How to Apply for a New Drivers License in New Jersey
A drivers license in New Jersey is required for anyone looking to drive on state roads. Although visitors can drive with their out-of-state licenses, new residents only have 30 days to transfer their licenses at the New Jersey DMV. As well, the process of getting a new DMV license in New Jersey is different for adults and minors, with minors being required to get a permit. Both processes are explained in this article.
Below you will learn all that you need to go about getting a New Jersey DMV drivers license. This includes what the eligibility requirements are, what documents you need to bring, how much it costs and more.
How to Apply for a Drivers License in New Jersey as an Adult (18 or Older)
Learn how to get a drivers license in New Jersey if you are at least 18 years old. Applicants who are at least 21 years old can learn how they may be able to waive the written and skills tests.
In order to get a new drivers license in New Jersey, you need to be a legal resident of the United States. As well, you do not need to be a citizen, but you must legally be in the US. All adults are legally above the minimum age required for getting a license. The first step to getting your drivers license in New Jersey is going to the DMV office.
When determining where to get your drivers license in New Jersey, you will want to account for the hours that the office is open for. These hours vary, so you will need to contact your office ahead of time. New Jersey does not allow you to get your drivers license online or book an appointment for a normal visit, but you are able to schedule your skills test ahead of time.
If you have not previously held a license in another state, you will first need to get a learner’s permit in New Jersey. To get the permit, you must fill out a form and provide several forms of documentation. The New Jersey driving application is not available online, which means you will have to fill it out in-person when you arrive at the office. This application will ask you to provide basic information about yourself, such as your name, birth date and Social Security Number.
Along with the form, you will also need to submit three official documents. These will be used to prove your identity and residence. Typical documents include birth certificates, Social Security Cards and Employee ID cards. The New Jersey drivers license requirements are designed to make your license compliant with Homeland Security’s REAL ID program.
If your ID is compliant, it will have a star in the upper right-hand corner. This means you can use your license for federal identification purposes. If your license states “Not for Federal Identification,” you will need to use a valid US passport instead. Although a passport can be used in place of a REAL ID, a REAL ID cannot be used in place of a passport.
Once you have submitted all the necessary documentation, there are two tests you will need to take:
- Written Test
- Eye Exam
Once you have taken these tests, you will be able to get your permit. If you are less than 21 years old, you will need to hold the permit for six months. Drivers who are at least 21 years old will only need to drive for three months. After that point, you will need to schedule your skills test. You can do so online.
Examination permits cost $10, no matter your age.
Getting a New Jersey Drivers License as a New Resident
What do you need to get your drivers license in New Jersey if you already have a license in another state? If you are less than 21 years old, you will not be able to transfer your license. Instead, you will need to go through the permit process listed above.
If you are at least 21 years old, you will be able to transfer your license for $10. You will not need to take the written or skill tests, but you will still need to provide proof of your identity. You have 30 days from the initial declaration of your residency to get a New Jersey license.
How to Apply for a Drivers License in New Jersey as a Teen (Younger Than 18)
Drivers license information in New Jersey is different for minors and adults. Although both need to provide the DMV with at least three documents proving their identity and residency, minors have extra requirements placed on them. Learn about driver’s education, age requirements and more below.
You can get a New Jersey drivers license once you have turned 17 and you have held your permit for at least six months. If you want to get an examination permit when you are 16, you need to be enrolled in a drivers education course. You must be a resident of New Jersey who is authorized to be in America.
Educational driving license services in New Jersey are designed for 16 year olds who want to get their license as quickly as possible. Although individuals aged 17 and up may be able to enroll in a driving school, it is only required for 16 year olds who want a student learner’s permit. The state DMV provides a list of certified driving schools, but all of the state’s driving schools are run by private businesses. You must be enrolled in a driver’s course before you can get your permit.
In order to apply for a drivers license in New Jersey as a minor, you need to have a permit. 16 year olds can get a student learner’s permit, while 17 year olds will get an examination permit. You will not need an appointment. Both application processes require you to bring at least three documents. The application needs to be filled out at the office.
You will also be required to pass:
- A knowledge exam
- An eye exam
Both permits cost $10.
You must be at least 17 years old to get a license. As well, you need to have your permit for at least six months. Once you have fulfilled these drivers license eligibility requirements, you will be able to get your license. To do so, you will need to set up an appointment for your skills test. You will need your permit validation number to do so.
New Jersey Drivers License Costs
Drivers license cost in New Jersey will vary based on whether you have previously held a New Jersey permit or an out-of-state license.
The costs are as follows:
- An examination permit costs $10.
- A probationary license costs $6.
- Transferring your out-of-state license to a New Jersey license costs $10.
- The cost of upgrading your permit to a license is $19.50.