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New Jersey Driver’s License & Registration for New Residents

You have 30 days to transfer your driver's license and to register a car in New Jersey. Here's how it works, the costs, and links for required forms.
New Jersey driver's license and registration for new residents

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❗️Quick Info: Upon moving to New Jersey, you have a 60-day window to switch your out-of-state driver’s license and vehicle registration.

Opening Paragraph: Welcome to the Garden State! New Jersey, renowned for its beautiful shorelines, historic sites, and diverse culture, is a wonderful place to call home. As you settle into your new environment, there are essential steps to ensure your driving and vehicle documents follow New Jersey regulations. Below is a simplified guide to help you navigate through this process.

Process for Obtaining a License in New Jersey

  • Schedule an Appointment: Within 60 days of relocating to New Jersey, book an appointment at a local motor vehicle license center.
  • Documentation: Bring your current, valid driver’s license (ensure it’s in good standing) and the necessary legal documents to meet the 6 Points of ID requirements. A US Passport or birth certificate along with your social security card and driver’s license, will meet the 6 points. Be sure to include (2) proofs of address,like a bank statement, lease, deed, and utility bill.
  • Special Instructions for CDL: If you possess a Commercial Driver License, bring a valid Medical Certificate and any required fingerprint documents.
  • Transfer Permit: Pay for a transfer permit ($10 for motorcycle, auto, or CDL; $5 more for a motorcycle endorsement on an auto license).
  • Tests: As long as you have a valid, non-provisional driver’s license from approved jurisdictions, you can skip the knowledge and road tests (except for Hazmat endorsement holders).
  • Cost: The fee for a REAL ID Auto license in New Jersey is $24, applicable for both initial issuance and renewal.

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Vehicle Registration in New Jersey

Emissions Testing in New Jersey

Consistent with the 1990 National Clean Air Standards, most vehicles in New Jersey undergo emissions testing every 2 years. The exact test type and exemptions depend on the vehicle’s specifics, including its year, make, and model. You can reach the inspection department at 888-656-6867 or 609-895-6886 for further details.

Conclusion

Transitioning to a new state can be challenging, but with the correct information, the process becomes straightforward. As you journey through New Jersey’s scenic routes, ensure your driving and vehicle credentials comply with the state’s laws. Enjoy your new adventures in New Jersey!

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Travis French

Travis French

On a 750-mile trek across 4 states, I felt the void: good info on places to live was missing. So, I started gathering. Today, I'm still searching for my perfect place alongside you and adding each bit of helpful information I discover along the way. —Writer, Home Advisor, & Owner of First&Sold. NVRED Lic #S.0182305

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