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The early bird road

GDL requirement and restrictions

For drivers ages 16 and up, MVC offers a three-phase process:
Get a student learner's permit
  • Visit an MVC Agency that offers Driver Testing Services with a licensed driving instructor
  • Pass the knowledge test. You can study by reading MVC's Driver Manual
  • Pass the vision test
  • Bring a primary ID (Certified copy U.S. birth certificate with an offical seal, Unexpired US Passport, US Department of State birth certificate, US adoption papers, certificate of naturalization or certificate of citizenship)
  • Show proof of enrollment in a driver training course
  • Present a signed letter with parental or guardian consent
  • Pay fee
  • An approved course is six full hours of behind-the-wheel instruction in a dual-controlled vehicle. These hours are exclusive of time spent at the MVC for permit purchasing or testing. The instructor must purchase the permit, which is valid for two years.
  • Upon successful completion of an approved Driving School six hour behind-the-wheel course, the student learner must return to an MVC Agency, offering Driver Testing Services, to have their permit validated and to schedule their Road Test appointment. The permit must be validated prior to any supervised practice driving. 
  • If you are under the age of 21, your permit must be validated for 6 months prior to taking your road test.
  • Permits are valid for two years and must be carried when operating a vehicle
  • If your permit is lost or stolen, you must purchase a duplicate permit. A duplicate permit can be purchased by the parent/guardian of a 16 year old driver if the mandatory six (6) hours behind the wheel training was complete and the original permit was validated.

Practice supervised driving for at least six months

You must observe the following restrictions during the supervised driving period:
  • Display a reflectorized decal on each license plate (front/back); decals available at motor vehicle agencies, $4 per pair
  • No driving after 11:01 p.m. and before 5:00 a.m.
  • You must be accompanied in the front seat by an adult supervising driver who is at least 21 years of age and who possesses a valid New Jersey driver license and has a minimum of three years driving experience
  • Parent(s), guardian(s) or dependant(s) are allowed as passengers. A dependant is a permit or probationary driver's child, not siblings
  • Only one additional passenger is allowed 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 must be worn at all times
  • See GDL Exemptions for hours-related exemptions for employment or religious reasons

Get a probationary license
  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • Complete the supervised driving period
  • Pass the 6 point ID requirements
  • Pass MVC's road test
  • You must return after one year from date of issue to get a basic driver license

Practice unsupervised driving for at least one year

You must observe the following requirements and restrictions while driving with a probationary (formerly provisional) license:
  • Display a reflectorized decal on each license plate (front/back); decals available at motor vehicle agencies, $4 per pair
  • No driving after 11:01 p.m. and before 5:00 a.m.
  • Parent(s), guardian(s) or dependant(s) are allowed as passengers. A dependant is a permit or probationary driver's child, not siblings
  • Only one additional passenger is allowed 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 must be worn at all times
  • See GDL Exemptions for hours-related exemptions for employment or religious reasons

Get a basic driver license
  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Complete the unsupervised driving period
  • Go to any MVC Agency with your provisional license and other documents to pass the 6 point ID requirements
  • Pay $24 license fee
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