New Jersey Drivers License - NJ Learners Permit
Want to obtain your first New Jersey Drivers License or Learners Permit and do not know where to start? Start by reading this “How to obtain a drivers license or a learners permit in New Jersey guide” first. Make sure you are prepared before you go to the Motor Vehicle Commission.
How to Start with the NJ Drivers License
This really depends on how old the New Jersey drivers license applicant is at the moment. If you are under 17 years of age, you have to start by taking a certified driver’s education program either at a public school or at one of the local driving schools. Unfortunately, the MVC does not certify online drivers ed programs, so you will not be able to complete it over the internet. If you are 17 years old or older, you are not legally required to take a drivers ed course, however, it may still be a good idea to do so before you go in for your learner’s permit test and apply for the learners permit.
Application for the Learners Permit - Learner’s Permit Written Test
All New Jersey learners permit applicants have to complete a written exam that tests their knowledge of traffic rules and road signs. You may wish to take our free online practice permit tests to make sure you are ready for the real test at the MVC.
The MVC in NJ may issue two types of permits, depending on your age - New Jersey Student Learner Permit and New Jersey Examination permit. Both permits allow you to drive a vehicle, however, both of them have certain restrictions. You can read more about NJ student learners permit restrictions or NJ examination permit restrictions.
Applying for NJ Provisional License
One you have held the permit for the required period of time and have fulfilled all other requirements, you may apply for the New Jersey Provisional license. Provisional license has less restrictions then the learner’s permit, but it still poses certain limitations to the driver. You may obtain a regular drivers license once you have held the provisional drivers license for a minimum period of 12 months.