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

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

In the state of New Jersey, there are three different approaches divers can take when trying to acquire their first driver’s license. The second of these three options is The Young Adult Road. The Young Adult Road is an approach for those individuals 17 years of age or older who are looking to get their basic driver’s license. This is a three phase process, much like the Early Bird Option for younger drivers. Here we will outline the Young Adult Road license process as presented by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission.

Acquire and Examination Permit

The first step in the Young Adult Road is to get an examination permit – this differs from the Early Bird Option as that process requires a student permit. Applicants who are 17 years old but still under the age of 18 must submit a signed consent letter from a parent or legal guardian to begin the process. To start, the applicant must visit an MVC agency and participate in the following: provide 6 points of valid identification, pass the driver knowledge test and pass an eye exam as well as pay any fees associated with the permit. Once the permit is secure, it must be carried with the applicant at all times.

Participate in Six Months of Supervised Driving

Next, the applicant must complete six months of supervised driving. In order to complete this period, the following restrictions must be followed (these restrictions are similar to the ones imposed for the Early Bird Option): reflective decals must be displayed on the front and back license plates of any vehicle the applicant may be driving, applicant’s cannot drive between 11:01 pm and 5:00 am, only parents, dependents and guardians can be allowed as passengers and the applicant must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older who has had their driver’s license for 3 or more years. Additionally, there can only be one additional passenger in the car, cell phone use is prohibited, and seat belts must be worn.

Test for and Receive a Probationary License

After the six months of practice is complete, the applicant will take the road test. Upon passing, they will receive their probationary driver’s license. This license is not a full driver’s license and does come with the following restrictions: reflective decals must be displayed on the probationary driver’s car, he or she cannot drive between 11:01 pm and 5:00 am (with some exceptions for work, school or religious reasons), only parents, guardians and dependents are allowed as passengers and only one added passenger is permitted unless escorted by a parent or guardian. This probationary license lasts for one year – after the one year has passed the driver will return to the MVC and receive his or her basic driver’s license.

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