How to get your NJ Driver's License

Steps to getting a NJ Driver’s License

Is your teen ready to get their NJ Driver’s License? Getting a driver’s license in New Jersey can be done in 6 simple steps when enrolled in Red Bank Driving School. Read on to see how.


Take The Knowledge Test

The Student will be able to take their knowledge test at school when they have Drivers Ed, but if you’d like them to take it sooner, at 16, they can take it here at RBDS for $25.  They will also be required to take a vision test which can be administered right in the office at RBDS.

(If they are 17 and older, they have to take the test at MVC.)


IF THEY FAIL, they can re-test in 7 days.
IF THEY PASS, we’ll submit their permit application to MVC for processing.

NJ Practice Permit Tests

NJ Written Knowledge Test
Behind the Wheel Instruction


Behind-the-Wheel Instruction

Complete 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with Red Bank Driving School in a dual-controlled vehicle with a licensed driving instructor.

RBDS will complete the student permit at Eatontown Motor Vehicle. Once completed, the MVC agency will validate the permit for practice driving and it will be valid for 2 years.


Practice driving.

Practice supervised driving (see tips below for more info) for at least 6 months. A month before their road test, call Red Bank Driving School to schedule the road test appointment if you would like them to use one of our cars and get a refresher lesson before the test.

NOTE: They cannot get their probationary license until they are 17 years of age.

Practice driving
Take Your Road Test


Take the Road Test.

Red Bank Driving School will pick the student up the day of the Road Test (as long as you have scheduled in advance) and practice the skills needed to pass the test. Then when they feel confident, we bring them to Eatontown MVC to take the road test with our car. (A parent should meet them there for processing of license and pick up)

IF THEY PASS, the permit will be stamped and they can go to the next step.
IF THEY FAIL, they must wait a minimum of 14 days before they can re-test.


Get the Probationary Driver’s License.

A Probationary Driver’s License can be obtained at Eatontown MVC, or at any Licensing Center with their stamped permit and proper documents. This will expire in 3.5 years and they must renew or upgrade to the Basic License.

Get your Probationary Driver’s License
Practice driving on your own


Practice driving.

Unsupervised driving should be practiced for 1 year; when they have 1 year of practice driving, and have turned 18 years old, they should upgrade their probationary license to a basic license online.


Supervised driving:
A permit driver 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’s license, and has a minimum of three years driving experience.

Parent(s), guardian(s) or dependent(s) are allowed as passengers. A dependent can be the driver’s child, not brother or sister.
Only one additional passenger is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

There is no usage of cell phones, handheld video games or any other interactive, wireless device, whether it is “hands-free” or not.

Seat belts must be worn at all times.


Unsupervised driving:

Seat belts must be worn at all times.

There is no usage of cell phones, handheld video games or any other interactive, wireless device, whether it is “hands-free” or not.

Prohibited from driving between 11:01pm – 5:00am. (claiming employment/religious exemptions with proof) For exemption, motorist must carry a legible certification to indicate this need from his/her employer or religious official on official letterhead of the business organization, or religious institution with the signature of the certifying official and his/her name, title, address and phone number (N.J.A.C. 13:21-8.18)

Driving Tips
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