Missouri has a system of graduated licensing for novice drivers.
At age 15, individuals are eligible for a learner’s permit. Permit holders must pass a written, vision and road sign tests and may only drive when accompanied by a parent, guardian, certified driver trainer, or a driver age 25 or older with written permission from a parent.
- Permit holders must accumulate at least 40 hours (10 at night) of certified driving.
At age 16, after holding the learner’s permit for 6 months, drivers are eligible for an intermediate license. Applicants pass vision, road sign, written, and driving tests, and must not have an alcohol-related offense within the last 12 months and not have a traffic conviction in last 6 months.
- Intermediate license holders may not drive unsupervised between the hours of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. (except to and from a school activity, job, or an emergency).
- For the first 6 months after being issued their intermediate permit, intermediate license holders may only have 1 passenger who is under the age of 19 (family member exempt). After the first 6 months, intermediate license holders may have no more than 3 passengers under the age of 19.
Drivers and their passengers are also required to wear seat belts.
At age 18, drivers are eligible for an unrestricted license if they: (1) pass a vision test; (2) have not had the intermediate license suspended, revoked, or denied; and (3) have not any alcohol related offenses or traffic convictions within the last 12 months.
An applicant cannot receive an unrestricted license if the intermediate license is suspended, revoked, or denied when applying for a full driver’s license.