Getting that first driver’s license is an exciting turning point in the lives of most teens. In New Jersey, getting that first license is a bit more complicated than in other states.
For first-time drivers, the good news is they can get behind the wheel of a car as young as 16, but the bad news is they must complete a multi-phase Graduated Driver License program. For parents, it is all good news because the program is designed to keep teens and their passengers safe.
The first step is to obtain a student learners permit. This process involves passing a knowledge and vision test at a Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC) location offering these tests, and showing proof of enrollment in a driver training course as well as a signed letter from a parent or guardian giving their teen permission to drive.
The next step is to practice supervised driving for six months and respect rules such as the following:
Display a reflectorized decal on front and back license plates
No driving from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
An adult supervising driver at least 21 years old with a valid driver’s license and three years of experience driving must sit in the front passenger seat
Parents, guardians or dependents are allowed as passengers
Only one additional passenger is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
Once this phase is completed and the first-time driver reaches 17 years of age or older, he or she must pass the road test to obtain a probationary license. After a period of unsupervised practice driving for one year, the first-time driver can obtain a basic driver license. NJ drivers must satisfy the six-point ID verification requirements to obtain drivers licenses.