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Massachusetts Junior Operators License Restrictions

During the permitting process and for the first six months after a student (ages 16.5 to 18) receives his or her junior operator's license, it is very important to remember that:


1. It is against the law for the new driver to drive with anyone under the age of 18 in the car unless those passengers are immediate family members.  It is permissible to drive with someone other than an immediate family member under the age of 18 as long as there is another individual in the car who is at least 21  This individual must have at least one year of driving experience and must have a valid driver's license from any state. This individual must be sitting in the front passenger seat.

2.  The new driver cannot operate a motor vehicle between the hours of 12:30 AM and 5:00 AM unless accompanied by a parent.

3.  The first offense penalty for either offense is a 60 day license suspension and a $100 reinstatement fee.  Insurance surcharges may also apply.

4.  The new Safe Driving Law which was enacted on September 30, 2010 prohibits Junior Operators from using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.  Junior Operators absolutely cannot talk on the cell phone or text when they are driving.  The first offense for violating this new law is a 60-day license suspension and a $100.00 reinstatement fee.  Junior Operators can only use a cell phone in an emergency and must pull over to a safe place to make the call.  Adults please note:  Under this new law, there is no texting allowed while driving for all driver's regardless of age.
Last Updated: 7/19/11
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