Missouri Graduated Driver License Law

Missouri's Graduated Driver License law requires that all first-time drivers between 15 and 18 years old complete a period of driving with a licensed driver (instruction permit), and restricted driving (intermediate license), before getting a full driver license.

If the permit holder is under age 16, the licensed driver occupying the seat beside the permit holder for the purpose of giving instruction while driving must be a qualified person, grandparent, qualified driving instructor, or in case of disability (of the parent, grandparent or guardian), their designee.

At age 16, the driver may apply for an intermediate license. The intermediate license allows the driver to drive alone except during a late night curfew (1:00 am to 5:00 am). The driver and passengers must use seat belts, be free of alcohol and drugs, and obey the traffic laws.

At age 18, or within the 30 days immediately preceding his/her 18th birthday, the intermediate license holder may apply for a full driver license.


Immediate family shall include parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, stepbrothers, stepsisters, and adopted or foster children residing in the driver's household. Parent shall include a foster parent, stepparent or adoptive parent. Grandparent shall include a foster grandparent, step-grandparent or adoptive grandparent.

Qualified driving instructor is defined as an instructor who has a valid driver education endorsement on a teaching certificate issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or a driver training instructor employed by a private driver education program.

Qualified person is a parent, legal guardian, or a certified trainer with a federal residential job training program with a valid driver license.

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STEP ONE: Instruction Permit

Eligible Age: 15

Cost: $3.50

Valid for: 0-12 Months

To Obtain:

Permit Notes:

To Graduate to an Intermediate License:

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STEP TWO: Intermediate License

Eligible Age: 16 to 18

Cost: $7.50

Valid for: 0-2 Years

To Obtain:

License Notes:

Driving Restrictions:

To Graduate to an Under-21 Full Driver License:

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STEP THREE: Under 21 Full Driver License

Eligible Age: 18

Cost: $10

Valid for: 0-3 Years

To Obtain:

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