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What is a NJ probationary license or GDL?

In New Jersey, if a person is either under 21 years old or has never had a driver license, he or she is required to complete a period of supervised driving before getting a basic driver license. This Graduated Driver License (GDL) program introduces driving privileges in phases.

There are three options to complete the program:

  • Learner's Permit, for 16 year old drivers,
  • Probationary License, for drivers 17-21,
  • Adult First Time Drivers, for drivers 21 and older.

Each level has restrictions that must be adhered to by the license holder, and failure to do so carries consequences. However, upon completion of all the steps in the program, drivers are awarded an unrestricted basic driver license.

It is important to obey these restrictions while holding a GDL, as the law is less tolerant of these infractions, and problems can arise if you accumulate more than three (3) points!

Knowing the rules of the road can help! To get more information on New Jersey's traffic laws, download my free book, A Guide to Driving Legally in NJ, and Surviving Traffic Court If You Don't.

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