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What to Write in a Card for a New Driver

Barbara has spent over forty years writing poems, lyrics, and sayings for cards, and interpreting the meanings and messages in song.

Got a new driver in your family? Help them celebrate the milestone of earning their license by writing a thoughtful (or funny) card!

Got a new driver in your family? Help them celebrate the milestone of earning their license by writing a thoughtful (or funny) card!

How to Congratulate a New Driver on Getting Their License

When you can't find the right words to write in a card, email, or text to the new driver in the family who just passed their driving test, then feel free to use one of the phrases below. You can use these ideas as-is or simply use them as inspiration for your own words.

To make a real impact when you send someone a congratulatory card, make sure that it's inscribed with a thoughtful comment—or loaded with buckets of sarcasm. You'll find both serious and funny ideas for celebrating your new driver in this article.

Sometimes, a new driver feels like a mixed blessing to their parents!

Sometimes, a new driver feels like a mixed blessing to their parents!

Funny Things to Write in a Card for Someone Who Just Passed Their Driving Test

  1. It's not true, is it? We're all a bit panicked, so we'll be staying off the roads for a bit to make room for you.
  2. In a world of crazy drivers, you're now officially driving amongst them. Congrats!
  3. Here's the biggest tip I can give you: Always drive with your eyes open.
  4. At first, you'll be excited about driving—until you're the one asked to run all the errands.
  5. We welcome you to the roads as an official driver! We're secretly scared out of our minds, but we'll get over it.
  6. Your confidence behind the wheel has us in panic mode.
  7. "Can I have the keys?"—five words we've been dreading!
  8. Stay calm and do the right thing; drive the speed limit!
  9. If you think for one minute we're going to let you use the car, well, you're right! Here are the keys; have at it!
  10. Congratulations, you're now on the roads. Actually, I meant "yikes."
  11. You drive, I drive, we all drive: Welcome to the club.
  12. A yellow light doesn't mean "clear the intersection fast," like my dad told me.
  13. My knickers are in a twist 'cause now you'll want the car.
  14. I'm torn between "Yippee!" and "Holy Hannah."
  15. Congratulations to the newest road warrior!
  16. Don't drive too fast, don't drive too slow . . . I wish I could say, "Just don't drive."
  17. You have accomplished something amazing; you passed it on the first try!
  18. Driving is freeing, but not when you're using my car!
  19. Only the road knows, but so will the police if you drive too fast.
  20. Don't tailgate. Only jerks do that.
If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, then always wear your seatbelt and follow the speed limit and be incredibly careful. Whew.

If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, then always wear your seatbelt and follow the speed limit and be incredibly careful. Whew.

More Humorous Card Inscriptions for a New Driver's License

  1. Drive nicely and remain calm.
  2. You've gone from a car seat to the driver's seat in a blink of the eye. Wow, I'm really old now.
  3. Yesterday, you were driving a toy car; today, you're toying with a real car.
  4. In a world of chaos, you're about to add to it!
  5. Congrats. Good. Now you can drive us everywhere.
  6. If you're happy and you know it, drive your car!
  7. Who tested you? Really? Ah well, congrats anyway.
  8. Thank gawd we don't have flying cars, 'cause then we'd all be in panic mode. Congrats on getting your ground-driving license!
  9. Getting a license to drive a car isn't easy! How did you do it?!
  10. The roads are ready for you. We're not!
  11. The words "You're driving now" are like the title of some horror movie.
  12. When you get to a red light, remember: That's the color for STOP!
  13. Your GPS will always take you home—unfortunately, you have to drive the car to get there!
  14. Claim your freedom and drive . . . just do it with your own car.
  15. We're sending you good wishes as you take to the roads, and we're sending everyone else on the road the same thing!
Enjoy the freedom, and remember the responsibility.

Enjoy the freedom, and remember the responsibility.

Kind and Thoughtful Words to Celebrate a New Driver

  1. Driving is a privilege, not a right, so stay safe and drive smart.
  2. Your car is designed to get you there. Be sure to respect it so it can.
  3. Mind the road, mind your car, mind the traffic, mind pedestrians, and remind yourself of these points daily.
  4. You're an excellent driver, so we're glad to have you on the road.
  5. Set yourself a challenge: See if you can go through your entire life with a perfect driving record.
  6. Your driver's license has value. Respect it.
  7. We're sending you a guardian angel to ride over your shoulder and keep you safe on the road.
  8. One of the markers of the beginning of adulthood is getting your driver's license. Remember the responsibility it carries.
  9. We're so happy for you! You've achieved another milestone in life.
  10. You are officially a member of the driving community! We're sending you our best wishes for safe journeys as you travel the roads.
  11. We never doubted you for a second; we knew you'd pass. Congrats!
  12. This world needs more good drivers. Congrats on adding more to the good side!
  13. Stay safe as you test your wings and your wheels.
  14. Watching you drive makes me reflect upon all the years that have gone by. Congrats!
  15. You are driving towards your future now, and we know you'll do awesome. Congrats!
  16. Step one in your travels towards adulthood—check. Congratulations on passing your driver's test!
  17. You are one of the most responsible people we know, and we are grateful for that. Of course we're not surprised that you passed your driver's test! Congrats!
  18. Staying safe and driving safe are the same thing. Please do both.
  19. You're not invincible, so please respect the road and trust your driving.
  20. You've been given a gift: the right to join the rat race. Please do so safely.

© 2018 Barbara Tremblay Cipak

Share Your Feedback and Your Suggestions for What to Write in a Card!

Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on June 16, 2018:

David, lol, thanks for stopping by :)

David Stone from New York City on June 16, 2018:

Nice to see your fertile, funny mind is still at it and fresh. XXOO

Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on June 15, 2018:

lol, I remember when my mother was nervous when I first got mine a lifetime ago - of course I now understand how she felt :)

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on June 15, 2018:

A fun post to read, Barbara. My grandson just got his driver's license. I think I will borrow one of your funny sayings to send in a congrats card to him. I remember being so 'nervous' when his dad passed his driver's test and 'drove' me back home. Now it's HIS turn to worry.... LOL.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on June 12, 2018:

Hi Mary, thanks :)

Barbara Tremblay Cipak (author) from Toronto, Canada on June 12, 2018:

Lorelei, lol, omg, hopefully she's not a candidate for Canada's Worst Driver :)

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on June 12, 2018:

It took my aunt 4 tries to get her drivers licence. She was in her 40's and my uncle bought her the longest vintage car I had ever seen. I could not have imagined taking the test in that car lol. It was a beauty though.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 12, 2018:

Some of those are really funny. I wish I have these when the grandkids got their license.

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