The State of Missouri Graduated License Law
Missouri's Graduated License system is designed to help teen
drivers receive the education and guidance necessary to progress into a full Missouri
driver’s license. The system is based on a series of steps and the age of the
teen driver and the completion of educational criteria determine if the driver
moves forward to the next step in the graduated licensing system.
The State of Missouri Instruction Permit
Applicants must be a minimum of 15 years of age to be
eligible for a permit in the State of Missouri. In addition, applicants for the
instruction permit must pass a vision screening, road sign test and a written
- An applicant for an instruction permit must be
accompanied by a qualified adult such as a parent or legal guardian who will
need to sign a permission statement.
- Once issued, the instruction permit is valid for
a period of up to 12 months and may be renewed if the current permit is in good
- If the permit holder is under the age of 16,
they may only drive when accompanied by a qualified person, grandparent or a
driving instructor that sits next to the permit holder in the front seat of the
- If the teen driver is 16 years old or above they
may drive when they are accompanied by a licensed adult that is a minimum of 21
years of age.
- Teen drivers must always carry their permit when
they are driving.
The State of Missouri Intermediate License
Teen drivers from 16 to 18 years of age who hold the
Missouri Instruction Permit can graduate to an Intermediate License under the
- The permit holder must have held the permit for
at least 182 days from the date of issuance.
- The permit must be in good standing before
moving to the Intermediate License with no alcohol related convictions in the
previous 12 months and no convictions for traffic violations for the previous 6
- In addition to these requirements the
Intermediate license applicant must have received a minimum of 40 hours of
driver training, with 10 out of the 40 hours being nighttime driving with a
qualified driving instructor, grandparent or other responsible adult.
- Teen drivers must have their driver training
hours verified by a parent, legal guardian, grandparent or other qualified
adult at the contract office when applying for the Intermediate License.
- Intermediate License applicants must pass the
vision screening, road sign and written test if their previous tests are more
than 1 year old.
- Teen drivers must also pass a driving test to
receive the Intermediate License.
- Seat belts must be worn by all passengers while
the vehicle is in motion.
Intermediate License Restrictions
The Intermediate License is valid for 2 years from the date
of issuance and the holder of the license must carry the license at all time
During the first 6 months, teen driver that hold an
Intermediate License are not allowed to drive with more than one passenger
under the age of 19 unless the passengers are immediate family members. After
the first 6 months has passed the Intermediate License holder may drive with up
to 3 passengers under the age of 19 who are not immediate family members.
The Intermediate license holder may not drive between the
hours of 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM unless they are accompanied by a licensed driver
that is a minimum of 21 years of age except under the following conditions:
- To or From a School Sanctioned Activity
- To or From a Place of Employment
- In Emergency Situations
State of Missouri Full Driver License Under 21 Years of Age
Applicants for the Missouri Full Driver License must meet
the same requirements as the Intermediate License with no alcohol related
offenses or traffic convictions within the previous 12 months.
- The current holder of an Intermediate license
must be in good standing with no suspensions or revocations.
- Full license applicants will have to pass a
vision screening and road sign recognition test.
- If the applicant has already passed their
written and driving test for the Intermediate License, they will not have to
retest in these areas.
State of Missouri Insurance Requirements
It is against the law to drive in the State of Missouri
without some type of automobile liability insurance coverage. Drivers are
required to have proof of insurance when registering a vehicle. The amounts
below are the minimum requirements for liability insurance.
- Bodily Injury - $25,000 Per Person
- Bodily Injury - $50,000 Per Accident
- Property Damage - $10,000 Per Accident
Drivers must also carry $25,000 in Bodily Injury Per Person
for Uninsured Motorist and $50,000 Bodily Injury Per Accident for the Uninsured