Any person over 16 years old and under 21 years of age who meets the requirements for a New Hampshire driver license, will be issued a Youth Operator License. Unlike the standard New Hampshire driver license, Youth Operator Licenses are oriented vertically rather than horizontally and have the following statement on the face of the license: "Under 21 until (date)". A Youth Operator License will expire on the license holder's 21st birthday, at which time the holder may obtain a horizontally- oriented license by applying for a renewal of your driver license.
In addition to any other restrictions, the holder of a Youth Operator License who is under 18 years of age:
Youth Operator Motor Vehicle Violations
Pursuant to RSA 263:14 Original and Youth Operators' Licenses, section III, the Director is authorized to revoke or suspend any original license held by a person under 20 years of age after a hearing, and after evidence that the driver has committed certain offenses. The periods of suspension or revocation are as follows:
If you get two or more speeding tickets as a youth operator driver in the first two years of having the license, you may be required to obtain an SR-22 Insurance policy for three years from the date of your second hearing.
The holder of a youth operator license can have his or her license suspended due to demerit points accumulation.
Additional Information for Youth Operators
Before applying for a driver license, applicants under 18 should review the Special Requirements for Minors.
New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles | 23 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH 03305
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