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New Jersey residents will be able to schedule driver’s license appointments regardless of immigration status

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NJMVC would provide licenses regardless of immigration status to persons residing in the state of New Jersey

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) is committed to implementing driver’s licenses for all people residing in the state of New Jersey, regardless of their immigration status, as smoothly as possible. We are working in collaboration with the Office of New Americans (ONA) in the New Jersey Department of Human Services to develop information and resources to help the community facilitate this process.

As previously announced, NJMVC would provide licenses regardless of immigration status to persons residing in the state of New Jersey. New Jersey residents will be able to start scheduling their appointments for these licenses starting May 1, 2021

“The granting of state-neutral licensing is important to many new Jerseyers, but MVC’s demands for COVID-19 have made it impossible for us to complete the training and software changes required to implement them,” said Sue Fulton Administrator of the Motor Vehicles Commission.

The Motor Vehicles Commission has implemented many changes in recent months, changing most online transactions, however, demand remains high in MVC agencies, while staff in them have been reduced due to COVID-19.

THE NJ MVC has launched new and improved resources for first-time drivers on the MVC website.

The First Driver License/ID website was revised and optimized to make it easier for new drivers to obtain a New Jersey driver’s license, regardless of their immigration status. New tools were also added to this website, including answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) and a video guide for first-time drivers. All new resources and information are available in English and Spanish.

The public will be encouraged to consult the First Driver License/ID website and the MVC NJMVC.gov main website in the  coming weeks for up-to-date information.

“We anticipate an increase in the demand for first-time drivers permits and driver’s licenses, especially once we started licensing drivers regardless of their immigration status,” said MVC Administrator Sue Fulton. “Updating new resources and guidance will help make the process of getting your first license in New Jersey easier.”

All customers wishing to obtain a license in New Jersey must use the resources on the MVC website and the NJ Driver’s Manual, which is also available online in English and Spanish.

New Jersey drivers receive phased driving privileges. Although the state’s Driver’s License Program requirements differ depending on the applicant’s age, there are three steps to obtaining a license in New Jersey:

  • 1st Step: Permission (includes knowledge test).
  • 2nd Step: Trial license (includes practical exam).
  • 3rd Step: Basic driver’s license.

Starting May 1, New Jersey residents will be able to schedule appointments to obtain driver’s licenses regardless of their immigration status. By then, appointments must be scheduled online at  NJMVC.gov. MVC will provide additional information in the run-up to the start date of May 1.

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