Recent research suggests that graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws have been disparate in their safety benefit among Latinos teens. We are addressing that concern by examining factors that appear to be leading Latino teens to delay driving licensure (DDL), assessing how these factors are influenced by GDL laws, and evaluate whether these factors have an impact on Latino teens’ high rates of riding with impaired drivers (RWI), driving while impaired (DWI), and fatal crash involvement. We confirmed that Latino and African American teens are more likely to DDL than teens of other groups. Both socioeconomic and cultural (parenting) factors appear to contribute to DDL. Our analysis of crash data shows that, regardless of racial/ethnic background, novice drivers aged 18-20 who delayed their licensure were more likely to be involved in fatal DWI crashes than those who completed the GDL program. The results suggest: i) provide support to extend the GDL requirements through age 21; ii) the need to make GDL programs more sensitive to the needs of minority teens.