Presentation on theme: "NJ Laws Governing Driver Licenses"— Presentation transcript:
1 NJ Laws Governing Driver Licenses A motorist who operates a motor vehicle in the State of New Jersey must carry:A valid driver license/permitValid insuranceVehicle registrationWhen pulled over by a police officer these are the 3 documents you will be asked to show.To register a vehicle, the state of NJ only requires proof of “liability” insurance.Banking institutions require financed vehicles to have “comprehensive” insurance (collision, fire, theft).Once you have a validated New Jersey driver permit must be accompanied by an appropriately licensed driver***Supervising Driver Requirements***Must have a valid NJ Driver’s LicenseMust be at least 21 years of ageMust have had 3 years driving experienceA motorist who changes addresses must report this change to the MVC within one week after moving.
2 New Jersey Laws Governing Driver Licenses Cont….. A motorist who legally changes their name (marriage, divorce, adoption) must report the change to the MVC within two weeksA motorist with a valid out-of-state license who moves to New Jersey must apply for a New Jersey license within 60 daysAll applicants for a New Jersey driver license or special learner’s permit who are under 18 years of age must present a completed consent form signed by a parent or guardian.GDL, special learner and examination permits are valid until all qualifications for a provisional license are met, or for two years, whichever occurs first.
3 These show up in a coded form within your driver’s license number What’s On A LicenseAltering a driver license:Possible Suspension of LicenseFine of up to $1,000Up to six months imprisonment.Getting a driver license illegallyFine up to $500Imprisonment of 30 to 90 days.NameAddressPhoto IDDriver License NumberDate of BirthGenderExpiration / Issue DateSignatureHeightEye ColorClass of LicenseStateRestrictionsThese show up in a coded form within your driver’s license numberCorrective LensesProsthetic DevicesMechanical DevicesHearing Impaired
4 6 Point ID VerificationAll applicants for a New Jersey driver license must provide a full name, current address, Social Security number, 6 Points of ID Verification and other documentation that verifies that his/her legal presence in the United States is authorized under federal law. Documents must be in English or have an approved translationMust be ORIGNAL Forms of documentation
5 6 Points ID Verification Applicant’s “Primary” ID (4 points)Birth CertificatePassportGreen CardAdoption PapersApplicants “Secondary” DocumentsProof of addressSocial Security #
6 Graduated Driver License / GDL Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program:Introduces driving privileges in phases with a period of supervised driving, and extends their practice driving time and requires a minimum age of 18 in order to receive an unrestricted, basic driver license.GDL restrictions placed upon first-time drivers must be strictly adhered to. Failure to do so may result in a fine of $100 or a possible suspension of a motorist’s driving privilege
7 Why does New Jersey require the GDL program? GDL FAQ’sWhy does New Jersey require the GDL program?Studies show that a young driver's risk of being involved in a car crash is highest within his/her first months of driving. An average of 6,000 teens die in car crashes nationally each year.By delaying full driving privileges so that teens can gaindriving experience under low-risk conditions, comprehensive GDL programs can reduce these deaths and injuries by approximately 40%. The ultimate goal of the GDL program is to protect the lives of young drivers-and the lives of their passengers and others on the road.
8 GDL FAQ’sWhat happens if my teen driver commits a traffic offense and receives a ticket while he/she has a GDL license?GDL holders cannot "plea down" to "no point" offenses.If a GDL holder accumulates three or more penalty points, they have to complete a driver improvement program. If they fail to complete this program, or if they accumulate additional points, it will result in suspension and postponement of their eligibility to obtain a probationary (if in the permit phase) or basic license (if in the probationary phase). In addition, violations may incur legal fees and/or higher insurance rates. This can cost thousands of dollars. GDL holders must obey all traffic rules and regulations.
9 The Early Bird Road Step 1: Get a Special Learner Permit Must be at least 16 years oldMust have signed parent or guardian consentMust be enrolled in approved behind-the-wheel driver training driving school (6 hours)An approved instructor must purchase the permitCost of the permit is $10Must pass MVC’s Knowledge and Vision testsMVC will validate Special Learner Permits ONLY after training course completionStep 2: Practice with an Adult Supervising DriverMust observe special learner permit driving restrictionsMust practice at least six months with approved supervising driverStep 3: Get a Probationary LicenseComplete Six months of supervised driving without any suspensions or postponementsMust pass MVC’s Road TestMust be at least 17 years old
10 The Early Bird Road Continued Step 4: With a Probationary Driver LicenseUnsupervised driving for at least One yearMust observe probationary driver license restrictions*****Step 5: Get the Basic Driver LicenseMust be at least 18 years oldValid for 4 yearsMust have completed one year of unsupervised driving with probationary driver license restrictionsMust pay required fee***
11 Student Driver/Road Test If a student driver commits a traffic offense, responsibility will be both student and instructor or student and “supervising” driver.Arrive at the road test with:Valid Student PermitSupervising DriverValid Vehicle RegistrationValid Insurance CardValid Vehicle Inspection StickerRed Decals on Vehicle
12 GDL Restrictions No driving between 11:01 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. No using hand-held or hands-free cell phones or any other electronic devices.Permit holder must be accompanied in the front seat by an adult supervising driver who is at least 21 years of age and who possesses a valid New Jersey driver license and has a minimum of three years driving experience.Passengers are limited to any parent, guardian or dependant of the special permit holder and one additional passenger.Permit holder and ALL passengers must wear seat belts.Must display decals on license plates.
14 Test Requirements Vision Test 20/50 vision with or without corrective lenses.Knowledge TestThe knowledge test consists of 50 questions. Minimum requirements: 80 percent, or 40 correct answers out of 50 questionsRoad TestApplicants must provide their own vehicle for the road test.It is a pass/fail test
15 Elements of the road test The examiner may test you on the following items:Driving in reverseFollowing other vehiclesNearing corners/intersectionsParking/parallel parkingSitting properlyStarting a vehicleSteering properlyStopping at signsStopping on downgrades/upgradesStopping smoothlyTurningTurning aroundUsing the hornYielding right-of-way
16 Lost License? Notify police and MVC Lost Permit? -Contact your driving school to get a replacement -Notify the policeLost License?Notify police and MVC
18 If You Fail the Road Test? 1st Offense =2 weeks wait to reschedule2nd Offense =2 weeks wait to reschedule3rd Offense = 2 weeks wait to reschedule4th Offense= 6 months wait to reschedule
19 Reasons for Failure due to Improper Vehicle Improper, expired or no inspection stickerLack of examiner access to foot brake or parking brakeAny defect or condition that affects the safe operation of the test vehicle, such as but not limited to:Poor brakesParking brake doesn’t workUnsafe tires (smooth, cut, badly worn)Vehicle interior is not in reasonably clean conditionVehicle failed inspection, and motorist does not bring the Vehicle Inspection Report issued by the inspection station to road test areaVehicle not equipped with radial tires or snow tires or chains when road is snow coveredFast engine idleMissing seat belts
20 Center Console Pictures Center Console with accessible hand brake.Inaccessible emergency parking brake