New Driver’s License Laws in 2015

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New Driver’s License Laws for seniors in Virginia

In Virginia, a new driver’s license law for drivers over 75 is in effect from January 1, 2015. Earlier rules required seniors to renew their license every eight years. Now, they must renew their licenses every five years. They must also renew in person. They can no longer renew their license by mail or online.

When renewing their licenses they must pass a vision test or present a vision statement.

Driving Log Required for Minors in Minnesota

Minnesota follows other states. The Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) program now requires teenagers with an instruction permit to complete 50 practice hours behind the wheel before they can take the road test. 15 of these hours must be nighttime driving.

The new driver’s license laws also require all driver education programs to offer a 90 minute class for parents. If a parent, guardian, or any other adult being the primary driving supervisor completes the class, less hours are required on the Supervised Driving Log (40 instead of 50).

Undocumented Immigrants in California

In California, the new driver’s license law known as AB60 goes into effect. This law will allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a California driver’s license.

Anyone, 16 years or older and with no criminal record, can now apply for a California permit or license. The applicant must prove identity and that he or she has been living in California within six months of application. The implementation of AB60 is not completed, additional rules are likely to follow. For more information, go to

Ticket Quotas and License Confiscation in Illinois

In Illinois, police departments will no longer be able to issue ticket quotas for their officers.

A new law will also allow drivers keep their licenses for minor traffic offenses. Earlier, a police officer could confiscate a driver’s license for certain traffic tickets. To keep the license, an offender can now simply sign the traffic citation as long as the offense does not require a court appearance.

School Attendance in Nevada

Nevada teens who skip school may face delay or suspension of their driver’s license. Beginning January 1, 2015, students under the age of 18 applying for a permit or license must provide proof (DMV 301) that they meet the minimum Nevada school attendance requirements. If the student obtained a permit prior to January 1, 2015, proof must be submitted at the time of the driving skills test.

More information is found at

Will the New Driver’s License Laws affect the Knowledge Tests?

While supervised driving rules may show up on permit tests in Minnesota, we have no indication that the number of hours will be included in these questions. Such details may sometimes be included in our permit practice tests, but are rarely seen on the real written tests.

The other law changes will not affect our practice tests for 2015, neither for permit practice or full driver’s license practice.

6 Comments on New Driver’s License Laws in 2015

  1. Safety is the primary concern when driving. And driving schools will really train you to be a driver that will value it.

  2. Driving school gives drivers the opportunity to gain valuable experience and hours behind the wheel. All that in-car practice will increase your chances of passing your tests.

  3. I’m looking for an actual law that requires all MI police to confiscate an out of state revoked license. Is there one?

    • I can only assume you are asking because you got stopped by a police officer because of a violation. In such a case, the following most likely apply:

      MCL 257.749(1) “…When a person who is not a resident of this state is stopped for a civil infraction…the police officer making the stop shall take that person’s driver’s license as security for the nonresident’s appearance in court and satisfaction of any order which may be issued under section 907 and shall issue to that person a citation as provided in sections 727c and 742.”

      If your out-of-stat license was revoked by your home state, you may be charged with a crime and your revoked license held as proof.

  4. Anita Falstreaux // January 2, 2015 at 9:50 am // Reply

    I am 75. My license does not expire until 2017. May I wait until then to get my new one?

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