New Jersey Guide to Learner's Permits & Driver's Licenses
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
New Jersey provides a structured pathway for individuals aiming to secure a learner's permit or driver's license. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) is the governing body that administers this process, ensuring all applicants meet the necessary criteria.
Driver Education Classes
In New Jersey, driver education classes are available in many high schools. Additionally, there are numerous licensed driving schools throughout the state. If you are enrolled in a behind-the-wheel driver training course, you can obtain a special learner's permit at age 16.
Initial Permit Steps
Make an appointment for a Permit.
Bring your documents and get your permit.
Make an appointment for a Knowledge Test.
Bring your documents and take your knowledge test.
A vision test is also required.
After passing the knowledge test, you can make an appointment for your road test. The practice period lasts for 6 months (or 3 months if you're over 21).
If you fail, you can re-test in 14 days.
If you pass, your permit will be stamped, and you can proceed to the next step.
Probationary Driver's License
You can either get your Probationary Driver's License at the location of your road test or at any Licensing Center with your stamped permit and your documents.
Supervised and Unsupervised Driving Rules
Supervised driving requires the presence of an adult supervising driver with at least 21 years of age and a minimum of three years driving experience.
Unsupervised driving prohibits the use of cell phones, handheld video games, or any other interactive, wireless device.
Upgrading Your License
Practice unsupervised driving for 1 year, then upgrade your probationary license to a basic license online.
The NJMVC can be reached via phone, email, or through their website for any queries or concerns you may have.
New Jersey offers a well-organized system for obtaining a learner's permit or driver's license. With a range of online services and clear guidelines, the state ensures a smooth and efficient process for all applicants.