16-Year Old Program Information
For all young drivers, including 16-year old students,
the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Graduated Drivers License (GDL) program will help you:
|Gain valuable driving experience and|
|Practice the skills necessary to pass your NJ MVC road test and|
|Get your unrestricted driver’s license.|
Step 1 – Student Learner’s Permit
The minimum age requirement to begin the New Jersey MVC GDL for a Student learner’s permit is 16 years old.
For 16-year olds, part of the process is completing 6 hours of driver training, New Jersey provides a Student learner’s permit.
To get the ball rolling, we recommend our 6-Hour Package
To get a student learner’s permit, you’ll need to visit your local Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Agency and:
Probationary License Restrictions
|All GDL drivers must display a red “reflectorized” decal on the upper left corner of each license plate (front and back).|
|Decals are available at motor vehicle agencies, $4 per pair.|
|Failing to abide by this rule will result in a $100 fine.|
|No driving after 11:01 pm and before 5:00 am|
|A dependant is a permit or probationary driver’s child, not siblings|
|Only one additional passenger is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian|
|You can’t use cell phones, hand held video games or any other hands-free interactive, wireless communication device|
|Seat belts must be worn at all times|
|You will be fined $100 if caught violating any of the above driving restrictions.|
Step 3 – Basic License
After having completed one year of unsupervised driving with your probationary drivers license,
you may upgrade to an unsupervised (basic) drivers license.
Basic License Requirements
|Must be at least 18 years old.|
|Must have completed one year of unsupervised driving.|
|Pay the required fee.|
New In Town?
If you are younger than 18 years old and have an out-of-state driver’s license, you cannot transfer your license to New Jersey.
You must first satisfy the requirements of the GDL program to apply for your NJ driver’s license.