New drivers, including teen drivers under Graduated Driver
Licensing, are placed on probation for a minimum of three years. The
probationary period is a way for the Secretary of State to monitor the driving
performance of new drivers. Although probation is a separate program from
GDL, the objective of both programs is to help young drivers reduce their crash
risk and drive safely.
Each traffic violation entered on your driver record
during probation will result in a contact by the Secretary of State.
Because probationary drivers who receive tickets are at a high risk of being
involved in a crash, these contacts will become progressively more severe in
response to continued unsafe driving. These contacts range from warning letters
to a driver assessment reexamination. At a driver assessment
reexamination, a combination of restrictions and suspension may be imposed on
your license. The purpose of these contacts is to encourage safer driving
and reduce the risk of a traffic crash. Probationary licensing controls
will also extend the time a young driver holds a GDL Level 1 or 2 license.
Probationary drivers must complete the last ten months of
probation with no unsafe driving events, such as traffic convictions, at-fault
crashes or suspensions. If an unsafe driving event occurs in the last ten
months of probation, the probationary period is extended until the driver
completes 10 consecutive months without an incident.
The first two years after probation are called post
probation. You are subject to a driver assessment reexamination during
this time if you have nine or more points or an alcohol-related ticket or
crash, or other at-fault crash.
Points placed on your driver record during probation or
post probation are not automatically erased when probation and post probation
end. Points remain on your driving record for two years from the
Your Probationary License brochure