Moving To New Jersey


 

You may transfer both your license and registration in one transaction by making an appointment for a transfer from out-of-state.

Make sure to bring all required documents. (Same link en Español).

Your License

If you have recently moved to New Jersey, you must transfer your out-of-state license and vehicle title/registration within 60 days of your move (120 days during a Public Health Emergency), or before your current license and vehicle registration expires, whichever occurs first.

To transfer your out-of-state license (21 and over)

  • Schedule an appointment at a motor vehicle license center with a current, valid driver's license in good standing and the proper legal documents to pass the 6 Points of ID requirements.
    • Commercial Driver License (CDL) transfers are required to submit a valid Medical Certificate and any necessary fingerprint documents at time of transfer.
    • Purchase a transfer permit ($10 for motorcycle, auto or CDL; $5 additional for motorcycle endorsement on auto license).
    • Knowledge and road tests are waived (Hazmat endorsement holders must take the written test) so long as you have a current, valid, non-provisional driver’s license that is in good standing issued by any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories of American Samoa and Guam, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
      • All CDL holders must pass an eye test.
    • You will be issued a four-year New Jersey license (fee information) and you will be required to surrender your out-of-state license.

    We are required to capture a customer's full face when taking a picture for a driver license or non-driver ID card; therefore we need to be able to see from the top of your forehead to the bottom of your chin.If you have a medical or religious need to wear a head covering in your photo, please advise the MVC staff at the agency camera station.

    Non-citizen

    If you are not a U.S. citizen and have recently moved to New Jersey, you can transfer your out-of-state license for a standard New Jersey license. Make an appointment for a transfer from out-of-state.

    Non-driver Identification (ID) card

    If you do not currently have an out-of-state or New Jersey driver's license, you may obtain a non-driver identification (ID) card.

    We are required to capture a customer's full face when taking a picture for a driver license or non-driver ID card; therefore we need to be able to see from the top of your forehead to the bottom of your chin. If you have a medical or religious need to wear a head covering in your photo, please advise the MVC staff at the agency camera station.

    Your Vehicle

    Under New Jersey law, you must transfer your vehicle title and registration (with or without a lien) within 60 days (120 days during a Public Health Emergency). To do this:

        • Proof of identification (usually a valid driver’s license)
        • Original title
        • Insuranceinformation.
        • $60 for standard vehicle.
        • $85 for financed vehicle with one lien (all lien holders and leasing companies must have an EIN).
        • $110 for a financed vehicle with two liens.

    Related Vehicle Title Information

    Titles without liens will be given to the customer (unless the mailing address is a P.O. Box, in which case the title is held for 10 days, then mailed to the customer) along with their license plates, registration card, and temporary inspection card.

    Titles with liens and titles for leased vehicles will be mailed to the leasing company or lien holder.  In this case the customer is given a title receipt, vehicle registration, license plates, and temporary inspection card.
    If you are transferring from a state that does not issue titles, refer to the guidelines for transfer.

    To transfer a vehicle from out-of–country, refer to foreign vehicle instructions.