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"Chives, your tone?"
―Drake to "Chives"
Driver's License
Season 2, Episode 9
Air date September 12, 2004
Written by Dan Schneider
Directed by Virgil L. Fabian
Episode Guide
Blues Brothers
Number 1 Fan

Driver's License is the ninth episode of the second season of Drake & Josh.


Josh gets a traffic ticket. Drake, who has failed his test, agrees to pay the fine (so Josh doesn't have to tell their Dad) in exchange for Josh's chauffeur services.


In the opening comments, Drake and Josh talk about why being 16 and driver's licenses are important.

Drake fails to get his driver's license while Josh obtains it, and Josh is excited until he gets a ticket for running a stop sign. Fearing that Walter will take his license away for good after Walter instructed the boys with a practice-test, Drake offers to pay for the ticket and keep it a secret.

But in return, Drake starts asking Josh to drive him around everywhere, threatening to reveal his ticket to Walter. But Josh decides he has had enough when Drake makes him drive his date around while dressing and acting as a chauffeur, which leads to a fight.

During the end credits, Drake asks his driving instructor if she can take the wheel. Josh's driving instructor tells him that he needs to parallel park. At night, Josh is having a phone call with Trevor, and he tells him that he doesn't want to see his growth.



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  • "Chives" is the name of a butler on The Amanda Show, and the Headless Knight's butler Chives from Kenan and Kel: Two Heads Are Better Than None. There was also a butler character named Chives on the Disney Channel series, Even Stevens. He appeared in the episode, Gutter Queen.
  • This episode marks the first time Drake and Josh both drive (with the exception of Dune Buggy).
  • The woman who played Josh's driving instructor (Marie Cheatham) would later play Cat's Nona on Sam & Cat.
  • Inside-Out Burger is a parody of In-N-Out Burger.
  • The police officer that gives Josh a ticket is played by Erik Estrada, best known for his role as Officer Poncharello on the crime drama CHiPs.
    • Erik Estrada also portrayed Carlos Garcia's father on another Nickelodeon show: Big Time Rush. Coincidentally, both of the characters Erik played were police officers.
  • Carly is the name of Miranda Cosgrove's character in iCarly and Drake's future girlfriend in Who's Got Game?.
  • Josh mentions he spent his life savings on a tanning bed that didn't work. He stated in Guitar that he was saving up for one, and later in the episode, he says he's going to get one.
  • This is the only episode Megan pulls a prank on Walter.
  • Since Drake didn't get his license in this episode, sometime between this episode and Drake & Josh Go Hollywood, Drake eventually succeeds after six tries to get his license.
  • When Josh says, "To the Josh Mobile.", it's a reference to Batman when he says, "To the Batmobile."
  • Chives is a type of herb used in cooking.
  • This episode is similar to the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Used Car", when Hamid's boss fires Hamid after Beavis and Butt-Head crashed the car when they did not have licenses or insurance.
  • This episode is similar to the Daria episode "Speed trapped", when Daria gets her driver's license as she and Quinn take a road trip to bail out Jane and Mystic Spiral.
  • In the scene where Drake & Josh are in their bedroom, Josh is studying while Drake is playing a violent video game, though it could be Carmageddon due to Josh mentioning that Drake was stealing buses and ramming dragons in-game.
  • This episode along with Pilot, Dune Buggy, Guitar, Blues Brothers, Number 1 Fan and The Gary Grill are not available on any streaming services due to licensing issues with material used in the episode. However, this episode was previously aired on TeenNick.
  • This episode appears as a flashback on Peruvian Puff Pepper and Dr. Phyllis Show.


  • Those who just recently received their driver's licenses are not legally allowed to drive at night, so Josh was breaking the law by doing so.
  • There are many inconsistencies that make the whole driving test with Carly unrealistic:
    • Carly says Drake did not pass his driving test because he ran 4 stop signs, 2 red lights, drove on the sidewalk, rear-ended a firetruck, and almost ran over an old lady in a wheelchair for hogging the lane. He could have gotten traffic tickets from those.
    • Along with the things Carly listed, she did not list Drake driving to the Inside-Out Burger drive thru during his test, which qualifies as another strike.
    • It is actually against the law to go somewhere to eat while taking a driving test.
    • Carly would have likely been fired for allowing Drake to drive to Inside-Out Burger and drawing a picture of him during his test.
    • Carly could also be fired for inappropriate conduct during the test, as she was clearly flirting with Drake. After the test Carly asks Drake to call her, given that he is a minor at 16 while she is likely in her late 20s or early 30s, she could possibly face criminal charges.
  • Where Josh brings in the groceries and says, "TO THE JOSH MOBILE.", it's afternoon when he and Drake leave the house, but in the next scene where they're driving and Josh runs a stop sign, it's night. However, it's highly likely that they did go out in the afternoon and had pizza together, but time passed as they hung out.
  • It is surprising that the police officer did not intervene when Josh started fighting with Drake in the car at the end of the episode. It is possible he intervened after the episode ended unless Josh stopped attacking Drake before he had a chance to intervene.
Drake and Josh Episodes
Season 1 PilotDune BuggyBelieve Me, BrotherTwo Idiots and a BabyFirst CrushGrammy
Season 2 The BetGuitarMovie JobFootballPool SharkSmart GirlLittle DivaBlues BrothersDriver's LicenseNumber 1 FanMean TeacherThe Gary GrillDrew & JerryHonor Council
Season 3 The Drake & Josh InnPeruvian Puff PepperWe're Married?Mindy's BackThe AffairPlaying the FieldHelen's SurgeryPaging Dr. DrakeFoam FingerGirl PowerSheep ThrillsMegan's New TeacherLittle SiblingTheater ThugThe DemonatorAlien InvasionDr. Phyllis Show
Season 4 Josh Runs Into OprahVicious TiberiusThe WeddingMindy Loves JoshWho's Got Game?The Great DohenyI Love SushiThe StormMy Dinner with BoboTree HouseJosh Is DoneEric Punches DrakeMegan's RevengeSteered StraightMegan's First KissBattle of PanthatarReally Big ShrimpHelicopterDance Contest