Each student must have 10 hours of In-car Instuction, 6 hours of In-car observation and take 30-hours of classroom instruction at a state-approved driving school.

The state is strict about this: DRIVER ED RULE Saf-C 3114 (e) States: "No classroom instruction shall be missed during any course, except for good cause. . .Good cause reasons, are death in family, sickness or injury. All absences must be documented by a parent or doctor's note: give note to classroom instructor at the next class. RULE Saf-C 3113.03 (e) also states "No more than 4 clock hours of classroom instruction shall be made during any course. . . "

An unexcused absence results in immediate course failure; suspension from school is not an excused absence. Students missing more than 2 classes will be dropped from the program with no refund. Missed classes must be made up with a written assignment which is equivalent to the missed class.

Each student must complete the state-required Driving Log, consisting of 40 hours of practice; at least ten hours must be night driving, copy the front page, when completed and subit to the driving school. At 15 1/2, students may legally practice driving only in the state of NH if accompanied by a licensed driver in the front passenger seat who is at least 25. The student must have a copy of their birth certificate or passport on their person.


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


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:

  • From 1 AM to 4 AM, students are not allowed to drive for any reason.
  • For the first six months, students may drive with one unrelated passenger under 25 unless accompanied by a licensed, responsible adult who is at least 25 years of age.
  • 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 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 must 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.