Can I test drive a car with a permit?

After years of waiting and *waaaay* too much studying, I finally got my permit! To celebrate, my parents are taking me to a dealership to look at some cars I’ve had my eyes on. Obviously, I’d love to get behind the wheel of one. Will I be allowed to test drive with just a permit?

Samuel Todd · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Wow, that’s fantastic! You’re probably thrilled to have your permit after all of that hard work. To top it off, we’ve got good news for you: as long as one of your parents is riding in the passenger seat, you should be able to test drive a car with just a permit.
You’ll want to double-check your state’s laws because each state has different driver’s license laws. Most states, though, allow teenagers with permits to test drive a car on the condition that a licensed passenger who is older than 21 is riding shotgun.
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