A driver’s license (DL) gives a person permission to operate a motor vehicle. It takes the form of a card that must be in your possession anytime you’re driving. It shows that you’re a legally licensed driver.
Some of the information contained in your license includes your full name, date of birth, photograph, mailing address, sex, physical description, and signature. A driver’s license also contains numbers, codes, and words with different meanings. One such word is REST.
What Does REST Mean on Driver’s License?
REST is short for “Restricted”. It is a restriction placed on the driver’s license of a person that has a certain limitation.
The most common type of restriction is REST B. The “B” refers to Corrective Lenses and is used to show that the person must be wearing glasses or contacts to drive legally.
In Florida, the “B” refers to the “Outside Rearview Mirror (Left Side)”. It means that the vehicle the person is driving must have the left outside rearview mirror.
In Texas, it means that a licensed driver 21 years of age or older must be in the front seat while the person is driving. He or she cannot drive alone. It is mainly placed on learner’s permits.
There are other restriction codes placed on drivers that may differ in meaning between states. However, the list of driver’s license codes is fairly universal.
Those with a restriction on their license are expected to comply with the requirements of the restrictions. Otherwise, they can be issued a citation for violation of restriction or have their license suspended.
It’s good to note that some restrictions are only temporary and can be removed by meeting the requirements set or by taking additional exams.
Below are the restriction codes for 4 different states
|A||CORRECTIVE LENSES – a person must wear corrective lenses at all times when operating a vehicle.||Use with Certified Driving Instructor Only||None (no restrictions)||Can only drive legally with corrective lenses|
|B||OUTSIDE REARVIEW MIRROR (Left Side) – the vehicle the person is driving must have a left outside rearview mirror on the car.||Corrective Lenses – required when the driver uses glasses, contact lenses, or bioptic telescopic lenses to operate a motor vehicle||Corrective Lenses Required (All driver’s licenses)||A licensed driver 21 years of age or older must be in the front seat|
|C||BUSINESS PURPOSES ONLY – the person can only drive to work and on-the-job, for education purposes, to church and for medical purposes.||Mechanical Aid – required when the driver needs a mechanical aid (such as hand controls, spinner knob, parabolic mirror, directional extender, etc.) to operate a motor vehicle.||Vehicle mechanical Aids Required (All driver’s licenses)||Can only drive during daytime only|
|D||EMPLOYMENT PURPOSES ONLY – the person can only drive to work and on the job.||Prosthetic Aid / Personal Medical Aid – required when the driver must wear a prosthetic aid.||Prosthetic Aids Required (All driver’s licenses)||Speed not to exceed 45 MPH|
|E||DAYLIGHT DRIVING ONLY – the person can only drive during daylight hours.||CMV Automatic Transmission – If the driver takes the Skills Test in a vehicle that has an automatic transmission, then an “E” no manual transmission restriction is placed on their license.||No manual transmission-equipped CMV (Commercial License Restriction Code)||The person cannot drive manual transmission equipped CMV|
|F||AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION – the person can only drive a vehicle that has automatic transmission.||Outside Mirror – required when so directed by a medical professional or a Registry of Motor Vehicles Road Test Examiner||Right Exterior Mirror Required (All driver’s licenses)||Must hold valid learners permit until (date)|
|G||POWER STEERING – the person must drive a vehicle with power steering.||Daylight Only – required when the driver passes the vision screening test with between 20/50 – 20/70 distant visual acuity in either eye, with or without corrective lenses, and meets the horizontal peripheral field of vision standards, with not less than 120 degrees combined horizontal peripheral field of vision.||Can only drive during daylight hours only (All driver’s licenses)||TRC 545.424 applies until MM/DD/YY|
|H||Limited to Employment||Employer vehicle only (Permit Restriction)||Vehicle not to exceed 26,000 lbs. GVWR|
|I||DIRECTIONAL SIGNALS – a person must drive a vehicle equipped with mechanical directional signals.||JOL Limited / Other – used for a variable that is not addressed by the previous attribute options. An explanation in the narrative is recommended.||Left Exterior Mirror Required (All driver’s licenses)||Motorcycle not to exceed 250 cc|
|J||GRIP ON STEERING WHEEL – the vehicle must be equipped with a knob or grip on the steering wheel.||Other||Automatic Transmission Required (All driver’s licenses)||Licensed motorcycle operator age 21 or over in sight|
|K||HEARING AID – the person must wear a hearing aid at all times while driving the vehicle.||CDL – Intrastate Only||Intrastate commerce only (Commercial License Restriction Code)||Intrastate only|
|L||SEAT CUSHION – the person must use a seat cushion at all times while driving.||CDL – Vehicles without Airbrakes – Required where the driver does not pass the Air Brakes Knowledge Test||No air brake equipped CMV (Commercial License Restriction Code)||No air brake equipped commercial vehicle|
|M||HAND CONTROLS OR PEDAL EXTENSION – the vehicle must be equipped with hand controls or a pedal extension.||CDL – Except Class A Bus – indicates that the driver can only operate Class B and C passenger vehicle or school buses.||No Class A passenger buses (Commercial License Restriction Code)||No Class A passenger vehicle|
|N||LEFT FOOT ACCELERATOR – the vehicle must be equipped with a left foot accelerator.||CDL – Except Class A & B Bus – the driver can only operate Class C passenger vehicles or school buses.||No Class A or B passenger buses (Commercial License Restriction Code)||No Class A and B passenger vehicle|
|O||CDL – Except Tractor / Trailer – restricts the driver from driving any Class A vehicle with a fifth wheel connection.||No Tractor Trailer CMV (Commercial License Restriction Code)||No tractor-trailer CMV|
|P||PROBATION-INTERLOCK DEVICE – the vehicle must be equipped with a device that locks the ignition at times specified by the court imposing the restriction.||No Passengers in CMV Bus||Stated on License|
|Q||Class D Automatic Transmission||No Passengers Allowed (All driver licenses)||A licensed driver 21 years of age or older (LOFS) must be in the front seat (vehicle above a Class B)|
|R||Bioptic Telescoping Lens – required when the driver must wear eyeglasses with a bioptic telescopic lens when operating a motor vehicle.||No Highway/Interstate driving (All driver’s licenses)||A licensed driver 21 years of age or older (LOFS) must be in the front seat (vehicle above a Class C)|
|S||OTHER RESTRICTIONS – there are other restrictions imposed on this license.||Proof of Blood Sugar Level – required when the driver must carry a glucose monitor, check blood sugar prior to driving, and have proof of blood sugar check if requested by a law enforcement official.||Power Required, Brakes or Steering (All driver’s licenses)||Outside mirror or hearing aid|
|T||NO PASSENGERS ON MOTORCYCLE – the person cannot have passengers when driving a motorcycle.||Ignition Interlock – requires the driver to blow into a breath alcohol ignition interlock device before starting the vehicle||Disabled parent (Permit Restriction)||The person can only drive an Automatic transmission|
|U||3 Wheeled Motorcycle||Visually Impaired Parent or Driver >= 21 (All driver’s licenses)||Applicable prosthetic devices|
|V||Medical Variance – indicates that there is information about a medical variance on the CDLIS record.||Medical Variance – there is information about a medical variance on the CDLIS record (Commercial License Restriction Code)||Medical variance documents required|
|W||Intrastate Medical Waiver||Valid Farm Waiver Required (All driver’s licenses)||Power steering|
|X||MEDICAL ALERT BRACELET – the person must wear a medical alert bracelet at all times while driving the vehicle.||CDL – No Cargo in CMV Tanker||No Cargo in CM tank vehicle (Commercial License Restriction Code)||No cargo in CMV tank vehicle|
|Y||EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY – the person can drive for educational purposes.||Restrict to 14 Passenger Capacity||Hearing Aid required (Commercial License Restriction Code)||Valid Texas vision or limb waiver required|
|Z||CDL – Air Over Hydraulic – driver is not authorized to operate a CMV equipped with full air brakes.||No Full Air Brake (Commercial License Restriction Code)||No full air brake equipped CMV|
|0||LP2 with Interlock|
|1||VEHICLES W/O AIR BRAKES — issued to those who have not passed the required written and/or skills tests for the operation of commercial vehicles with air brakes.||Bioptic lenses Required (All driver’s licenses)||P1: For Class M TRC 545.424 until MM/DD/YY|
|2||CDL-INTRASTATE ONLY (CMV) — issued to those who are authorized to operate commercial motor vehicles inside Florida only.||Medical Log/ Glucose Required||Personal vehicle only (Permit Restriction)||P2: To/from work/school|
|3||BUS ONLY (CMV) — issued to persons who took written and skills tests which authorize them to drive commercial motor vehicles that are buses only.||Interlock Permit (Permit Restriction) – Ignition Interlock device is required.||P3: To/from work|
|4||CMV<- 26,001 LBS Gross Vehicle Weight Rating||HV PL without Interlock – for persons who have alcohol/drug addiction/abuse problems.||P4: To/from school|
|5||NO TRACTOR /TRAILERS||Business purpose only||P5: To/from work/school or a licensed driver 21 years of age or older (LOFS) must be in the front seat|
|6||NO CLASS A PASSENGER VEHICLES||To and from medical-only||P6: To/from work or a licensed driver 21 years of age or older (LOFS) must be in the front seat|
|7||NO CLASS B PASSENGER VEHICLES||To and from school only||P7: To/from school or a licensed driver 21 years of age or older (LOFS) must be in the front seat|
|8||Ignition Interlock required||P8: With telescopic lens|
|9||Transporting unlicensed immediate family members for work/school/medical/prescriptions.||P9: A licensed driver 21 years of age or older (LOFS 21), bus only|
|97||Other – used for a variable that is not addressed by the previous attribute options. An explanation in the narrative is recommended||P10: A licensed driver 21 years of age or older (LOFS 21), school bus only|
|99||Unknown – an explanation in the narrative is recommended.||P11-P40|
There are other codes included in a driver’s license that I haven’t included in this guide. They would otherwise make this article too long to go through. They include those that designate the type of vehicle a driver can operate as well as numbers that indicate your birth month and sex.
How long does a restricted license last?
A restricted license typically lasts about 5 years. You can take additional tests or meet the requirements set to remove the restriction. Permanent restrictions such as those covering medical conditions may need renewal up to 90 days before the expiry date.
How do I change the restrictions on my driver’s license?
Submit an application for “Additional Restriction Codes” at an LTO Licensing Center or District Office that processes transactions concerning driver’s licenses. You’ll be required to fill a driver’s license application form and pay a fee.
Who can drive with a restricted driver?
A restricted driver can only drive with a supervising driver seated in the front passenger seat. This should be someone 21 years of age or older. The restricted driver cannot legally drive alone and neither can they give lifts to their friends or siblings.
Can I drive my girlfriend on a restricted license?
You can only drive your girlfriend on a restricted driver’s license if you have a licensed supervisor with you that agrees to you carrying passengers. This applies to all types of passengers including your friends or spouse.
Can you carry your child on a restricted license?
No. You cannot carry passengers, including children, without a supervisor who holds a full driver’s license with you. There are no exemptions to restrictions even if you’re a parent or legal guardian.
How do I remove a restriction on my Texas driver’s license?
Some of the restrcitions placed on drivers by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) can be removed by taking additional driving tests or meeting the requirements set. The restrictions are put in place to improve the safety of your driving.
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