Updated: January, 2018Summary of common traffic laws in New Hampshire – Speed limits, License Renewals, Learners Permits, Drunk Driving Laws, and more. For more information, visit the New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency website.
In New Hampshire, the maximum speed limit for cars is 70 mph. The maximum highway speed for trucks is also 70 mph. Maximum speeds may only apply to small sections of designated roads - not all highways. Always observe posted traffic laws and drive safely for the weather and road conditions.
New Hampshire allows new drivers to get their learners permit at the age of 15 years and 6 months. You must have your provisional license for a minimum of 0 months. Drivers can then get their intermediate license at 16. An Intermediate License imposes restricts on when you are allowed to drive and how many passengers are allowed in the car, but allows you to drive yourself without an instructor in the car.
In New Hampshire, drivers can obtain their full drivers license at the age of 17.
New Hampshire requires you to renew your license every 5 years. There are additional provisions for older drivers:
The state of New Hampshire enforces increased penalties for speeding violations within work zones. These increased penalties are known as Work Zone Enhancements. Workers must be present and there must be signs idicating road work is in progress in order for Work Zone Enhancements to be enforced. In New Hampshire, Work Zone Enhacements are:
The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.08%. Most states impose increased mandatory penalties for driving above a specific BAC. In New Hampshire, driving with a BAC above 0.16% will trigger automatic enhanced minimum penalties.
Texting while driving is illegal in most but not all states. In New Hampshire, hand-held devices such as phones and mp3 player are banned for all drivers, regardless of age. Hands-free interaction with cellphones is allowed.
Texting while driving is banned in New Hampshire. Texting while driving is concidered a primary offense. This means that you can be pulled over with texting as the only offense. In New Hampshire, distracted driving is listed as a category on police crash report forms.
New Hampshire does not enforce seatbelt use. Seatbelt use laws depend on the driving experience of the driver and which seat of the car a passenger is sitting in.