Graduated Drivers License
Alabama has a Graduated Drivers License (GDL) Law which includes three stages: Learner's Permit, Restricted License, and Unrestricted License. An Alabama driver with a Restricted License (16-year-old drivers, as well as 17-year-old drivers licensed less than six months) may not:
1. Have more than one non-family passenger other than the parent, guardian, or supervising licensed driver at least 21 years of age.
2. Operate a vehicle between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., unless:
- Accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
- Accompanied by a licensed adult 21 years of age or older with parental consent.
- Going to or from their regular place of work.
- Going to or from a school-sponsored event.
- Going to or from a religious-sponsored event.
- Driving due to a medical, fire, or law enforcement emergency.
- Driving to or from hunting/fishing activities in possession of required licenses.
3. Drive while operating any non-essential handheld communication device.
Violations will result in an extension of the graduated license period and/or suspension of the license.
Links to Resources
- Alabama Graduated Driver's License (GDL)
- Original Alabama GDL Law Section 32-6-7.2
- 2010 Amendments to GDL Law
- Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA)
- Graduated Driver License Form
Page last updated: November 6, 2017