When planning for a trip to the driver license office, consider the best times to avoid long waits.
- Mornings are generally less crowded than afternoons.
- Mid-week is less crowded than Mondays or Fridays.
- Any day before or after a holiday will likely be more crowded.
- The first and last days of the month are often busy with customers conducting last minute business.
- Center staff often go on lunch break starting around noon, leaving a reduced crew. Try to avoid the lunch hour.
- You should arrive at least an hour before closing to finish all the paperwork and testing.
If you need some other service you must visit a branch office. You can easily find the location of your nearest MVC office http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Location/index.htm listed by county.
To receive a driver’s license, permit or ID card there are specific documents that are needed for primary ID, secondary ID, Social Security number and proof of address. The applicant must present to an official at a Motor Vehicle Commission Agency a 6-point ID. http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/Licenses/ident_ver_posterpint.pdf To meet this requirement applicants can use the following:
- an original, certified birth certificate or valid passport
- social security card,
- another photo ID such as a school ID with transcript or report card
- To schedule a road test to earn a New Jersey driver’s license you can make an appointment with the online scheduling system. https://njmvcscheduling.state.nj.us/tc/driverlogin.do?url=njmvcdtclient
- Most drivers in New Jersey may be able to avoid going to the MVC to renew their license http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/HowToRenew.htm through the Skip the Trip http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/Licenses/skip_the_trip_faq.pdf mail-in option. As long as you do not have specific restrictions and are not making any changes to your license, you will receive a renewal notice which you can return with payment before your license expires.
- For vehicle registration renewal, you can go online https://emvc.state.nj.us/MVC_VEHRR/VEHRR_Welcome.jsp to complete the renewal process. Vehicle owners may also send in the renewal by mail, or in person at an MVC office.
- For registration a new vehicle purchase, http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/NewVehicle.htm you must visit an MVC office. New cars can receive a 4 year registration. To register a used vehicle purchase http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/TransferringVehicle.htm you will need to go to an MVC office and present the title, odometer reading, pay the sales tax and the $60 registration fee.
- IF you are moving to New Jersey http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/moving_to_nj/index.htm you must visit an MVC office to obtain a New Jersey license and update your vehicle registration within 60 days.
- If your license has been lost or stolen you can obtain a duplicate http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/LostStolen.htm by going to an MVC office with the appropriate ID requirements (see below) and the $11 replacement fee.
- To change your name http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/change_name/index.shtml on your license you will need to make a trip to a PennDOT office and present any legal documents proving name change along with the application. http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/dl_forms/dl-901.pdf For a name change on a vehicle registration use form MV-41A. http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/mv_forms/mv-41a.pdf
- If you have recently moved within New Jersey you can report a change of address online. https://emvc.state.nj.us/MVC_SAC/AVSStart.jsp Change of address for vehicle registrations can be completed at the same time.
- In New Jersey many other transactions can be completed online. You can pay traffic citations or parking tickets, http://njcourts.judiciary.state.nj.us/njmcdirect/atswepr2/home.do or order personalized plates, http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/personalized_plates.htm sports or dedicated plates. http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/order_specialty.htm right from your home computer or mobile device.
Save time at the Motor Vehicle Commission in New Jersey by scheduling an appointment https://njmvcscheduling.state.nj.us/tc/driverlogin.do?url=njmvcdtclient to take a driving test. Many other functions can also completed online. You may be able to skip an entire trip to the MVC office by following the links to complete certain transactions.