To a new driver holding a permit, the open road in surrounding states probably sounds like a lot of fun and a valuable learning experience. Taking such a trip, a new driver would be able to enjoy some long-distance traveling and see new driving situations as well. The best part of all is in not exploring the same old roads that you’ve been traveling over all along. Unfortunately, that’s not how everyone sees it, and there’s an excellent chance that the permit you’re so proudly holding will be absolutely useless when you cross the state border.
It’s All About the Age Gap
One of the main reasons that your permit may hold no value across the border is because the permit age varies from state-to-state. For example, Wyoming drivers can get behind the wheel at 14, while New York drivers are expected to wait until the ripe old age of 16. For this reason, many states mandate have to hold a permit from your state but be of age in their state to drive within its borders legally. For instance, that 14-year-old driver from Wyoming needs to be 15 before crossing over into Colorado. If you are planning on a cross-country odyssey, it would serve you well to research local state laws carefully so you can travel without worry.
Be Smart and Research First
Ignorance isn’t going to get you out of a ticket or the consequences that come along with one. If you get pulled over in a state that doesn’t recognize your permit you could have your permit suspended before you even have the chance to get your license. That’s why you have to make sure to do your homework before you go joy riding across the border. Make sure that you’re informed before you make that mistake, because it could really cost you.
Call and Confirm
You can look the information up online but you may find the information you need from a quick call to a DMV office in the state you wish to visit. The staff will be happy to let you know what the local driving laws are and you should have no trouble finding out whether you can drive there or if you’ll be handing the wheel to another licensed driver in the car.
A bit of research goes a long way toward saving you from a ticket, possible permit suspension and serious problems later on. Don’t just take anyone’s word for it that you are okay to drive in another state, make sure for yourself so you don’t have to worry about any potential consequences.