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Practice Driving in New Hampshire

Before heading to the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to take your drivers license exams, you must log supervised driving hours if you are younger than 18 years old. If you are older than 18 years old, the state doesn’t require you to practice behind-the-wheel. But doing so could help you pass the driving skills test.

A) Know Your Driving Restrictions

If you are at least 15 ½ years old, you can begin practicing behind the wheel only if you:

  • Are driving non-commercial vehicle on New Hampshire roadways
  • Carry proof of age
  • Are accompanied in the front seat by your parent, legal guardian or other licensed adult who is at least 25 years old

B) Get on the Road

NH teens younger than 18 years old must clock 40 hours of supervised practice driving, including 10 hours of night driving, in addition to the 10 hours required by driver education.

C) Track Your Practice Hours

Your 40 hours must be logged and supervised by your parent or legal guardian. If you don’t have a parent or legal guardian, you must be supervised by a licensed adult who is at least 25 years old. Complete the Driver’s Out-of-Class Log Sheet (Form DSMV 509) with your supervising driver. You will then submit this to the DMV when you apply for your drivers license.

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