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New Jersey License Options for First Time Drivers: The Adult Road

Guidelines for Getting a Basic Driver’s License Using the Adult Road from the NJ MVC

In the state of New Jersey, there are three paths that divers can utilize when acquiring their first driver’s license. We have already gone over the first two and the final of these three options is The Adult Road. The Adult Road is an approach for those individuals who are 21 years of age or older who are working to obtain their basic driver’s license. This is a three phase process, much like the Early Bird Option and Young Adult Road for younger drivers. Here we will outline the Adult Road license process as presented by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission.

Receive an Examination Permit

The first step in the Adult Road option for earning your driver’s license is to acquire an examination permit – it is important to note that this is a different permit from the student permit. To receive the examination permit, the applicant must appear at a Motor Vehicle Commission or MVC agency and present six points of identification. The applicant must then pass the knowledge and vision test and pay any applicable fees. Once complete, the applicant will then receive their examination permit – if this permit is lost or stolen and new, a duplicate permit can be issued at an MVC agency for a nominal fee.

Practice Three Months of Supervised Driving

The next step in the process is for the applicant to complete three months of supervised driving – the Early Bird Option and Young Adult Road require a total of six months of supervised driving. In order to complete this task successfully, the applicant must observe the following restrictions: the applicant must be accompanied by an adult 21 years old or older who has had their license for a minimum of three years, seat belts are required to be worn at all times, and cell phone use is prohibited. Unlike the two previous options, there are no restrictions on the number of passengers allowed in the vehicle.

Test for and Receive a Probationary License

Once the applicant has completed the supervised driving period, they can return to the MVC agency to complete the road test. On successful completion of this test, the applicant will receive his or her probationary license. This license is effective for one year and comes with the following restrictions: cell phone use is prohibited and seat belts must be worn by the applicant and all passengers. After the probationary license period of one year has passed, the applicant will return to the Motor Vehicle Commission agency in order to receive his or her basic driver’s license. The applicant will need to bring his or her probationary license, six points of identification, and pay a $24 fee to receive their basic license.

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