Learning to Drive

What you need to know to practice driving in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire does not issue learner's permits; however, a person learning to drive (regardless of the State they reside in) is permitted to drive under certain conditions. Persons whose driving privileges are currently suspended or revoked in NH or any other State, may not practice driving. For the purpose of learning to drive a car, a person who does not possess a valid driver license may practice driving on New Hampshire roadways as long as the below conditions are met:

  • The driver must be at least 15½ years old and must carry proof of age in the vehicle.
  • The person learning to drive must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible licensed adult 25 years of age or older.
  • The vehicle used for practice must be a non-commercial vehicle.

The adult accompanying the person who is learning to drive must sit in the front seat of the vehicle and must hold a current, valid driver license. The accompanying adult shall be liable for any motor vehicle violation committed by the unlicensed driver. For more information regarding this law, please see RSA 263:25.

Driver Education

Participating in an approved Driver Education program is fundamental to the process of learning to drive a motor vehicle. It is recommended that any person who is learning to drive for the first time take a New Hampshire Approved Driver Education Program. Driver Education is required for anyone under the age of 18, and for non-US citizens temporarily residing in New Hampshire who do not have previous driving experience.