Learner License changes in 61-5-106 MCA now allow other licensed adults with the permission of a parent or legal guardian to supervise teen drivers for the 50 hours of practice required by Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL).
The intent is to allow teens to drive with other licensed adults such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and adult siblings. Montana defines an adult as age 18 or older.
HB 144 passed by the 2017 Legislature and signed by the Governor on May 4, 2017 amended 61-5-106 MCA and changed Traffic Education Learner License (TELL) to Learner License issued by a CDTP instructor or driver examiner.
Learner License: Good for the operation of a Class D vehicle only when accompanied by a licensed parent, legal guardian or other adult with parent/guardian permission seated beside the driver. Seat belt use required. Fifty (50) hours of supervised driving practice are required with 10 hours at night and no alcohol, drug, or traffic citations for at least six months. Learner Licenses are valid for one year from the date the knowledge test was passed.