What You Need to Know About Teens Getting Their First Arizona Driver’s License or Permit

Arizona teens can start driving at age 15 ½. Before they can get their unrestricted driver’s license, they’ll need to get a graduated instruction permit first and then later a graduated driver’s license.

What is a Graduated Instruction Permit for Arizona Teen Drivers?

A graduated instruction permit – also known as a G permit – is designed to allow teen drivers to obtain driving experience while accompanied by an adult before they can drive alone. It is valid for 12 months. For teens driving with a graduated instruction permit, they must have a licensed driver in the front passenger seat who is at least 21 years or older.

In order to qualify for a graduated instruction permit, the teen must:

  • Be at least 15 ½ years old
  • Pass written and vision tests set forth by the Arizona Department
  • Bring in specific documents – such as Birth Certificate and Social Security Card

Getting Your Teen Driver Their Arizona Graduated Driver’s License

In order to move from the G permit to a graduated driver’s license (class G license), your Arizona teen will need to meet a few requirements:

  • They must be at least 16 years old
  • They must have completed at least 30 hours of supervised driving, 10 of those hours must be at night
  • They must have had their class G permit for at least 6 months
  • They must have completed a MVD-approved Arizona driver education program – OR –
  • They have the parent or guardian sign the application in front of the MVD agent stating the teen has completed at least 30 hours AND
  • Pass the Road Test with an authorized MVD Agent. Road tests are available with no appointment required at AZ Auto’s 6 locations.

Special Restrictions for Arizona Teens with Class G Graduated Driver’s Licenses

While a class G driver’s license has less restrictions than the permit does, your teen will still have certain laws in place until they reach the age of 18. At the point they reach 18 years of age, their license will no longer have restrictions.

Restrictions for Arizona teen driver’s licenses include:

Curfews on Driving Times

For the first 6 months after obtaining their class G license, they cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless a parent or legal guardian with a valid driver’s license is in the front passenger seat – OR – the teen is driving to or from a sanctioned school or religious activity, a family emergency, or their place of employment.

Passenger Limits for Arizona Teen Drivers

While your teen still has a class G license and is under 18 years of age, they are not allowed to have more than one passenger under the age of 18 on a public highway UNLESS the passengers are siblings – OR – a parent or legal guardian with a valid driver’s license is accompanying them and in the front passenger seat.

Wireless phones or devices are restricted to an emergency situation.

Where to Get Your Teen Their Arizona Driver’s License or Permit

AZ Auto offers full license services for residents of Arizona. We can complete the entire process for you and your teen including the written test, road test, and issuance of their license or permit.

If you’re looking for an easy way to help your teen get road-ready, stop by one of our Phoenix, Avondale, Laveen, or Flastaff locations today.

We offer hours specifically designed for your convenience – including evenings and all day on Saturdays. Find an AZ Auto location near you.