Graduated Driver Licensing ( GDL ) for Teen Drivers

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The crash risk is highest for drivers 16 years of age due to their immaturity and limited driving experience. A series of five research papers published in a September 2002 supplement of Injury Prevention address reducing the crash risk among young drivers. The papers make a compelling case for graduated driver licensing (GDL), the system of laws and practices that gradually introduce young drivers into the driving population.

Graduated Driver License programs can be found in 31 states around the country. The GDL program permit young drivers to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges and are generally targeted towards 14 - 17 year old teen drivers.

Most states require an adult with a valid driver's license be present when the teen is driving. Additionally the teen driver is required to enroll in a certified Drivers Ed course and must hold a learner's permit for at least 3 - 6 months before taking an " operators driving license " test.

It is during these 3 - 6 months when teen drivers with learner's permits mostly drive the family vehicle with their parents. While GDL programs allow the teen driver to gain experience in a family vehicle with a parent, other drivers are not aware who is behind the wheel of this vehicle.

Notifying other drivers will give them the ability to consider choices when approaching a vehicle operated by a teen driver. We can increase traffic safety and awareness. Car magnets have become a viable possibility as the notification tool. Easy to put on and easy to take off! No hassles or concerns about permanent bumper stickers that may not come off.

Auto Safety Magnets has a focus strictly on car safety for teen drivers, their parents and driving schools. Help keep the roads safe.



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K Dog 16.12.2008. 14:45

Are teenage car accident rates still increasing from 1996? I would like to also know if a GDL (Graduated Driver's License) program should be necessary for all teenage drivers?

K Dog

Admin 16.12.2008. 14:45

Yes. The GDL program should be necessary for all teenage drivers. Here is proof of that.

This study was taken in 2006.

Graduated driver licensing programs reduce, by an average of 11 percent, the incidence of fatal crashes of 16-year-old drivers, according to a study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health?s Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. When examining the most comprehensive programs, which include at least five of seven components the researchers found about a 20 percent reduction in fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers. The report was supported primarily by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As far as teenage accident rates increasing it is a proven fact that the rates are still on the rise since 1996. Here are statistics to support this.

* Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.

* Each year, more than 5,000 teens (ages 16-20) are killed inpassenger vehicle crashes.

* During 2006, a teen died in a traffic crash an average of once every hour on weekends and nearly once every two hours during the week.

Nationally in 2006, 4,842 teen passenger vehicle occupants, ages 16 to 20, were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and 58 percent (2,813) were unrestrained at the time of the fatal crash.

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Enrique 25.06.2011. 02:33

What are the new driving laws for 15 and 16 year olds getting their drivers license/permit in california? I am going to be of driving age soon and i want to know the new laws about teen drivers.
Please in California.

Enrique

Admin 25.06.2011. 02:33

Graduated Driver?s License Program }{

California led the nation when it first passed its Graduated Driver's License (GDL) law in 1997. The state put this program in place to reduce the number of teen car accidents and the number of teens who are injured or killed each year in California. Under this program, teens between the ages of 15 and 17 must:

Complete a driver education class, such as the one offered by our sponsor.
Hold a provisional learner's permit for six months.
Complete six hours of professional driver training.
Complete 50 practice hours with an adult (25 years old and up).
Apply for a California provisional driver license.
Take Drivers Education
Residents

You have the option to take driver education either through a state-approved program such as the one offered by our sponsor or in a public or private high school.
New to the State

If you took driver?s ed in another state, you cannot use an out-of-state driving instructional permit as proof of course completion. Instead the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will accept either:
A completed form DL 33 (To Secondary Schools Other Than California Schools) filled out by your out-of-state secondary school. You can request this form by calling (800) 777-0133 or pick one up at your nearest DMV office.
A letter printed on school stationery and signed by a school official from your out-of-state secondary school stating that you completed a course equivalent to California?s as described in Section 10020 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

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Sel Scuderia 04.08.2010. 06:33

How long do you have to have your license in Arizona before you can drive other people? I have had my license for 5 months and I heard that you have to have it for 6 months to drive people but i'm not sure since I got my license in another state. Anyone know?

Sel Scuderia

Admin 04.08.2010. 06:33

http://www.azdot.gov/mvd/driver/gdl/gdl.asp

I'm not sure what the rules say if you have been licensed elsewhere.

Graduated DRIVER LICENSE Requirements

* Teen must be at least 16 years old.
* Teen must hold the class G permit for at least six months.
* Teen must have completed 20 hours of supervised, behind-the-wheel daytime driving practice and 10 hours of supervised, behind the wheel night time driving practice?a total of 30 hours?before applying for graduated driver license.
* For the first six months, a teen with a graduated driver license cannot drive between the hours of midnight to 5:00am unless:
o A parent or legal guardian who has a valid driver license is sitting in the front passenger seat,
o The teen is driving to or from a sanctioned school sponsored activity, sanctioned religious activity, place of employment, or family emergency.
* Teen with a Graduated Driver License shall not drive a motor vehicle containing more than one passenger under the age of 18 on a public highway, unless:
o The passengers are the teen driver?s siblings or
o The teen driver is accompanied by a parent of legal guardian with a valid driver license and occupies the front passenger seat.


NOTE: If the teen driver has no outstanding extensions of the restricted driving period or suspension of driving privileges during the completion of the first six months of restricted driving, the teen may drive without restriction until eligible to apply for a Class D driver license beginning at age 18.

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Roman 20.04.2011. 01:53

What are all the steps in getting my drivers license in Texas ? Well I'm 16 and have been told many different things. So what are the steps start to finish in getting a license? Including the getting a permit part. Thanks :)

Roman

Admin 20.04.2011. 01:53

Here is the information you seek straight from the Texas DVM. You should also be aware that Texas has a graduated Driver Licensing program that is too lengthy to include here. You should look it up at the Texas DMV site under Teen and Under 25 Drivers.

All drivers 18 years of age and under must meet the licensing requirements for a learner or provisional driver license, but they are also subject to additional requirements, including graduated driver licensing and driver education.

Graduated Driver Licensing
Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) is designed to provide new drivers of motor vehicles with driving experience and skills gradually over time in low-risk environments. GDL requirements include such requirements as time for holding a learner license before obtaining a provisional license, and restrictions on passengers and hours of driving for provisional license holders. Read more about the Texas GDL requirements.

Driver Education
According to Texas law, the Department may not issue a driver license to a person who is under 25 years of age unless the person successfully completes an approved driver education course. Teens and young adults under 25 may meet this requirement by completing courses offered by private commercial driving schools, through public schools, or the parent taught program.

The Parent Taught Driver Education (PTDE) program is offered by the Department for parents, and other family members, who wish to provide instruction to their teen driver(s). Can?t decide if you want to be the instructor? View our checklist for the differences between parent taught and commercial/public school driver education programs.

NOTE: All driver licenses, other than a learner license, issued to persons under 18 years of age will be marked ?Provisional?. The provisional license will be vertical and will be dated to expire on the applicant's 18th birthday or next birthday occurring after the date of issuance. No renewal notice will be sent as the applicant must present Verification of Enrollment and Attendance from their school for each renewal.

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Poop Nugget 19.05.2011. 03:56

Is there a way to drive a minor around right after you get your license? I'm in California. Is there a way if I get a parent's signature or approval from both mine and the drivers parents? The driver will have just gotten her license but at the time, will not have waited a year, is it still ok?
My friends and I sort of need to do this when traveling around the city for sports.

Poop Nugget

Admin 19.05.2011. 03:56

Short answer NO, but here is the law and it places severe restrictions and sanctions on teen drivers, if caught your friend could lose their license until 18.~

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California Graduated Drivers License (GDL)

In July 1998, California enacted a new law that requires all new teen drivers to obtain drivers licenses through a three-step process. This graduated drivers license law is aimed at reducing the amount of teen auto injuries and fatalities as statistics show that drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 experience a very high number of collisions.

California teens are first required to go through a supervised period (with a learners permit) during which time the teen must complete 50 hours of supervised driving. Ten of the required hours must be performed at night. A parent or guardian is responsible for certifying in writing that the proper number of hours has been completed.

The student must also comply with the following restrictions:

The student is only allowed to drive with a parent or guardian, an adult over 25 years of age, or with a licensed professional instructor. All supervising drivers must have a current California drivers license.
New drivers must enroll in and complete at least 6 hours of a drivers training course.
He or she must keep a clean driving record.
The Zero Tolerance law applies until you turn 21. This means that student may not drink and drive.

Note: Effective July 1, 2008, a new law will ban the use of cell-phones (with or without hands-free devices), laptops, pagers, and other electronic devices by anyone under 18 who is driving.

Once the teen has successfully completed the first step, he or she is free to move on to the next stage. In step two, the student may receive a provisional license if he or she is between 16 and 18 years old and has passed a behind-the-wheel driving test. The new driver must also provide a parent's signature on his or her instruction permit stating that he or she has completed all required driving practice.

With a provisional license, the new driver is required to abide by the following regulations:

For the first 12 months (or until the driver reaches his or her 18th birthday), no passengers under the age of 20 are allowed in the provisional license holder?s vehicle unless a licensed driver age 25 or older is present.
For the first 12 months, the new driver needs to be accompanied by a driver 25 years of age or older if teenager is driving between the hours of 11 P.M. and 5 A.M. or if the driver is transporting passengers under the age of 20.

A full-privilege license may be granted after the driver successfully undergoes the first two steps for the proper amount of time and there are no outstanding DMV or court-ordered restrictions, suspensions, or probations on the driver?s record.

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Azure 15.03.2009. 02:23

How do you get a driving license in the USA? how old do you have to be? do you have to hold a provisional license first? does it vary across different states?

Azure

Admin 15.03.2009. 02:23

Driver licensing laws vary by state, so that in turn affects the "when." Typically, one would have to be sixteen to get a permit after completely a classroom course, followed by a prescribed number of hours of behind the wheel practice.

Upon satisfactory completion, you will then be eligible for a learner's permit, which is extremely limited in its scope; generally, you're limited to driving with a licensed adult who also resides in the same household, such as a legal guardian, licensed older sibling, or biological or adoptive parent. In these cases, that adult usually has to be older than twenty-one.

Most states have adopted a "graduated driver license" (GDL) program, which limits teens' driving to within specified hours and who must be in the car with them, along with who may ride with them, e.g., friends, etc. It will typically start about age 16 1/2, and is gradually expanded so that by age eighteen, you have full privileges, just as your parents do.

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Katie 05.09.2011. 03:26

what are the exceptions to the new driving law for teenagers in michigan now? im 17.5 and i just got my license on friday and my mom and i got into an arguement about what the law entails for teenage drivers in michigan. is it true that if your driving to school you can have as many people in the car as there are seatbelts as long as you are going to or from school or a school even or work?

Katie

Admin 05.09.2011. 03:26

Here are the requirements for the Michigan GDL.}{


Graduated Driver License
The Department of State offers the Graduated Driver License in a standard and enhanced version. The enhanced GDL is an attractive alternative to the standard license because it allows you to re-enter the U.S. by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean without the need to show additional identity or citizenship documents at the border.

Applying for a Standard Graduated Driver License
Level 1 Learner's License Eligibility
To be eligible for a Level 1 Learner's License, applicants must:

Present acceptable documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal presence, identity and Michigan residency
Be at least 14 years 9 months old
Pass a vision test
Provide their Social Security number or letter of ineligibility
Meet physical and mental standards as prescribed by the Secretary of State
Successfully complete Segment 1 of an approved driver education program and present a Segment 1 Certificate of Completion
Have a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult sign the Level 1 application

Level 2 Intermediate License Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for a Level 2 Intermediate License, applicants must:

Present a Level 1 Learner's License and proof of U.S. citizenship or legal presence.
Be at least 16 years old
Pass a vision test
Meet physical and mental standards as prescribed by the Secretary of State
Have possessed a Level 1 Learner's License for not less than 6 months
Must have successfully completed Segment 2 of an approved driver education program and present a Segment 2 Certificate of Completion
Pass a driving skills test and present a Driving Skills Test Certificate
Have no convictions or civil infractions, license suspensions, or at-fault crashes for the 90-day period immediately prior to applying for a Level 2 Intermediate License
Have a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult sign the application to certify the 50 hours behind-the-wheel experience

Level 3 Full License Eligibility
To be eligible for a Level 3 Full License, applicants must:

Be at least 17 years old
Complete at least six months at Level 2
Complete 12 consecutive months without a moving violation, an accident in which a moving violation resulted, an accident, a license suspension, or a violation of the graduated license restrictions (may be six months at Level 1 and six months at Level 2, if consecutive)

A new Level 3 license is created and mailed from Lansing using the electronic image on file (obtained at Level 2). This license is issued at no-fee to the applicant. A teen will automatically advance to a Level 3 License provided he or she is age 17, has met all driving requirements, and has parental authorization. This authorization is granted when the parent or legal guardian signs for the teen's Level 2 License.

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Ava Juliet 12.08.2011. 04:02

Im moving to california and idk if i can get my license? Im moving to california, right now i live in arizona. im 16 and only have my permit. but i can get my license on the 17th. If i move to california before then will i still be able to go to te dmv in california and get my license that day or no?

Ava Juliet

Admin 12.08.2011. 04:02

California should accept your Arizona permit. The California GDL is a three step process so you would be wise to get your license in Arizona and then you can exchange it for the California license.}{
California Graduated Drivers License (GDL)

In July 1998, California enacted a new law that requires all new teen drivers to obtain drivers licenses through a three-step process. This graduated drivers license law is aimed at reducing the amount of teen auto injuries and fatalities as statistics show that drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 experience a very high number of collisions.

California teens are first required to go through a supervised period (with a learners permit) during which time the teen must complete 50 hours of supervised driving. Ten of the required hours must be performed at night. A parent or guardian is responsible for certifying in writing that the proper number of hours has been completed.

The student must also comply with the following restrictions:

The student is only allowed to drive with a parent or guardian, an adult over 25 years of age, or with a licensed professional instructor. All supervising drivers must have a current California drivers license.
New drivers must enroll in and complete at least 6 hours of a drivers training course.
He or she must keep a clean driving record.
The Zero Tolerance law applies until you turn 21. This means that student may not drink and drive.

Note: Effective July 1, 2008, a new law will ban the use of cell-phones (with or without hands-free devices), laptops, pagers, and other electronic devices by anyone under 18 who is driving.

Once the teen has successfully completed the first step, he or she is free to move on to the next stage. In step two, the student may receive a provisional license if he or she is between 16 and 18 years old and has passed a behind-the-wheel driving test. The new driver must also provide a parent's signature on his or her instruction permit stating that he or she has completed all required driving practice.

With a provisional license, the new driver is required to abide by the following regulations:

For the first 12 months (or until the driver reaches his or her 18th birthday), no passengers under the age of 20 are allowed in the provisional license holder?s vehicle unless a licensed driver age 25 or older is present.
For the first 12 months, the new driver needs to be accompanied by a driver 25 years of age or older if teenager is driving between the hours of 11 P.M. and 5 A.M. or if the driver is transporting passengers under the age of 20.

A full-privilege license may be granted after the driver successfully undergoes the first two steps for the proper amount of time and there are no outstanding DMV or court-ordered restrictions, suspensions, or probations on the driver?s record.

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kcashxyz7 30.07.2009. 11:04

How do I get a drivers license? I'm 16 and live in Michigan, I have not yet taken drivers training yet. I've read that over in Michigan you can get a restricted license at age 16 and 6 months, and full time license at age 17. What is the difference between restricted and regular license. Also if I wait till 17 do I still have to get a drivers permit?

kcashxyz7

Admin 30.07.2009. 11:04

Yes, regardless of age the order is permit which allows you to practice with another experienced driver, and then a license once you are capable of passing the test.

http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1627_8669_8998---,00.html is the overview for those under age 18.

Applying for a Standard Graduated Driver License
Level 1 Learner's License Eligibility
To be eligible for a Level 1 Learner's License, applicants must:

Present acceptable documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal presence, identity and Michigan residency
Be at least 14 years 9 months old
Pass a vision test
Provide their Social Security number or letter of ineligibility
Meet physical and mental standards as prescribed by the Secretary of State
Successfully complete Segment 1 of an approved driver education program and present a Segment 1 Certificate of Completion
Have a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult sign the Level 1 application
Level 2 Intermediate License Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for a Level 2 Intermediate License, applicants must:

Present a Level 1 Learner's License and proof of U.S. citizenship or legal presence.
Be at least 16 years old
Pass a vision test
Meet physical and mental standards as prescribed by the Secretary of State
Have possessed a Level 1 Learner's License for not less than 6 months
Must have successfully completed Segment 2 of an approved driver education program and present a Segment 2 Certificate of Completion
Pass a driving skills test and present a Driving Skills Test Certificate
Have no convictions or civil infractions, license suspensions, or at-fault crashes for the 90-day period immediately prior to applying for a Level 2 Intermediate License
Have a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult sign the application to certify the 50 hours behind-the-wheel experience
Level 3 Full License Eligibility
To be eligible for a Level 3 Full License, applicants must:

Be at least 17 years old
Complete at least six months at Level 2
Complete 12 consecutive months without a moving violation, an accident in which a moving violation resulted, an accident, a license suspension, or a violation of the graduated license restrictions (may be six months at Level 1 and six months at Level 2, if consecutive)
A new Level 3 license is created and mailed from Lansing using the electronic image on file (obtained at Level 2). This license is issued at no-fee to the applicant. A teen will automatically advance to a Level 3 License provided he or she is age 17, has met all driving requirements, and has parental authorization. This authorization is granted when the parent or legal guardian signs for the teen's Level 2 License.

Applying for an Enhanced Graduated Driver License
In addition to the requirements above, you may apply for an enhanced GDL at Level 2 with parental approval if:

Eligibility:

You are a U.S. citizen and a Michigan resident
You have no violations, suspensions, revocations or denials on your driving record that would prevent you from legally operating a motor vehicle
To apply:

You must visit a Secretary of State office authorized to issue the enhanced license and ID card. Before visiting a branch office, make sure you have documentation of:
A valid Social Security number (for example, a Social Security card)
U.S. citizenship (for example, your original certified birth certificate)
Identity (for example, a photo ID. If the young driver does not have acceptable photo ID, a parent or guardian must present their driver's license or ID and sign for their child.)
Residency (for example, high school records or transcripts. Residency documents in a family member's name may be used if the family relationship can be established by other forms of documented proof.)
Please refer to the Documents Required for an Enhanced License or ID form for a complete list of acceptable documentation.
Have a new photograph taken
Pay $45 for the standard enhanced license. There are additional fees for a chauffeur license, Commercial Driver License designations and endorsements or motorcycle endorsement.
All documentation is subject to Department of State approval. In some cases, document approval may not occur in the same day and may require an additional visit.

Once you complete the enhanced license application process, you will be issued a Temporary Operator's Permit to drive. The operator's permit does not qualify as a secure document for border-crossing purposes. Your enhanced license is valid for up to four years and should arrive in the mail within two to three weeks.

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Katie 05.09.2011. 18:31

what is the new driving law for michigan first year drivers? i jsut got my license and i need to know what the rules are for me and what my restrictions are.

Katie

Admin 05.09.2011. 18:31

This article has all of the information.}{
Level 1 Learner's License Eligibility
To be eligible for a Level 1 Learner's License, applicants must:

Present acceptable documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal presence, identity and Michigan residency
Be at least 14 years 9 months old
Pass a vision test
Provide their Social Security number or letter of ineligibility
Meet physical and mental standards as prescribed by the Secretary of State
Successfully complete Segment 1 of an approved driver education program and present a Segment 1 Certificate of Completion
Have a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult sign the Level 1 application

Level 2 Intermediate License Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for a Level 2 Intermediate License, applicants must:

Present a Level 1 Learner's License and proof of U.S. citizenship or legal presence.
Be at least 16 years old
Pass a vision test
Meet physical and mental standards as prescribed by the Secretary of State
Have possessed a Level 1 Learner's License for not less than 6 months
Must have successfully completed Segment 2 of an approved driver education program and present a Segment 2 Certificate of Completion
Pass a driving skills test and present a Driving Skills Test Certificate
Have no convictions or civil infractions, license suspensions, or at-fault crashes for the 90-day period immediately prior to applying for a Level 2 Intermediate License
Have a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult sign the application to certify the 50 hours behind-the-wheel experience

Level 3 Full License Eligibility
To be eligible for a Level 3 Full License, applicants must:

Be at least 17 years old
Complete at least six months at Level 2
Complete 12 consecutive months without a moving violation, an accident in which a moving violation resulted, an accident, a license suspension, or a violation of the graduated license restrictions (may be six months at Level 1 and six months at Level 2, if consecutive)

A new Level 3 license is created and mailed from Lansing using the electronic image on file (obtained at Level 2). This license is issued at no-fee to the applicant. A teen will automatically advance to a Level 3 License provided he or she is age 17, has met all driving requirements, and has parental authorization. This authorization is granted when the parent or legal guardian signs for the teen's Level 2 License.

Applying for an Enhanced Graduated Driver License
In addition to the requirements above, you may apply for an enhanced GDL at Level 2 with parental approval if:

Eligibility:

You are a U.S. citizen and a Michigan resident
You have no violations, suspensions, revocations or denials on your driving record that would prevent you from legally operating a motor vehicle

To apply:

Visit any Secretary of State office. Make sure you bring documentation of:
A valid Social Security number (for example, a Social Security card)
U.S. citizenship (for example, a certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised seal, must be issued by a governmental unit in the U.S. or U.S. territory)
Identity (for example, a photo ID. If the young driver does not have acceptable photo ID, a parent or guardian must present their driver's license or ID and sign for their child.)
Residency (for example, high school records or transcripts. Residency documents in a family member's name may be used if the family relationship can be established by other forms of documented proof.)
Please refer to the Documents Required for an Enhanced License or ID form for a complete list of acceptable documentation.
Have a new photograph taken
Pay $45 for the standard enhanced license. There are additional fees for a chauffeur license, Commercial Driver License designations and endorsements or motorcycle endorsement.

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