Find a New Jersey drivers licensing center
While some driver’s license services are available online, you may need to go to a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission office in person for some driver’s license services. You can look up the NJ MVC office nearest you here.
Getting a license for the first time
First time getting your driver’s license? Here’s everything you need to know.
- The details: If you’re at least 17 years old and ready to get behind the wheel, the process at the BMV is smooth and simple.
- What to bring: Pack up your ID document, proof of address, a completed application, and $10.
- What you’ll need to do: When you arrive at the BMV, you’ll submit your application, take a vision test, and take a knowledge test. You’ll need to practice supervised driving for at least six months, and then you can return for a road test.
- What comes next: If you pass the road test, you’ll receive a probationary license. After one year of successful driving, you’ll be able to apply for a standard New Jersey driver’s license online.
Note: Probationary license restrictions differ between the 17-20 age group and the 21+ age group.
Renewing your license
Usually, renewing your license online is a simple process — this is usually true even if you received a form in the mail that says you need to come to the BMV in person. If you do need to come to the BMV in person, getting your license renewed is quick. Save even more time by scheduling your appointment for license renewal online.
- What to bring: Pack up your ID document, proof of address, and $24.
- What you’ll need to do: At the agency, you’ll complete your application for renewal, have your photo taken, and receive your new license on the spot.
Do you need a Real ID?
Do you have to get a Real ID? Nope. Will you want one? Probably.
Starting October 1, 2021, your standard driver’s license will no longer be accepted as proof of identification at airports. You’ll need a passport or a Real ID instead. If your license is expiring in less than three months, you can come into any NJ BMV with the required documentation to convert your license to a Real ID.
Upgrade your probationary license
If you currently have a probationary license, and you’re ready to upgrade to a basic license, you can easily complete the process online.
Replace a lost or stolen license
Currently, New Jersey requires that anyone eligible to replace their license online must do so (rather than visiting an agency). The process of replacing your license online is simple — here’s everything you need to know.
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