New Jersey Driver’s License & Permit FAQ
How Can I Apply for my NJ Driver’s License? Frequently Asked Questions
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What age can I apply for my permit in New Jersey?The state of New Jersey allows you to apply for your learner’s permit as early as age 16.
What documents do I need to bring when applying for my license in New Jersey?Besides the $10 permit fee, you are required to bring documents that will verify your identity. When you go to apply for your permit, you must supply documents that equal 4 points on the verification scale. These will be documents such as a birth certificate or US passport. Once you get ready to take the road test, you must supply documents that equal 6 points on the verification scale. The 6 point ID verification documents must meet 4 requirements:
- A Primary ID
- A Secondary ID
- A Verifiable Social Security Number
- Proof of Address
Where do I go to apply for my driver’s license in NJ?When you’re ready to apply for your license, go to your local Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) office to begin.
How do I contact the nearest NJ MVC office?The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission welcomes all inquiries. Just call 888-486-3339 or go online to http://www.nj.gov/mvc/.
Who needs to bring me for my permit test in NJ?A licensed driver age 21 or older should bring you.
Is a physical required to get a permit in NJ?No physical is needed when getting a permit in New Jersey. The MVC medical unit only steps in when it is necessary to examine those who have particular medical issues that may cause a threat to other drivers on the road.
Is a vision test required when applying for the NJ driver’s license?Of course it is. You must take a vision test at the MVC office and score 20/50 acuity in at least one eye with or without glasses/contacts. If you fail the test, you will have to visit your eye doctor and have him or her fill out Form ST-14.
Where can I get a photo for my NJ driver’s license taken?There’s only one place you will be allowed to take a driver’s license picture and that is at the MVC office.
What colors should I avoid wearing when taking picture for my license?There are no colors you should avoid. Wear what ever color you like!
Do I need to put up hair when taking driver’s license photo?You may wear your hair the same way you would normally wear it; however, it should not be covering your face or your eyes. The purpose of the photo is to be able to identify who you really are. Besides, you would not want to hide that amazing face!
What make-up to wear when I get my NJ driver’s license picture taken?Wear your normal make-up; however, the less make-up the better. As long as you are not wearing so much make-up to where you are unrecognizable, you will be fine!
Why is it best not to smile when taking your drivers license picture?Some states are moving towards face recognition technology that will be able to uniquely identify each individual. A straight face on the photo helps distinguish who you really are. This is all in an effort to stop fraud.
What are some tips for getting the best out of the driver’s license picture?Look straight into the camera and keep a calm and relaxed face!
I have already applied for my New Jersey license, what do I do next?If you have already applied for your license that means you have your permit. If that is the case, your next step will depend on your age:
- If you are 16:
You must hold your learner’s permit for at least 6 months. During this time, you may only drive with a licensed driver age 21 or older in the car with you. You should also be enrolled in a driving school. If after 6 months you are ready to move forward and you have reached the age of 17, you may apply for a probationary license.
- If you are 17 or older:
You must wait at least 6 months after receiving your permit before you may schedule a road test. Once you obtain your probationary license, you are required to have it for at least 1 year. During this time, you’re under restricted but unsupervised driving. You must display a reflectionized decal on your front and back license plate. You aren’t allowed to drive with more than one person in the car under 21 and you may not drive between the hours of 5am and 11pm.
- If you are 16:
I have a question that’s not answered above. What do I do?If you can’t find the answer to your question above, please use our Beginner Driver Q & A Section to get a professional answer from our experts! If you need any further assistance, you’re welcome to contact us directly at email@example.com.
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