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Get a Drivers License in New Jersey

First-time drivers who are at least 17 years old must complete the supervised driving period without any suspensions or postponements. Then, to apply for a New Jersey driver's license you must:

A) Make an Appointment

Make an appointment online to take the road test and get your probationary drivers license. If you are 18 years old or older and already have a probationary license, skip to part C for info on getting your basic drivers license.

B) Take the Road Test

On test day, you must:

C) Get Your New Jersey Driver's License

Your age will determine what kind of license the state issues you.

Probationary License

Teens 17 years and older will receive a probationary license. It comes with specific requirements and restrictions you must follow for at least 12 months. Then you have to return to the NJ MVC after this period to get a basic driver’s license.

Basic Driver’s License

If you are at least 18 years old and already hold a probationary license, you can upgrade to a basic drivers license by:

  • Completing the unsupervised driving period
  • Gathering you provisional license and documents to pass the 6 Point ID and Address Verification process
  • Visiting any New Jersey MVC agency with the proper fees

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