The Graduated Driver License (GDL) program was implemented January 1, 2002 to give new drivers the chance to improve their driving skills over time in lower-risk environments.

Phase One

Individuals who are under 18 years of age must hold a valid learner license or a minor restricted driver license (MRDL) for a minimum of six months prior to the issuance of a provisional Class A, B or C driver license. Under the GDL program, there is not a minimum time a person must hold a restricted motorcycle or moped license before he/she can apply for a Class M license.

If the individual’s license is suspended during Phase One, then the initial six-month period is extended by the number of days of the suspension because the license is invalid during that time.  NOTE: Phase One does not apply to Class M or MRDL holders.

Phase Two

Phase Two restricts the driving privileges of individuals who are under 18 years of age during the 12-month period following the issuance of an original Class A, B, C or M driver license (provisional license).

These individuals may not drive a motor vehicle:

  1. With more than one passenger in the vehicle under the age of 21 who is not a family member.

  2. Between midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless the operation of the vehicle is necessary for the driver to work, to attend or participate in a school-related activity, or due to a medical emergency.

Individuals who are under 18 years of age and obtained their driver license on or after September 1, 2009 are restricted from using a wireless communication device, including a hands-free device, until they reach the age of 18, except in the case of an emergency.

Completing the GDL Program


A provisional license will have a GDL completion date printed on the license and will state the following: TRC 545.424 applies until mm/dd/yy (month/date/year).

Once the GDL program is completed, these rules no longer apply but the license is still marked “provisional” until the individual turns 18.