New Hampshire

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RESTRICTIONS ON CELLPHONE USE AND TEXTING
Hand-held ban no
Young drivers all cellphone ban no
Texting ban all drivers
Enforcement primary
MAXIMUM POSTED SPEED LIMITS
Rural interstates (mph) 65; 70 on specified segments of road1
Urban interstates (mph) 65
Other limited access roads (mph) 55
Other roads (mph) 55
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
To get a learners license you must:
Have a minimum age of 15, 6 months2
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Before getting a license or restricted license you must:
Have a mandatory holding period of none
Have a minimum supervised driving time of 40 hours, 10 of which must be at night
Have a minimum age of 16
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Restrictions during intermediate or restricted license stage:
Nighttime restrictions 1 a.m.-4 a.m.
Passenger restrictions

(family members excepted unless otherwise noted)
first 6 months—no more than 1 passenger younger than 25
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Minimum age at which restrictions may be lifted:
Nighttime restrictions 18
Passenger restrictions 16, 6 months
REGULAR LICENSING RENEWAL CYCLE
Length of regular renewal cycle 5 years
OLDER DRIVER SPECIAL LICENSING PROVISIONS
Accelerated renewal none
Other provisions none
CHILD RESTRAINTS
Must be in child restraint 6 years and younger who are less than 57 inches
Adult safety belt permissible 7 through 17 years; younger than 7 who are at least 57 inches tall
Maximum fine 1st offense $50
Seating preference law states no preference for rear seat
Children not covered all children covered
SAFETY BELT USE
Initial effective date n/a
Standard enforcement? no law
Who is covered? In what seats? no law
Maximum fine 1st offense no law
Can nonuse decrease monetary awards for injuries in lawsuits? no
MOTORCYCLE HELMET USE
Motorcyclists covered no law
BICYCLE HELMET USE
Covered by state law 15 and younger
PICKUP TRUCKS: RESTRICTIONS ON RIDING IN CARGO AREAS
Restrictions on riding in cargo areas no state law
Gaps in coverage no state law
LOW-SPEED VEHICLES
On which roads are low-speed vehicles permitted? roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less
What is the top speed permissible for low-speed vehicles? 25 mph
MINITRUCKS
Initial effective date 9/11/10
Where permitted roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less located within 25 miles of the registrant's home or place of business
Speed restrictions no
Vehicle classification under state law low-speed utility vehicle

12013 New Hampshire House Bill 146 raised the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on the portion of I-93 from mile marker 45 to the Vermont border.

2New Hampshire does not issue learner's permits. At age 15, 6 months a person can drive while supervised by a licensed driver 25 or older. License applicants who are younger than 18 must take driver education.