Teenagers drivers in New Jersey must work through a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program to become fully licensed. As part of this program, 16 year olds must enroll in an approved driver education course and practice driving with a licensed instructor before being issued a provisional license.
There are three (3) steps to follow to obtain a full license in New Jersey.
Step 1: Obtain a 16-year-old permit, pass a written test and an eye exam, and complete six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.
Step 2: Probationary (with restrictions) license, at age 17 after completing minimum of 6 months supervised driving with validated permit.
Step 3: Full basic (no restrictions) license, at age 18 after having provisional license for one year.
Driving Lessons Include:
- Door to door service
- Explain the dashboard instrumentation, controls and driver safety features inside the car
- Teach students the rules of the road on our North Jersey streets
- Explain street signs, signals and ground markings
- Practice starting, stopping, and accelerating smoothly
- Intersections (right of way, pedestrians)
- Explain and practice the fundamentals of turning
- Reverse driving safety
- Parallel parking (between traffic safety cones, afterwards between parked vehicles)
- Highway driving (entering, lane changing, exiting)
- Completed permit application (green card)
- ORIGINAL passport, green card or birth certificate
- ORIGINAL social security card
- High school blue card (proof student has passed the written exam)
- If the student has failed the written exam in school, the test must be repeated at an NJ Motor Vehicle Commission’s office
- Eyeglasses/Contacts if needed to pass eye exam
- $10 cash or check made payable to the NJ MVC (separate fee)
Click on the links below for more information from the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission: