MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER’S LICENSES
49-310. Applications of persons under the age of eighteen years. (1) The application of any person under the age of eighteen (18) years for any class D instruction permit, restricted driver’s license, restricted school attendance driving permit, driver training instruction permit or driver’s license shall be signed and verified before a person authorized to administer oaths by either the father or mother of the applicant, if both are living and have custody of him; or if either be dead, then by the surviving parent who has custody of him; or by the Idaho resident host of a foreign exchange student, or in the event neither parent is living, or if living and does not have the custody of the applicant, then by the person or guardian having such custody, with verifiable custody or guardianship documents, or by an employer of the applicant. In the event there is no guardian or employer, then some other responsible person willing to assume the obligation for the applicant may sign the application. Any person who signs the applicant’s application shall attest that the applicant is in compliance with the school attendance provisions of section 49-303A, Idaho Code. When the minor person applies for a class D driver’s license, a parent or guardian or a person authorized by the parent or guardian shall attest that the minor person has satisfied the requirements and conditions applicable to the class D supervised instruction permit pursuant to section 49-307, Idaho Code. The person willing to assume responsibility for the applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. When signing for a restricted school attendance driving permit, the person signing the applicant’s application shall attest that the conditions set forth within section 49-307A, Idaho Code, are met. Each application for a restricted school attendance driving permit shall also be signed by the local county sheriff, the president of the board of trustees of the local school district, and the school principal of the applicant’s school, verifying that the conditions set forth within section 49-307A, Idaho Code, are met.
(2) Any negligence or willful misconduct of a person under the age of eighteen (18) years when operating a motor vehicle upon a highway shall be imputed to the person who signed the application of that person for a permit or driver’s license, and that person shall be jointly and severally liable with the permit or driver’s license holder for any damage caused by negligence or willful misconduct, except as otherwise provided by law.
(3) In the event a permit or driver’s license holder under the age of eighteen (18) years maintains, or there is maintained upon his behalf, proof of financial responsibility as required under the motor vehicle financial responsibility laws of this state, or by the director if the form and amount is not fixed by law, then the department may accept the application when signed by one (1) parent or guardian of the applicant, and while that proof is maintained, the parent or guardian shall not be subject to liability for the negligence or willful misconduct of the person under the age of eighteen (18) years, as imposed under subsection (2) of this section.
(4) Any person who has signed the application of a minor for a permit or driver’s license shall be liable civilly for the payment of any court penalty imposed because the minor has been found to have committed an infraction violation. The provisions of this section shall not apply or create any civil liability for the person signing the application in connection with any pedestrian, bicycle, or electric-assisted bicycle infraction, and provided this subsection shall not apply to any civil action where the plaintiff is other than the state of Idaho.
[49-310, added 1988, ch. 265, sec. 44, p. 594; am. 1989, ch. 88, sec. 22, p. 176; am. 1992, ch. 115, sec. 11, p. 363; am. 1996, ch. 348, sec. 5, p. 1166; am. 1999, ch. 81, sec. 10, p. 252; am. 2000, ch. 214, sec. 9, p. 597; am. 2002, ch. 235, sec. 5, p. 703; am. 2002, ch. 357, sec. 1, p. 1014; am. 2014, ch. 92, sec. 2, p. 251; am. 2019, ch. 84, sec. 5, p. 208.]