To give Alabama teens the opportunity to safely practice their driving skills before becoming independent, the Alabama Department of Public Safety set up a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program. This program enables teens to earn their licenses in stages with driving restrictions imposed until they earn a full unrestricted license.
There are three main stages to the Alabama GDL program: learner license, restricted license, and unrestricted/regular driver’s license.
After you pass the driving test and get your restricted driver’s license, you must hold the license for a minimum of six months and when you reach 17 years you can apply for a Stage III unrestricted driver’s license.
Once you reach 17 years old you can apply for your Unrestricted Driver’s License. The standard driver’s license fee in Alabama is $36.25.
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