The Alabama Graduated Drivers License law was passed in its current form in 2010. A proposed bill in Montgomery (HB29) will, if passed, make some major changes in the penalties for violations. Before we look at the proposed changes, Let’s first review the law as it currently stands.
The Alabama Graduate Drivers License (GDL) law establishes three types of drivers licenses:
- Stage I: Learner’s Permit (age 15)
- Stage II: Restricted License (all age 16, as long as they are 16, AND 17-year olds licensed less than 6 months.)
- Stage III: Full License (17-years-old AND Stage II held for at least six months)
Stage II places certain restrictions on young drivers.
The restrictions apply to all 16-year-old drivers as long as they are 16. Contrary to a common misunderstanding, the restrictions do not expire when a 16-year-old driver has had their license for 6 months. The restrictions expire when the 16-year-old driver has turned 17 AND (not or) has had his or her license for at least 6 months.
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