Learners Permit

Acquiring a learner’s permit in the state of New Jersey is a slightly different process than other states, but there is still a strict process with specific guidelines that must be met in order to receive one’s permit. Educating yourself on the process will help you to smoothly go through the process to make it legal for you to drive in the state of New Jersey.


Here is the process for getting your learner’s permit in the state of NJ.


  1. Know the Levels

The most unique part of the process in NJ is that they assign three different levels to their drivers – student learner permit and the examination permit.

When you receive a permit, it is valid for two years, but if you lose or move, you must repeat the entire process in order to get another permit.


  1. Student Learner Permit Process

To get your student learner permit, you must visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office and take several important documents and items with you. Once you have turned 16 years old, you are eligible to apply for a permit, but you must first take and pass a written driving exam and pass the vision test.

Showing a primary form of identification will help ensure that you are who you say you are and allow you to go to the next step in the process. The accepted forms of ID are a birth certificate, valid US passport, or adoption/citizenship paperwork.

The next step in the process is to have proof that you took and passed a driver’s education course, but it doesn’t stop there. In NJ, you are required to have your course instructor with you at the time you desire to get a permit issued.

A parent or guardian must sign a letter of consent and you must pay your fee of $10 before you are handed your learner’s permit.


Restrictions for driving with a student leaners permit:

  • A driver of 21 years of age or older must always accompany you in the front seat of the vehicle you are driving. This person must have had their license a minimum of three years to be able to sit with you as you drive. The purpose of this is to protect you and help you make traffic decisions as you are still learning the rules of the road.
  • The hours you are allowed on the road are strictly limited and monitored. You are now allowed to be on the roads from the hours of 11:01pm to 5am. This will help keep you safe while it is dark and often the time drunk drivers are out on the roads.
  • An obvious rule is the seat belt rule. You must wear your seat belt at all times, there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • While you are still learning to drive, you are not allowed to have more than one member from another household in the vehicle with you, unless you are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Distracted driving is not safe for you or anyone else on the road.
  • Absolutely NO electronic devices are to be used while the car is in transit. You need to focus on the road and not have any other distractions to ensure your safety.

Before moving on to the next level of learner’s permit, you must keep this permit for 6 months.


  1. Examination Learner’s Permit Process

After 6 months, you will be eligible to advance to the next level of learners permit, or if you are 17 years of age, you can skip the first level and go straight to the examination level. The requirements to acquire this permit are identical to the requirements listed above for a student permit.

Restrictions for an examination permit are also identical to the student permit.

The test required for getting your permit includes 50 questions and you must score at least 80%. You must keep your examination permit for a minimum of 6 months before you can get your driver’s license in New Jersey.