A New Jersey probationary license, also called a Graduated Driver License (GDL), is a restricted license issued to those learning to drive for the first time (usually teenagers) and has certain restrictions that must be observed, depending on the age of the teen when he or she applies for it. As of May 10, 2010, they are:
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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.
Anyone holding a probationary license must be very careful, as traffic violations can have increased consequences, not the least of which is the inability to eliminate points by pleading to "Unsafe Operation."
If you have received a ticket in Camden, Gloucester, or Salem County while holding a GDL, call my office at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site to discuss your options. You don't want to end up losing the license you just got!
If you hold a GDL, or are the parent of someone who does, and would like further information on New Jersey's traffic laws in order to avoid getting a ticket that carries points, download my free book, A Guide to Driving Legally in New Jersey and Surviving Traffic Court If You Don't.