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Alabama Graduated Drivers License Law

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: 


Have more than one non-family passenger other than the parent, guardian, or supervising licensed driver at least 21 years of age.


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.


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.

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