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Have a NJ Graduated Driver's License (GDL)? Don't Forget the Decal!

Ever since May 1, 2010, New Jersey has required all drivers under 21 with a permit or probationary license to display a decal on a car they drive, even if they have been driving for more than six (6) months. Anyone who fails to display this decal faces a fine of $100.

How Is It Displayed?

This decal must be displayed in the top, left corner of both the front and rear license plates. If you are operating a motorcycle, which only requires one plate, stick one (1) decal on the plate in the top left corner. If the top left corner already has a decal, place it on another corner.

Any other drivers not required to display the decals should remove them prior to operating the vehicle. Here's how to apply them.

How Long Must You Use Them?

How long you are required to use them depends on when you first obtained your permit. If you are under the age of 21, you must display the decals during the period you possess a permit or probationary driver license. They are no longer necessary once you obtain a full privilege driver license.

They can be purchased by anyone - permit holder, probationary driver or parents - at local motor vehicle agencies for $4 per pair. You can purchase as many as you want, but they can only be bought in pairs.

Follow the Rules: Or Else!

There are many requirements, and restrictions, for these licenses, and new drivers should be familiar with them. Violating the rules of the road with a GDL can come with some serious consequences as well, so know the rules and follow them!

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