Driving Rules & Resources

New Hampshire Youth Operator License Requirements

  1. Be 16 years of age.
  2. Complete an approved driver education class.
  3. Accumulate 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience. (10 of the 40 hours must be at night.)
  4. Receive no moving traffic violations resulting in a conviction for the six months prior to the date of application for this license, including seat belt violations and juvenile alcohol.
  5. Pass a driving skills test.
  6. Pass a computer-based knowledge test.
  7. Pay the required fees.

New Hampshire Youth Operator License Restrictions

If a student is under 18, for the first six months of holding the youth operator license, the student may drive but with the following restrictions:

  1. From 1 AM to 4 AM, students are not allowed to drive for any reason.
  2. For the first six months, students may drive with one unrelated passenger under the age of 25 unless accompanied by a licensed, responsible adult who is at least 25 years of age.
  3. If you are under the age of 21 years old and are convicted of a motor vehicle violation, your license will be suspended for the following time periods:
    • 20 days for the first offense.
    • 45 days for the second offense.
    • 90 days for the third or subsequent offense.

    Note: If you get two or more speeding tickets as a youth operator driver in the first two years of having the license, you be required to obtain an SR-22 Insurance policy for three years from the date of your second hearing.

If you have questions about the New Hampshire Youth Operator License, check out the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles website, or call (603) 227-4075.