✅ Updated September 2020

Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver license at the New Jersey DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need to Get your New Jersey DMV Driver License

You'll need the following documents to get your New Jersey driver's license:

  • Completed Auto Permit Application (Form BA-412C) (not available online)
  • Completed Auto License Application (Form BA-208) (not available online)
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship OR legal presence in U.S.
  • Payment for required fees
    • $10 for Examination Permit fee
    • $4 for reflective license plate decals
    • $6 for probationary license fee
    • Pro-rated upgrade fee for Class D license

 

New Jersey DMV Driver License: What You’ll Do

  • Step 1: Take online practice exams to prepare for the written test
  • Step 2: Visit your nearest MVC office to apply for your Examination Permit (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Pass the written test
    • Pass the vision test
    • Submit payment
    • Receive your Examination Permit (validated for driving practice) and reflective decals for your vehicle’s license plates
  • Step 3: Practice driving for at least 3 months (6 months if you are under age 21)
    • Be accompanied by a licensed driver with at least 3 years of driving experience
    • Wear your seat belt
    • Display the reflective decals on your license plates
    • Do not drive between the hours of 11pm - 5am (if under age 21)
  • Step 4: Visit your nearest MVC office to apply for your probationary driver’s license (optional: make an appointment!)
  • Step 5: Practice driving unsupervised for at least 1 year
    • Wear your seat belt
    • Only transport passengers who are parents, legal guardians, or dependents (no more than 1 passenger is allowed unless a parent or guardian is present)
    • Display the reflective decals on your license plates
    • Do not drive between the hours of 11pm - 5am (if under age 21)
  • Step 6: Visit your nearest MVC office to apply for your Class D driver’s license (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Submit the required documents & ID (including your probationary driver’s license)
    • Have your photo taken
    • Submit payment
    • Receive a temporary driver’s license
  • Step 7: Receive your Class D driver’s license via U.S. mail

Caveats and Exceptions to Getting your New Jersey Driver License

  • Under age 18?  Then you will need to adhere to the Graduated Driver's License program, which requires first obtaining a Learner’s Permit plus provisional driver’s licenses.

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