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Intermediate license laws for teen drivers

If you’re under 18, you’ll be issued an intermediate driver license and must follow these laws:

Driving with Passengers

First 6 months: No passengers under 20 years old, except for immediate family members (spouse, child, stepchild, or siblings, both by birth and marriage).


Next 6 months: No more than 3 passengers under 20 years old who aren’t members of your immediate family.

Nighttime driving


For the first 12 months, you can’t drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless you’re with a licensed driver 25 years or older. The only exceptions are driving for agricultural purposes and transporting farm products or supplies under the direction of a farmer as described in RCW 46.20.070.


No cell phones - You aren’t permitted to use wireless devices while driving, even with a hands–free device. This includes talking on cell phones and sending or receiving text messages. You may only use a wireless device to report an emergency.

These restrictions won’t apply after you turn 18 years old.

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