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I have a valid Pennsylvania driver's license. Can I turn the PA license for a New Jersey driver's license when I move to NJ or do I have to take written and road tests again?


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Since you are exchanging a valid Pennsylvania driver's license, you should not have to take the written or road test in New Jersey in order to receive a license there. 

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) says the steps to transfer an out-of-state license include:

  1. Visiting any MVC Agency office with your current, valid driver's license (Basic Auto and/or Motorcycle).
  2. Bringing proper legal documents to pass Six Point ID and Address Verification (see MVC website for details).
  3. Waiving of knowledge and road tests as long as you have a valid, non-provisional driver license issued by any of the 50 states or District of Columbia.

When you surrender your out-of-state license you will be issued a four-year basic New Jersey driver's license by the MVC.

Now, if you are under 18, then your license cannot be transferred to a full New Jersey license. Instead, you must complete the Graduated Driver License (GDL) program requirements for New Jersey, which you can read about on their website.

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Once you move to New Jersey, you must transfer your Pennsylvania license within 60 days of your move or before it expires, whichever occurs first.

You also need to register and title your vehicle in New Jersey within 60 days of moving there or before your registration expires, again whichever occurs first.

As part of this move you will need to inform your Pennsylvania car insurance company and see how long they will cover you in New Jersey until you must change over your policy to a company doing business in New Jersey. It may only be 30 days and if that is the case, you will want to register and insure your car in New Jersey within that time period.

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