May 1, 2010
Changes to the Graduated Driver License (GDL) Law

On May 1, 2010, the requirements for all teens (16-20 years of age) holding a permit or provisional license under New Jersey's Graduated Driver License (GDL) Law will change. To ensure that GDL holders comply with the law, they and their parents should be aware that the teen driver:

  • May not be on the road between 11:01 pm and 5:00 am
  • may transport only one passenger in the vehicle besides his or her dependents (Note: If a parent or guardian is in the vehicle, the passenger restriction is waived and the teen may transport as many passengers as there are seat belts.)
  • May not use a cell phone (hand-held or hands-free), iPod or other wireless 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 all vehicle occupants are properly restrained in child safety seats or seat belts
  • Must display a decal on the front and rear license plate
  • May not plea bargain any point carrying offenses.

There will be NO grandfathering of existing permit and provisional license holders. Regardless of how much time a GDL holder has remaining on her or his permit or provisional license, s/he must abide by these requirements beginning May 1, 2010. In addition, the name of the provisional license will change to probationary; this will be reflected on documents issued after May 1, 2010.

The Decal

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is charged with designing and distributing the decal, which must be displayed on a vehicle's front and rear license plate when a permit or provisional license holder under 21 years of age is driving. The decal will be:

  • Affixed with a velcro system to allow for its removal when the GDL holder is not behind the wheel
  • Reflectorized so that it can be seen at night
  • Non-descript (it is intended for enforcement purposes)
  • $4.00 per pair at MVC agencies. (Note: MVC is developing a bulk purchase program for driving and high schools, Police Departments and other organizations.)

The preceding information can be found at www.njteendriving.com - New Jersey's online resource for all things teen driving.

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