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License Restrictions

In certain cases, a number of restrictions may be placed onto your drivers license. Restrictions may limit your driving privileges to operating a certain type of motor vehicles or driving only under specific conditions. Restriction codes vary between states and you can always check the codes specific to your state by contacting the Department of Motor Vehicles in your states. Don't confuse these restrictions with the regular permit and license restrictions that apply to your permit or license under the graduated license law.

Restrictions Codes List

In order to provide you with an example of what the drivers license restriction codes may be like, here is a list of restrictions that work in Wyoming. Drivers license restriction may be different in your state, please make sure to check your state-specific restrictions:

  • B restriction. Requires corrective lenses to be worn while operating a motor vehicle.
  • C restriction. A license holder may ONLY operate a motor vehicle specially equipped with certain mechanical aids. Special equipment may include special brakes, hand controls and/or other adaptive devices.
  • D restriction. Requires the license holder to wear an artificial limb while operating a motor vehicle.
  • E restriction. Allows ONLY the operation of a motor vehicle with an automatic transmission.
  • F restriction. Allows ONLY the operation of a motor vehicle equipped with both left and right outside rear view mirrors.
  • G restriction. Restricts driving to daylight hours. No driving after sunset is permitted.
  • I restriction. Allows for restrictions not covered by other more specific restriction codes. It may involve a restriction, for instance, on mileage, speed, or alcohol or drug use following a doctor’s medical regimen.
  • J restriction. Makes a driver license issued without a photo valid.
  • K restriction. Limits a commercial driver to operating a commercial vehicle intrastate only (within the borders of a state.)
  • R restriction. Means the license holder may ONLY operate a “motorcycle” vehicle equipped with four wheels and only for recreation.
  • Y restriction. Means the license holder must submit a Driver Vision Evaluation form, completed by an eye specialist, every year.
  • Z restriction. Means the license holder must submit a Driver Medical Evaluation form, completed by a physician or medical specialist, every year.

One or more drivers license restrictions may be placed onto your drivers license. You can always check the restriction codes in the official drivers manual or by calling your nearest DMV office.

Provisional Drivers License Restrictions

Provisional drivers license restrictions are somewhat different from the restriction codes that are provided above. Provisional drivers license restrictions mandate that teen drivers go through a number of stages when applying for a drivers license as opposed to being granted full driving privileges right away. In most cases, an applicant would start by taking a drivers permit test and receiving a learners permit. This permit must be held for a certain period of time and a number of permit restrictions apply during this stage. Once this requirement is met, an applicant may take a drivers test and receive a provisional drivers license. Unlike a permit, a provisional drivers license allows unsupervised driving, but still holds a number of restrictions that limit the drivers ability to operate a vehicle. The most common provisional drivers license restrictions are as following:

  • Curfew. A drivers is not allowed to operate a vehicle during certain hours.
  • Passenger restrictions. A provisional license holder may only carry a limited number of passengers. Sometimes the age of passengers is also limited by law.
  • Seat belts restrictions. In most states, everyone in the vehicle operated by a provisional license holder must wear a seat belt.
  • Cell phones. By now, cell phone usage while driving is banned in most states.

Failure to observe provisional license restrictions may incur a number of penalties on top of a regular fine. In some cases, the driving privilege is suspended for a short period of time, on others it is withdrawn altogether.