Alabama is one of the states with graduated driver licensing. The idea is to force young people to build up experience on the roads before they are allowed to drive unsupervised at all times of the day and night. The statistics show fewer young people are involved in accidents in states with GDL in place. Under the Graduated Driver License Act of 2010, young drivers under the age of eighteen who have not held a valid driver’s license for at least six months, must put in a minimum of thirty-hours practice with supervision. This fact must be certified by a parent, legal guardian, or an approved driving instructor. Alternatively, the young person must have completed an SDE-approved driver education course. The process breaks down into the following stages:
Learner’s Permit The applicant must be at least fifteen-years-old and have passed a written examination with questions about the Alabama Driver Manual. This allows young drivers the chance to get behind the wheel when accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or an adult who is at least twenty-one-years old.
Restricted License is available to anyone who has reached the age of sixteen, has their parent or legal guardian’s permission to drive without supervision, and has passed a road skills examination. Drivers holding this license cannot drive unaccompanied at night and cannot have more than one non-family member as a passenger. It’s also a criminal offense to use any handheld device while driving. The license will be suspended if the driver is caught or the restricted period can be extended by six months. If a driver get four or more points on the license, it’s automatically suspended for sixty days.
Unrestricted License is available to anyone over the age of seventeen who has held a Restricted License for six or more months.