This Step: Practice Driving
Practice Driving in New Jersey
A) Get On the Road
Whether you have a New Jersey student learner’s permit or an examination permit, you must practice supervised driving for at least six months (or three months if you are 21 or older). The same restrictions apply to both during this phase:
- You must display a reflectorized decal on the front and back license plates
- You can’t drive after 11:01 p.m. and before 5:00 a.m.
- You must always drive with an adult supervising driver in the front seat (this person must be at least 21 years old with a valid New Jersey driver’s license and a minimum of three years driving experience)
- The only passengers you can drive with include parents, guardians and dependents (a dependent is a permit or probationary driver's child, not siblings)
- You can only have one additional passenger unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
- You can't use cell phones, hand-held video games or any other hands-free interactive, wireless communication device
- Seat belts are a must at all times
For more on GDL exemptions (hours, employment, religious, etc.), visit the state site.
B) Get Parent or Guardian Certification of Practice Hours
To keep track of your hours, maintain a driver log like the one offered by the state. Scroll down toward the bottom of the PDF to see the log sheet covering time of day, road conditions, skills and duration. There's even a place for your parent or guardian to initial.