Chapter 2, Section I:|
Created June 16, 2010
A Minor is anyone under 18 years of age.
Who must sign for a minor?
Applications of minors
Effective May 20, 2008 (see PQU#65), if a parent or legal guardian is not available to sign the application of a minor, the application may only be signed by another responsible adult who:
The person who signs the application of a minor for a permit or license is liable with the minor for any damages caused by the minor's negligence or willful misconduct while driving a motor vehicle, unless the minor deposits or has deposited on his behalf proof of financial responsibility in respect to the operation of any motor vehicle owned or operated by him.
When taking a signature from ďanother responsible adultĒ on a minorís application, the field office agent should always ask the adult signer to confirm his or her understanding that by doing so he or she accepts liability for the minorís negligence or willful misconduct when driving a motor vehicle.
For minors of residences like the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch the accompanying adult must be an employee of the organization, and must provide proof of identification and a copy of the organizationís blanket liability insurance policy. The clerk must document the insurance policy number and the name and address of the individual and organization on the driver application.
Foreign Exchange Students may also, with proper identification, be issued a driver license or permit, if an adult is willing to sign, verify and assume the liability obligation.
Release From Liability (66-5-12)
Death of person signing minor's
Emancipated minors (32A-21-3 to
An emancipated minor may apply for a driver's license without the signature of a responsible adult. The emancipated minor must present the original or a certified copy of the marriage certificate or court order of emancipation. The clerk must record on the driver license application the type of supporting documents presented.
GDL requirements must still be met. And the minor's parent or guardian may still be liable for damages caused by the minor's negligence or willful misconduct while driving a motor vehicle.