12Jul 2015

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) implemented the graduated driver license (GDL) program to help first time driver’s license applicant to become more responsible drivers when they obtain their driver’s license. Under the GDL program, applicant must complete a number of milestones before getting their driver’s license. Applicants will need to complete different application processes depending on their age, these include:

  • The Early Bird Road.
  • The Young Adult Road.
  • The Adult Road.

Each process begins with getting a learner’s permit and taking a written permit test.

If you are below 18 years old and you have an out-of-state driver’s license, the New Jersey MVC will not allow you to transfer it. You will therefore have to complete the requirements of the GDL program to get NewJersey driver’s license.

The New Jersey written permittest consists of 50 questions that are mainly derived from the MVC Driver’s Manual. The questions cover a number of topics which include: New Jersey traffic laws, road signs, driving techniques, parking, switching lanes and signaling, defensive driving, how to react in the event of an accident or emergency, and how to enter and exit the freeway.  You will be required to have a pass score of 80% to obtain your learner’s permit.

It is important that you prepare for the test so that you pass on your first attempt. The New Jersey MVC recommends that you study the MVC Driver’s Manual, this is a good way to prepare for the test because it contains comprehensive information of what will be covered in the test.  The MVC also offers basic practice tests, when you take the test you:

  • Familiarize yourself with the format of how the questions are structured
  • Have a chance to review your answers and know your weaknesses and strengths
  • Gain the confidence you need to pass the test