Understanding Graduated Driver Licensing Laws

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Texas Graduated Driver License

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws are designed to reduce the high crash risk of young novice drivers by allowing them to safely gain driving experience while minimizing the highest risk situations. Nighttime driving and carrying other young passengers are particularly dangerous situations that GDL restricts while a new driver gains skills and experience.

The GDL law allows young drivers to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges. The Texas GDL law includes three phases:

  • Learner License Phase: Supervised driving, culminating with an on-the-road driving test
  • Provisional License Phase: Limiting number of passengers and nighttime driving
  • Full Privilege Stage: A standard driver license.
Why Do I Need a Gradual Start to Driving?

This video will provide an entertaining and quick look at the Graduated Driver Licensing safety regulations currently in place for the state of Texas. For more information about your state’s GDL safety regulations, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety’s GDL page or the Texas Department of Transportation’s GDL handout. Video Length – 5:34


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