Junior Operators

Junior Operator Learner’s Permit

A Junior Operator’s permit is subject to increased penalties for violation of certain laws and license restrictions. If you accept responsibility for, or are found responsible for, any of the restrictions or violations below prior to your 18th birthday, the RMV will suspend or revoke your permit. To reinstate your permit, you will need to serve the suspension period and fulfill any other reinstatement requirements.

Convictions, suspension periods, and reinstatement requirements

Suspension periods and reinstatement requirements vary depending on the violation and number of convictions you earn while you have a learner’s permit. The following table lists the suspension periods and reinstatement requirements for permit holders. All fees are subject to change.

Junior Operator License

Junior operators are drivers between the age of 16½ and 18.  As a junior operator, you are subject to all driver’s license suspensions. Amendments to legislation impose increased penalties for certain violations issued to junior operators.  These include the Junior Operator Law and the Safe Driver Law.  The purpose of the Junior Operator Law is to reduce teen driver crash rates and deaths.  You must serve any imposed suspension to completion even if you reach the age of 18 before the period ends.  All junior operator suspensions are mandatory suspensions by law.  Junior operators are not eligible for hardship licenses.

Reinstatement Requirements

Depending on the violation, junior operators may need to:

        • Complete a Driver Attitudinal Retraining Course
        • Complete the State Courts Against Road Rage (SCARR) program
        • Pay a reinstatement fee, ranging from $100 – $1,000
        • Take a full exam which includes both the learner’s permit exam and road test.

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