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.
Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agencies, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.
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Last updated: July 30, 2007
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|No Pass No Drive|
Notes/Citation: For students under 19, the state conditions the issuance of a driver's license on school enrollment and attendance.
Notes/Citation: Students who have excessive absences or have dropped out will have their licenses revoked.
Notes/Citation: A student who is a habitual truant may have his/her driving privileges revoked.
Notes/Citation: A habitually truant student may have his/her driver's permit or license revoked.
|District of Columbia||No|
Notes/Citation: A minor must fulfill school attendance requirements to be eligible to drive.
Notes/Citation: A minor must have a high school diploma or its equivalent or be enrolled in school to receive a driver's license.
Notes/Citation: A minor must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent or be enrolled in school to receive a driver's license.
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.
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.
Notes/Citation: Anyone under the age of 18 who does not attend school may not receive a driver's license.
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.
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.
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.
Notes/Citation: A minor must be enrolled in school and making satisfactory progress to obtain a driver's license.
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.
Notes/Citation: Students classified as habitual truants may have their driving privileges revoked.
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.)
Notes/Citation: Minors who withdraw from school or are habitually absent can have their driver's permit or license revoked.
Notes/Citation: A minor must be enrolled in school or have a high school diploma to receive a driver's license.
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.
Notes/Citation: Truant students may have their driving privileges revoked.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Notes/Citation: A minor must have a high school diploma or its equivalent or must be enrolled and making progress in school.
Notes/Citation: Students who drop out of high school may have their driver's licenses revoked.
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