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Monitor my teen driver (TEENS)
What is the TEENS program?
The Teen Electronic Event Notification Service (TEENS) is a parental notification program that notifies the parent(s) of a driver under age 18 when specific events are added to the driver record of the teen. The events include tickets, traffic violation convictions, driver license suspensions and certain accidents. By being informed of these events, parents can take an active role in the development of safe driving behaviors by their children. Also, this program help parents be aware of any potentially risky habits which develop during the early driving career of their teenager. Enrollment in the program will continue until your teen is 18 years old. When the teen becomes 18, the enrollment is automatically discontinued. The young driver, now of legal age, no longer needs parental consent, and has the right of privacy of personal license file information.
How do I enroll?
Any parent or guardian who has a child under age 18, with a NYS driver permit or license can participate. Parental enrollment in TEENS is voluntary, and there is no fee. There are three ways for parents to enroll in the program:
What kind of notifications will I receive?
Parents/Guardians can receive two types of notification when a reportable event occurs in relation to their minor:
Notification of these events is done as an informational service. What you do with the information is entirely up to you. However, we suggest that you use the opportunity to talk to your young driver and discuss how to avoid similar occurrences in the future.
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of people ages 16-17. Teenage drivers in New York State are over represented in fatal and personal injury crashes. Drivers this age are a very small percentage of the licensed drivers in New York State. However, the percentage of fatal and personal injury crashes that involve these drivers is much higher than others.
Statistics aside, common sense tells us that sound decision-making and judgment, as well as an awareness of hazards, develop through experience. Add to that the often-common teen behaviors such as risk-taking and thrill seeking, along with peer pressure, which all put young drivers in jeopardy. DMV wants to provide every tool possible to parents of young drivers. DMV wants to help parents help their young drivers develop safe and responsible driving behaviors.
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