- Location: New Jersey
Drivers Ed in New Jersey
Teenage drivers in New Jersey must work through a graduated driver licensing program to become fully licensed. As part of this program, driver's license applicants at least 16 years old with a student's learner's permit must enroll in an approved driver-education course and practice driving with an instructor before being issued a provisional license.
After you pass the vision and knowledge tests as described in detail in our teen drivers article or present a knowledge test waiver from your high school, you will be issued a student learner's permit. (If you're 16 years old, you must bring your driving instructor with you to get the permit.)
This permit allows you to complete 6 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction, in addition to classroom training. These lessons must be administered by a state-approved commercial or secondary-school driver education program.
Once you've completed driver's education, you may have your student learner's permit validated. This will allow you to practice driving for 6 months with adult supervision.
After completing driver's education and having your student permit validated, you may practice driving as long as you are supervised at all times by a licensed adult driver. There are some restrictions you must adhere to, however:
- Driving is forbidden between 11:01 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- No cell phones, pagers, or other wireless devices are allowed.
- Seat belts must be worn.
When you've practiced driving for 6 months with these restrictions and you are granted a provisional license, you may drive without supervision. The restrictions are the same as those listed above, except you may not drive at night between 11:01 a.m. and 5 a.m. The restrictions will be lifted once you turn 18 years old and are issued a basic driver's license.
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