Drivers Licensing Process

It’s our goal to prepare first-time drivers into becoming Careful, Confident, Considerate drivers. 

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(ages 16 and up)

For EARLY BIRD ROAD

For drivers at age 16 – requires a Student Learner’s Permit, a state approved six hour behind-the-wheel instruction with a licensed driving instructor, and a minimum of six months of supervised driving prior to road test. Permits must be purchased through a licensed driving school.

For all young drivers, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) program will help you: 

  • Practice the skills necessary to pass your NJ MVC road test
  • Gain valuable driving experience 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.

PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

To get a student learner’s permit, you’ll need to visit your local Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Agency and:

  • You must be 16 years of age.
  • Pass a written test and a vision screening.
  • Present a primary ID, such as your:

     * Certified birth certificate

     * Passport

     * Adoption or citizenship papers

  • Show proof of enrollment in a driver’s education course.

 

* 16 years old driver candidates require a minimum of 6 hours driver training in order to obtain a learner’s permit.

  • Pay the student permit fee
  • Have your course instructor with you.
  • Have a signed letter of consent from your parents or legal guardian.

Step 2 – Probationary License

A probationary license allows you to practice driving skills, unsupervised, with restrictions.

PROBATIONARY LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Must have completed six months of supervised driving without any suspensions or postponements.
  • Must pass MVCs road test.
  • Must be at least 17 years old.

Step 3 – Basic License

After having completed one year of unsupervised driving with your probationary driver’s license, you may upgrade to an unsupervised (basic) driver’s license.

BASIC LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have completed one year of unsupervised driving.
  • Pay the required fee.

(ages 17 but under 21 years of age)

For YOUNG ADULT ROAD

For drivers at age 17 through 20 – requires an Examination Permit, minimum of six months of supervised driving prior to road test. Permits must be purchased at an NJMVC location. No required hours or permission by licensed driving school. Lessons are still offered and recommended.

For all young adult drivers, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) program will help you:

  • Practice the skills necessary to pass your NJ MVC road test 
  • Gain valuable driving experience and;
  • Get your unrestricted driver’s license

Step 1: Examination Permit

With the examination permit, you will be allowed to practice supervised driving.

The minimum age requirement to begin the Young Adult New Jersey MVC GDL with an Examination Permit is 17 years old.

Bergen County Top Driving School offers many solutions to help you successfully navigate the Young Adult Program.

 

  • Be at least 17 years old, but under 18.
  • Submit signed consent of a parent or legal guardian to begin the permit process with MVC.
  • Pass a written test and a vision screening.
  • Present a primary ID, such as your:

  * Certified birth certificate.

  * Passport.

  * Adoption or citizenship papers.

 

  • Pay the examination permit fee

 

To move on to a probationary driver’s license, you must at least 17 years old and have practiced driving for at least 6 months.

Step 2 – Probationary License

A probationary license allows you to practice driving skills, unsupervised, with restrictions.

PROBATIONARY LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Must have completed six months of supervised driving without any suspensions or postponements.
  • Must pass MVCs road test.
  • Must be at least 17 years old.

Step 3 – Basic License

After having completed one year of unsupervised driving with your probationary driver’s license, you may upgrade to an unsupervised (basic) driver’s license.

BASIC LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have completed one year of unsupervised driving.
  • Pay the required fee.

(21 years of age or older)

For ADULT ROAD

For drivers at age 21 and older – requires an Examination Permit, minimum of three months of supervised driving prior to road test. Permits must be purchased at an NJMVC location. No required hours or permission by licensed driving school. Lessons are still offered and recommended.

For all drivers, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) program will help you:

  • Practice the skills necessary to pass your NJ MVC road test 
  • Gain valuable driving experience and;
  • Get your unrestricted driver’s license

Step 1 – Examination Permit

With the examination permit, you will be allowed to practice supervised driving.

Bergen County Top Driving School offers many solutions to help you successfully navigate the Adult Program.

PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Pass a written test and a vision screening.
  • Pay the examination permit fee.
 

As a participant in the Adult Road Program (21 years of age or older), to move on to a probationary driver’s license, you must have practiced supervised driving for at least 3 months.

Step 2 – Probationary License

A probationary license allows you to practice driving skills, unsupervised, with restrictions

ctions.

PROBATIONARY LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Must have completed six months of supervised driving without any suspensions or postponements.
  • Must pass MVCs road test.
  • Must be at least 17 years old.

Step 3 – Basic License

After having completed one year of unsupervised driving with your probationary driver’s license, you may upgrade to an unsupervised (basic) driver’s license.

BASIC LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have completed one year of unsupervised driving.
  • Pay the required fee.

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