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Moving to New Jersey? Here’s what you need to know about being licensed to drive there legally.
Who needs to be licensed?
Anyone over 18 can drive in New Jersey with a license from another state. If you move there, you must get a New Jersey license within 60 days or sooner if your home state’s license expires before then. Sorry, but teenagers under 18, even if they had a license in another state, must first complete the Graduated Drivers License program.
How long can Seniors keep their license and must they retest?
New Jersey driver licenses have no age limit, but when a license expires in New Jersey it requires a visit to the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) office in order to renew it. While there, they assess your age and condition and can test your vision, or request you be interviewed at a later date by a MVC hearing officer. This may include a vision test or a written test and sometimes a driving test.
Can I get a license if I can’t see at night or need hand-controlled brake and gas pedals?
Drivers with special needs can still be licensed in New Jersey. If you can only drive during daylight hours, cannot drive during rush hour, must wear corrective lenses, need special mirrors or other mechanical devices or require seating support to remain in the correct driving position, you can still get a drivers license in New Jersey that reflects your restrictions.
Can a foreign visitor drive legally?
Yes, foreigners with a license from their own country can drive in New Jersey, if they have been here for less than one year. Keep your passport handy when you drive for proof of the timeframe.
I’m borrowing a friend’s car; do I need my own insurance?
No and yes. In New Jersey, auto insurance policies are tied to the auto itself. A typical accident would be covered by the owner’s auto insurance policy. That said, any time you are driving someone else’s car, it’s wise to have your own auto insurance at the time, and perhaps personal or umbrella coverage. Certain things may not be covered by an owner’s vehicle policy and you will be responsible for these costs. Remember also, your accident may make your friend’s auto insurance policy more expensive.
My friend wants to borrow my car, whose insurance covers an accident?
Your auto insurance would cover damages caused in an accident as stated in the policy when you bought it. More damages may arise from uncommon circumstances, and both you and your guest driver may be liable for them outside of the covered costs. So if your friend does not have their own insurance policy, don’t let them drive your car. NEVER let anyone drive your car who has a suspended or no license at all. You may be held responsible in civil court for “negligent entrustment”, so ask this before you loan your car. A true friend will show you their license without hesitation.
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