Obtaining A New New Jersey Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in New Jersey? The Driver Services Department (DMV) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

When applying for a new drivers license in New Jersey, you will need to complete several exams, provide documents and more. You will need to complete the following when getting a new drivers license: 

  • Decide which category of New Jersey Driver License Test you should apply for: The Early Bird Procedure, The Young Adult Procedure and the Adult Procedure. Deciding which test to take depends on the driver’s age. Those who are 16 years of age may apply for the Early Bird procedure, between 17 and 20 for the young adult procedure, and over the age of 20 for the adult procedure.
  • Visit your local New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission office
  • Receive your probationary license, allowing you to practice driving unsupervised for one year.
  • Submit your probationary license after at least one full year.
  • Submit documents complying with the state’s Six-Point ID Verification Procedure.
  • Submit payment for the state’s $24 four-year license fee.

New Jersey Drivers License Preliminary Requirements

Before getting obtaining a probationary and basic New Jersey drivers license, you will have to hold an examination permit. In order to get an examination permit, you will have to:

  • Study the manual provided by the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles and pass the written exam.
  • Pass a vision test
  • Clear the Six-Point ID Verification Procedure.
  • Submit payment for the required fees.

New Jersey Drivers License Graduated Program and Probationary License

After receiving your examination license, you are required to spend at least three months practicing your driving under the supervision of a licensed driver. After this time, you may apply for a probationary license, which allows for restricted, but unsupervised driving. After driving safely for one year, you may make an appointment to take the MVC road test. When you pass the road test, you will receive your basic drivers license in New Jersey, which is valid for four years.

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating from another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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