How to Obtain a Driver's License

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The Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is still finalizing the requirements for the new driver’s licenses law that will expand access to all qualified residents regardless of immigration status. Please keep in mind that these rules might be updated in the next few months as the MVC makes its rules final. 

Note: If you are ages 16-20, please click here for more information. Select your age group.

If you are 21+, please read the instructions below. 

STEP 1: Prepare for the knowledge test and get your documents in order 

The first step is to study for the written exam and get you documents in order by choosing which documents you can use to prove 6 points of ID under the MVC 6 point system. 

What you need:

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STEP 2: Apply for an Examination Permit

The second step is to pass the written exam and get your learner's permit to practice driving.

BEFORE you go to the agency:

 

 

At the agency:

  • Submit the completed application form
  • Pay the $10 fee 
  • Pass the vision test
    • If you wear glasses/contacts, bring them. If you pass the vision test with them, you must drive with them.
  • Make an appointment for the knowledge test.
    • Because of COVID, there are limitations on the number of appointments.

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  • Pass the knowledge test and obtain a learner's permit. Now you can practice supervised driving to prepare for the road test and obtain a probationary license.

 

STEP 3: Practice Supervised Driving

The third step is to practice for the road test for three months.

  • You must be accompanied in the front seat by an adult supervising driver who is at least 21 years of age, and who possesses a valid New Jersey driver’s license, and has a minimum of three years driving experience.
  • IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 21, you must use license plate decals.
  • You cannot use cell phones, handheld video games or any other interactive, wireless device, whether it is “hands-free” or not.
  • Seat belts must be worn at all times.

 

STEP 4: Pass the Road Test and Get Your Probationary License

The fourth step is to pass the road test and get a "probationary" license with special restrictions.

 

BEFORE you go to the agency for the road test:

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  • For the road test, you will need:
    • To bring your permit and the same 6 points of ID you used to obtain the permit.
    • An accompanying NJ driver over the age of 21 and with at least three years of driving experience
    • IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 21, bring license plate decals.
    • If you pass, the examiner will endorse your permit. If you fail, you must wait at least 14 days before retaking the test.

 

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AFTER you pass the road test, bring to the agency:

  • 6 Points of ID
  • Proof of address
  • Your learner’s permit (proof of successful road test)
  • $6 (credit, debit card, cash, check, or money order payable to NJMVC)

 

After they give you a probationary license, you must practice unsupervised driving for at least one year before you can obtain your full, unrestricted driver license.

 

STEP 5: Practice unsupervised driving for one year and get your Basic Driver's License

The final step is to keep practicing with your "probationary" license for one year.

 

AFTER one year of unsupervised driving, you can get your unrestricted driver's license. Bring to the agency:

  • 6 Points of ID
  • Proof of address
  • Your probationary license
  • An upgrade fee of $18* (credit, debit card, cash, check, or money order payable to NJ MVC)
    • *The new licenses law changes the fee for a driver's license to $18. This is expected to begin in January 2021. 
  • A printed and completed license application

 

Now you can get your full, unrestricted driver’s license!

 

 

For more information or questions, contact us at info@letsdrivenj.org.