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Driving Lesson

Graduated Driving Licensing Program

In 2001, New Jersey sought to enhance driver preparation and safety by implementing a multi-stage driver licensing system.

Known as the Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program, the system gradually introduces driving privileges to first-time drivers, extends their practice driving time and requires a minimum age of 18 in order to receive an unrestricted, basic driver license.

GDL restrictions placed upon first-time drivers must be strictly adhered to.

Step 1: Obtain Student Learner's Permit

Step 1: Obtain Student Learner's Permit
  • Obtain Student Learner's Permit through a licensed driving school

  • Must be at least 16 years old

  • Must have signed parent or guardian consent

  • Must be enrolled in approved behind-the-wheel driver training course

  • An approved instructor must purchase
    the permit

  • Must pass the MVC’s knowledge and
    vision tests

  • The MVC will validate Learner Permits ONLY after training course completion.

Step 2: Practice with an Adult Supervising Driver

  • Must observe special learner permit driving restrictions.

  • Must practice at least six months

  • Must have red GDL decals attached to

       vehicle when driving

Step 2: Practice with an Adult Supervising Driver

Step 3: Obtain a Probationary License

Step 3: Obtain a Probationary License
  • Must have completed six months of supervised driving without any suspensions or postponements

  • Must pass the MVC’s road test

  • Must be at least 17 years old

With a probationary license:

  • Must practice unsupervised driving for at least one year

  • Must observe probationary driver license restrictions
    • Must have red GDL decals attached to
    vehicle when driving

Step 4: Obtain Basic Driving License

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Must have completed one year of
    unsupervised driving with probationary
    driver license restrictions.

Step 4: Obtain Basic Driving License
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