Student Accountability Initiatives: No Pass No Drive
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Student Accountability Initiatives: No Pass No Drive

No-pass, no-drive is a policy in which a student's driver's license is revoked typically because of poor attendance (habitual truancy) and/or poor academic performance.

Why does it matter? Students need to know that attendance matters. A driver's license can serve as a meaningful incentive to attend school.

Highlights:



No Pass No Drive
Alabama Yes
Notes/Citation: For students under 19, the state conditions the issuance of a driver's license on school enrollment and attendance.
Alaska No
Arizona No
Arkansas Yes
Notes/Citation: Students who have excessive absences or have dropped out will have their licenses revoked.
California Yes
Notes/Citation: A student who is a habitual truant may have his/her driving privileges revoked.
Colorado No
Connecticut No
Delaware Yes
Notes/Citation: A habitually truant student may have his/her driver's permit or license revoked.
District of Columbia No
Florida Yes
Notes/Citation: A minor must fulfill school attendance requirements to be eligible to drive.
Georgia Yes
Notes/Citation: A minor must have a high school diploma or its equivalent or be enrolled in school to receive a driver's license.
Hawaii No
Idaho Yes
Notes/Citation: A minor must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent or be enrolled in school to receive a driver's license.
Illinois Yes
Notes/Citation: A graduated driver's license will not be issued to minors (who are not emancipated) unless they have either graduated from high school (or obtained a GED), enrolled in a course leading to a GED certificate or enrolled in an elementary or secondary school or college or university in the state. Students who have been expelled also face revocation of their driving privileges.
Indiana Yes
Notes/Citation: A driver's license can be withheld if the student is habitually truant, under a second suspension, is expelled or has dropped out.
Iowa Yes
Notes/Citation: Anyone under the age of 18 who does not attend school may not receive a driver's license.
Kansas Yes
Notes/Citation: Students who violate certain school safety measures (possession of a weapon or controlled substance, inflicting serious injury to others) have their driving privileges revoked for one year.
Kentucky Yes
Notes/Citation: Students age 16 and 17 have their licenses revoked for at least one semester if student does not pass four courses in preceding semester or if the student drops out.
Louisiana Yes
Notes/Citation: A suspension or expulsion from school (for 10 or more consecutive days) results in a revocation of a student's driver's license or his/her ability to obtain one.
Maine No
Maryland No
Massachusetts No
Michigan No
Minnesota No
Mississippi Yes
Notes/Citation: A minor must be enrolled in school and making satisfactory progress to obtain a driver's license.
Missouri No
Montana No
Nebraska No
Nevada Yes
Notes/Citation: Minors who are adjudicated as habitual truants for the first time have their driver's license suspended for up to six months. A second adjudication results in a suspension of up to one year.
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No
New Mexico Yes
Notes/Citation: Students classified as habitual truants may have their driving privileges revoked.
New York No
North Carolina Yes
Notes/Citation: To obtain a driver's license, a minor must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or a driving eligibility certificate (which requires enrollment in school and progress towards graduation.)
North Dakota No
Ohio Yes
Notes/Citation: Minors who withdraw from school or are habitually absent can have their driver's permit or license revoked.
Oklahoma Yes
Notes/Citation: A minor must be enrolled in school or have a high school diploma to receive a driver's license.
Oregon Yes
Notes/Citation: A school district may establish a policy to revoke a student's driving privileges if expelled for a weapons possession at school or if suspended at least twice for possession of controlled substances or violent behavior while at school.
Pennsylvania No
Rhode Island Yes
Notes/Citation: Truant students may have their driving privileges revoked.
South Carolina Yes
Notes/Citation: Students younger than 17 must have a high school diploma or its equivalent or must be enrolled and attending school in order to receive a driver's license.
South Dakota No
Tennessee Yes
Notes/Citation: A minor must have a high school diploma or its equivalent or must be enrolled and making satisfactory progress in school to receive a driver's license. Also, any students who have committed an offense resulting in a mandatory one year suspension or expulsion from school may have their driving privileges revoked for up to two years or until they turn 18.
Texas Yes
Notes/Citation: A minor must have a high school diploma or its equivalent or must be enrolled in school to receive a driver's license.
Utah No
Vermont No
Virginia Yes
Notes/Citation: Evidence of compliance with the state's compulsory school attendance laws must be presented for a minor to obtain a driver's license.
Washington No
West Virginia Yes
Notes/Citation: A minor must have a high school diploma or its equivalent or must be enrolled and making progress in school.
Wisconsin Yes
Notes/Citation: Students who drop out of high school may have their driver's licenses revoked.
Wyoming No
Puerto Rico No
Virgin Islands No


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