Graduated Driver's License (GDL)

Your chances of being in a car crash are the highest in your first two years of driving.

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With this in mind...

New Jersey designed the Graduated Driver's License Program (GDL), to provide you with the instruction and driving experience you need to stay safer. The goal of the GDL program is to protect you, the lives of passengers and other drivers.

New Jersey Graduated Driver's License (GDL) Restrictions: (Revised May 2010)

example of probationary license.
  • May not drive between 11:01 and 5:00am.
  • May not have more than one friend in the car (besides his or her dependents) This restriction does not apply if the driver is accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • May not use a cell phone (including hands free) or any other hand-held electronic device (Note: GPS systems - portable or built in - and iPods connected to a vehicle's sound system are permitted, but a teen should not make any adjustments to these devices while driving)
  • Must ensure that they and ALL of their passengers wear seatbelts
  • Face a fine of $100
  • May not plea-bargain any point carrying offense
  • ALL GDL Probationary and Permit holders under the age of 21 MUST display decals on the front and rear license plates until they receive their basic license; at which time all of the above restrictions are lifted.

There is NO grandfathering of older provisional restrictions.


The MVC will not inform you when your probationary period is over. If you do not obtain your basic license when your probationary period is over, you will still be considered a GDL holder and the restrictions will still apply to you.

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