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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying For Your NJ License
  • Preparing For Your NJ Permit Test
  • Taking Your NJ Permit Test
  • Preparing For Your NJ Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your NJ Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed The NJ Driving Exam
  • Renewing Your NJ Driver's License
  • What If I Am Moving To NJ Or Just Visiting
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Applying For Your NJ License
At what age am I eligible to apply for my NJ Permit?
To apply four your NJ Driver's permit, you must be at least 16 years old.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I apply for my NJ license?
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.
Where can I go to apply for my driver's license in NJ?
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/
Does anyone need to accompany me to my NJ permit test?
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.
Do I need to get a physical before I get my NJ permit?
No. A physical is not required.
Do I need to take a vision test to obtain my NJ permit?
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.
Where can I get my license photo taken?
Once you have passed successfully your road test, you will have your license taken at the MVC office.
Why can't I smile in my photo?
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.
Preparing For Your NJ Permit Test
Is there anything in particular that I need to know for my NJ permit test?
For your NJ permit test, you should be familiar with the NJ Driver's Manual. Reading the entire manual will give you the best chance of passing successfully the NJ Permit Test. By the time you take your NJ Permit Test, you should be able to recall traffic laws and be familiar with all road signs.
Do I need to complete a Driver's Education course to be eligible for a NJ permit?
If you are 16 years old, which is considered an "early bird" driver, you must be able to demonstrate proof that you are enrolled in a Driver's Education course when you apply.
Where can I get a NJ Driver's manual?
You can find NJ Driver's Manual by visiting the official NJ MVC website: http://www.nj.gov/mvc/.
Are there any chapters of the MVC manual that I can just skip?
To be safe, you should be familiar with the entire NJ Driver's Manual.
How many questions are on the NJ Permit Test?
There are 50 Road Test questions on the NJ Permit Test. You must answer at least 40 questions correctly in order to pass i.e. you need a score of 80% at least.
Where do I take my NJ permit test?
You can take your NJ permit test at your local MVC office. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://www.nj.gov/mvc/
Is there anything I should do the night before my permit test?
The night before your permit test, you want to review all of your notes. Don't try to cram the night before your test. It's better to test yourself on the information you have studied and get a good night's rest.
Taking Your NJ Permit Test
Where can I take my NJ permit test?
You should take your NJ permit test at your local MVC office. You can find a list of available MVC offices in your area by visiting this website: http://www.nj.gov/mvc/
When am I eligible to get my NJ permit?
You have to be at least 16 years old to take the NJ permit test.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I apply for my NJ license?
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.
Does anyone need to accompany me to my NJ permit test?
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.
What kind of questions should I expect for the NJ permit test?
There are 50 Road Test questions on the NJ Permit Test. You must answer at least 40 questions correctly in order to pass i.e. you need a score of 80% at least.
What do I need to pass the NJ permit test?
You must answer at least 40 out of 50 questions correctly in order to pass i.e. you need a score of 80% at least.
Is the NJ permit test difficult?
The NJ permit test is most difficult for applicants who do not study. To give yourself the best chance of passing your NJ permit test successfully, you should study the NJ Driver's manual.
Is the NJ permit test open book?
No. The NJ permit test is not an open book test. Under no circumstances are you allowed to use your NJ Driver's Manual or any other study guides during the exam.
Do I need to take a drug test before I can take my NJ permit test?
No. You do not required to take a drug test when applying for your learner's permit.
What happens if I fail my NJ permit test?
If you fail your NJ Permit Test, you will not receive your permit. You will be able to retake the test as early as you like, but don't rush retaking the NJ Permit Test if you have failed. You should retake your test after you've studied thoroughly and reread the entire NJ manual.
How long do I have to wait to retake the NJ permit test if I fail?
You are able to retake the test immediately. However, you shouldn't rush it. Before retaking the NJ permit test, make sure that you study thoroughly before trying again. If you fail the test three times, you will have to wait 6 months before you are able to try again.
What happens after I pass my NJ permit test?
After you pass your NJ Permit Test, you will have to wait 6 months before you can schedule your NJ Driving Exam. During that time, you should practice driving with a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older, accompanying you and sitting in the vehicle next to you. If you are 16 years old, you also need to attend a complete a Driving School course. Once the 6 months waiting period is over and you are at least 17, you may apply for your provisional license.
Preparing For Your NJ Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
I have my NJ permit. Does anyone need to be in the vehicle with me when I am driving?
A licensed driver who is 21 years old or older must be sitting next to you while you are driving.
Where can I drive in NJ with my permit?
You can practice driving anywhere with your valid NJ Learner's Permit as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. Additionally, you are not allowed to drive between the hours of 11 PM and 5 AM.
When can I apply to take my NJ road test?
After you have received your NJ permit, you must wait at least 6 months before taking your road test. During this time you should be practicing and developing your driving skills.
How should I practice for the NJ Driving Exam?
You should practice driving safely with a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older.
What skills should I develop before I take my Driving Exam?
The Driving Exam will test your ability to drive safely. Some skills you should develop include parallel parking, changing lanes effectively, accelerating smoothly and gradually, braking consistently and appropriately, yielding the right of way, passing other cars safely and other important everyday driving maneuvers..
What are some common mistakes drivers make on their NJ Driving Exams?
Applicants fail the NJ Driving Exam for many reasons, but there are some common mistakes that you should avoid committing. You should AVOID not coming to a complete stop, changing lanes improperly, checking your mirrors infrequently, parallel parking incorrectly, not using your signals and driving with only one hand on the wheel.
Where can I find more information about driving schools in New Jersey?
There are many driving schools in NJ. You can find more information by visiting the NJ MVC website: http://www.nj.gov/mvc/pdf/Licenses/drs.pdf
How can I schedule my NJ Driving Exam?
When you are ready to take your NJ Driving Exam you can visit the NJ MVC website and schedule your road test appointment online: http://www.nj.gov/mvc/.
Where do I go to take my driving test?
You will complete your NJ Driving Exam at your local MVC office.
Do I need to have a car for the NJ Driving Exam?
For the NJ Driving Exam, you need to supply your own vehicle that is in good working condition. The vehicle must be registered and insured and in good working condition.
Taking Your NJ Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Who needs to accompany me to my NJ Driving Exam?
A licensed driver who is 21 years old or older must accompany you to your NJ Driving Exam.
Are there any tips I should follow to ensure I pass my NJ Driving Exam?
The best way to pass your NJ Driving Exam is to practice driving safely. You should able to demonstrate to your examiner that you are skilled enough to drive alone. You should practice changing lanes properly, signaling effectively, accelerating smoothly and gradually.
What should I expect at the beginning of my NJ Driving Exam?
The examiner will first inspect your vehicle by checking your head lights, brake lights, car tag and your signal lights. If your car is in goo working conditions and meets NJ safety standards, the examiner will ask you to demonstrate the brakes, signal lights and windshield wipers. If you answer those questions successfully, then you will start your engine.
What should I expect during my NJ Driving Exam?
During your NJ Driving Exam, you will have to demonstrate that you know how to drive defensively, yield the right-of-way, stop at controlled and uncontrolled intersections, change lanes, back up, parallel park and many more practical driving skills.
Do I have to retake my written exam on the day of my NJ Driving Exam?
No. Once you have passed successfully your NJ written test, you do not need to pass the test again.
Who is allowed to be in the car with me during my NJ Driving Exam?
Only you and the examiner will be allowed in your vehicle during the Driving Exam. No one else is allowed.
Can I wear my contact lenses or glasses during my NJ Driving Exam?
Yes. You should wear contact lenses or glasses during your exam if that is what you normally use to see.
What if I fail my NJ Driving Exam?
If you fail your NJ Driving Exam, you will be able to retake the exam after a two week waiting period. However, you shouldn't rush retaking your exam. Before retaking the exam, study and practice thoroughly. Pay attention to what your examiner indicates as your weaknesses and work upon improving your driving skills. If you fail the NJ Driving Exam twice, you may be required to wait at least 6 months before you take the exam again.
After You Have Passed The NJ Driving Exam
What happens after I pass successfully my NJ Driving Exam?
After you have passed your NJ Driving Exam, you will be issued an authorization slip. You will take this authorization slip, your NJ Learner's Permit and identification documents to an MVC agency. You will receive your license at the MVC agency.
If I'm under 20 are there restrictions on my license after I obtain it?
Yes. If you are under 20, you will receive a probationary license, which you should maintain for at least a year. During this probationary year, you should practice driving unsupervised. You are not allowed to use hand held device while you are driving, and you are not allowed to drive between 12 AM and 5 AM. Additionally, both of your licenses will need to have a GDL decal.
What do I need to be able to get NJ car insurance for the first time?
The answer to this question varies. Generally, you will need your license and information about the vehicle you are insuring (i.e. the VIN number, year, make and model).
How much does car insurance cost?
The cost of car insurance varies depending on various factors like your age, how many people will be on your policy, what type of car you will drive, your driving record and the insurance company you choose. Make sure to research your options so that you can find the best car insurance for you.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers?
New drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident statistically so insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Renewing Your NJ Driver's License
What do I need to renew my NJ Driver's License?
The state of NJ requires drivers renew their licenses in person. In order to renew your license, you will need to visit your local MVC office during their hours of operation. You should bring with you the $24 renewal fee and acceptable identification documents. You can find more information about what identification documents are acceptable by visiting this website: http://www.nj.gov/mvc/Licenses/DocumentSelector/index.htm.
Do I need to retake any tests when I renew my NJ Driver's License?
No. You do not have to redo the NJ Written Exam or your eye exam when you go to renew your license.
What If I Am Moving To NJ Or Just Visiting
Do I need to pass the NJ Driving Exam when I move to New Jersey from another state?
If you possess a valid NJ Driver's license from another state, you do not need to take the NJ Driving Exam. You have 60 days to replace your out-of-state license with a New Jersey State Driver's License. To do this you will need to visit a local MVC office with legal documents that pass the 6 point identity and address verification. For more information about acceptable documents visit this website: http://www.nj.gov/mvc/Licenses/DocumentSelector/index.htm.
Are out-of-state permits accepted?
No. Out-of-state permits are not recognized by New Jersey. You will need to obtain a NJ Permit. If you are 16, you will also need to attend and complete a driver's training course.
How long can I drive in New Jersey with my out-of-state license?
If you plan to become a New Jersey resident, you have 60 days to apply for your New Jersey State license. If you do not plan to become a resident, then you are fine to drive with your out-of-state license as long as it is not suspended, revoked or expired.
Can I drive in New Jersey with my out-of-country license?
Yes. You may drive in NJ with your out-of-country license for a period of 12 months before you will need to apply for a NJ Driver's License.Question Category