New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
Residents in New Jersey have two primary choices in driver education routes, and this article details some of the advantages and disadvantages of each of these routes. Along with this material, links to the most relevant and useful MVC web pages are provided to take you to the heart of the matter without your needing to wade through the New Jersey MVC website.
Each path to receiving a license is designed for a different age bracket. One of these is a process for people over 21 who are just beginning their driver training. We have omitted this process from the discussion because it is not competitive with the others for our readers.
One of the more competitive paths begins at age 16, and it is the earliest route to licensure. It begins with a student learner's permit. To receive a student learner's permit, teens require parental consent, proof of enrollment in a driver education course, as well as certification of attendance from their high school. They also require 4-point identification (for more details about what this means, read the section below entitled The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission's web tool). At 17, teens become eligible for a probationary license, which allows them to drive without supervision. One year later at 18, they qualify for a basic driver's license. For more details regarding the regulations and process of this means toward a driver's license in New Jersey, follow the link to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission webpage, the early bird road.
The second path begins at age 17, one year later than the first. Rather than starting with a learner's permit, 17-year-olds are given an examination permit. This functions in the same way as a learner's permit, but it requires a different assortment of documentation. The examination permit requires 6-point identification, as opposed to 4. In order to qualify, applicants need to verify residence in New Jersey. The examination certificate requires neither parental consent nor certification of attendance. Six months later, student drivers become eligible for their probationary license, and one year later at 18 and a half, are ready for the basic driver's license. While this method delays licensure by six months, the training period is shortened overall. This may make this route the best way for some students to get their license. For more details regarding the regulations and process of this means toward a driver's license, follow the link to the New Jersey MVC page, the young adult road.
Regardless of the path selected, student drivers will be required to pass knowledge, vision, and driving tests. The knowledge and vision tests will be administered when applying for the permit. The driving test will be administered when applying for the probationary license.
Restrictions during the Probationary Period
For the year-long probationary license, student drivers are prohibited from driving after 11 p.m. and before 5 a.m. Additionally, only one passenger is allowed in the vehicle unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.New Jersey Driver Manual, Online
Prepare for the written examination by reading, reviewing, and studying the laws of the road.
New Jersey Driving School List
Use this link to locate and contact the driving schools in your area.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission's Web Tool for Determining 6-point ID Verification Documents
Use this link and follow the directions to decide what documents you or your teenager may use to properly authenticate themselves when applying for a driver's license or permit. Those who only need 4-point identification do not need to complete the proof of residence component.
Last Updated: 04/18/2018