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Frequently Asked Questions - Applying For Your NJ License

No. A physical is not required.
Yes. The MVC conducts a vision test for you when you apply for your permit. You must receive at least a 20/50 acuity with or without corrective lenses.
Once you have passed successfully your road test, you will have your license taken at the MVC office.
A straight face is easier to process and distinguish. Since your driver's license photo is used to identify you, the MVC and the police want to reduce fraud or identify theft by making it more difficult to impersonate you. Better facial recognition technology is developing every day, but until then it's recommended that you keep a straight face in your photo.
A parent, legal guardian or a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older and who possesses a valid driver's license, should accompany you to your NJ permit test.
To apply four your NJ Driver's permit, you must be at least 16 years old.
When you apply for NJ Driver's Permit, you will need to bring the $10 fee, a primary and secondary ID, your Social Security Number and proof of your address. These documents must total 6 points on New Jersey's verification scale. Visit this website for more information about acceptable documents: http://www.nj.gov/mvc/Licenses/DocumentSelector/index.htm.
You can apply for your NJ Permit at your local Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) office. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://www.nj.gov/mvc/