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. These restrictions have to do with when you drive, who you drive with, and use of electronic devices. They differ somewhat for each level, and are listed at the links below:
However, upon completion of all the steps in the program, drivers are awarded an unrestricted basic driver license.
What if you get a ticket?
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!
Want to Avoid Getting One?
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.