sanctioned school sponsored activity, sanctioned religious activity, place of employment, or family emergency. A teen with a Class G Driver License may not drive with more than one passenger under the age of 18 on a public highway, unless they are siblings, or unless a parent or legal guardian with a valid driver license is in the front passenger seat.
If, after six months, there have been no restrictions placed on the driver with the Class G Driver License, then the teen may drive without restriction until he or she gets a Class D license at the age of 18.
Class D LicenseBeginning at 18 years of age, a person can receive a Class D license.
There are fees for all permits/licenses.
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