Welcome to the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles information section for teen drivers. Although much of this information will refer you to other areas of our website, we have also included information that is specific to teen drivers. If there is information that you cannot find on our site or if you have suggestions to improve the information or the layout of the information, please email email@example.com or contact us at 311 or (202) 737-4404.
Teen Specific Information
Yes, we know you are itching to obtain that driver license, and we’re here to help and ensure you know all the rules of the road to safeguard yourself and others. For the teen driver, obtaining your driver license can be one of the most important steps in your teen years. However, it is important to realize the seriousness of sharing the road with others…you are ultimately responsible for their lives. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in the 16-19 age group. Among teen drivers, those most at risk are male teens, teens driving with teen passengers and the newly licensed teen driver.
The Gradual Rearing Of Adult Drivers (GRAD) Program permits novice drivers (16 - 21 years of age) to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges. Many driver education programs are barely sufficient to learn basic vehicle control skills; most do not take into account complexities such as driving at night. GRAD addresses these complexities.
There are three stages in the graduated licensing program:
- Supervised learner's phase.
- Intermediate phase in which you earn a provisional license.
- Full license - depending on age, there may be conditions.
The Gradual Rearing Of Adult Drivers (GRAD) program places the responsibility on you, the young driver, to maintain your privilege to drive. If you violate traffic laws or GRAD program requirements, there are penalties. If you are not ready to drive, but you need basic identification, you may obtain a non-driver identification card if you are at least 15 years old.
Basic DMV Information
- GRAD Licenses (for drivers under age 21)
- Identification Cards
- Driver Education
- Defensive Driving Course
- Parent/Teen Guide [PDF]
- Forms [PDFs]
Teen Drivers Resources
The following links provide additional information related to teen drivers:
- Parent's Supervised Driving Guide
- Safe Teen Driver
- Teen Driving.com
- National Safety Council Teen Driver
- Allstate Teen Driver
- Car Talk’s Teen Driving Area
- Driver Safety - Vision Zero Initiative