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Old Jul 10th 2007, 11:08 am
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Hi,

I will shortly be re-locating to the New Jersey area and wanted some info about sitting a driving test in this state? Love to hear from anyone who's done it? I have a UK driving licence, but I understand that I need to apply for a New Jersey one, sit an exam and maybe do a practical driving test. It's been a while since I reversed around a corner, so it would be great to get some info on what I will need to brush up on!
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Old Jul 10th 2007, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by footballwidow View Post
Hi,

I will shortly be re-locating to the New Jersey area and wanted some info about sitting a driving test in this state? Love to hear from anyone who's done it? I have a UK driving licence, but I understand that I need to apply for a New Jersey one, sit an exam and maybe do a practical driving test. It's been a while since I reversed around a corner, so it would be great to get some info on what I will need to brush up on!
Pretty much all you need to know is here:

http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Licenses/index.htm
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It's been a while since I reversed around a corner, so it would be great to get some info on what I will need to brush up on!
The driving tests here can be difficult. You generally have to drive around the block which involves "turning" (sometimes right and left!) and possibly "stopping" (maybe in extreme cases more than once) with "driving in a straight line" in between all the turning and stopping! Then there is "parking" which makes all the rest look like a cakewalk. The worst is that all this has to be done without hitting any objects, other vehicles or pedestrians and also without any major traffic law violations. Minor infractions such as excessive speed, making a right turn from the left lane and driving on the sidewalk are usually overlooked as those happen to everyone, even vetran drivers, and the testor realizes most of the candidates are nervous.

Don't feel inadequate if you fail the first time, It takes most people several tries.

Hope this helps!


EDIT: Oh, I forgot to say welcome to BE and enjoy New Jersey!
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I learned how to drive and took my first test in NJ . Even after flunking the parallel parking, I still somehow passed. The sit-down, touch-screen test was pretty difficult, but if you read up on their highway code you should make it no problem. I think you need to get 80% of the questions right to pass. The test itself is different depending on where you go, but in Eatontown, which is where I took mine, it was in a parking lot with lanes built out of traffic cones. No other traffic on the course. I almost wet myself laughing how easy it was.

Needless to say, you can get by for a while with a British driver's license, but you need a US license as ID in so many places here, it's worth switching as soon as you can.
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Old Jul 11th 2007, 7:03 pm
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Very brave ! ...... I have been driving trucks in this country for 6 years and NJ is the only state that frightens me
I get in and out ASAP.
Don't attmept the northern part of the turnpike untill you know exactly what you are doing, don't sit in the middle ale when it's 3 lanes each way .... It really gets up truck drivers noses.

I will be driving down it tomorrow to I-78 and out to Lebanon PA, I will dread every mile of it ............... crazy bastards
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How do, get down to the local MVC and register for an exam permit within 60 days of arriving and you'll only need to take the theory test to get your NJ license. Any longer than that and you'll need to take the driving test as well. The license runs until your visa runs out.

I did it a few weeks ago and it was a fairly simple multiple-choice 'quiz' - 50 questions, 80% needed to pass. The hardest part was getting the ID together and working out which queue to join at the centre itself!

My first U.S.driving experience followed shortly afterwards - out of Hoboken and onto the NJ Turnpike. Just fire up a fat cigar and pretend you're in the opening credits of The Sopranos and you'll feel much better....

Originally Posted by footballwidow View Post
Hi,

I will shortly be re-locating to the New Jersey area and wanted some info about sitting a driving test in this state? Love to hear from anyone who's done it? I have a UK driving licence, but I understand that I need to apply for a New Jersey one, sit an exam and maybe do a practical driving test. It's been a while since I reversed around a corner, so it would be great to get some info on what I will need to brush up on!
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I know I am late to this thread but I wanted to add my experience for anyone who searches for this topic in the future.

I have just relocated to NJ from Boston. I had no need for a license in Boston as I lived downtown and just used rental cars on my UK license as needed.

We went to Randolph, NJ to file all the paperwork because I was told it would be quiet and easy. The lines were very short and the staff were all friendly - it was a very pleasant experience compared to the Boston DMV! They did tell me that NJ DMV's have had a bad rap and they were actively trying to turn that around with better service. They were very strict on the 6 points ID rules. I used my US passport, ATM card and house paperwork (had to have original signatures, no photocopies allowed) to get the points.

3 lines.....points checked, info checked/photo processed and then written test. I took the written test which was multiple choice on the pc - you need 80% to pass. Once that is done they sent me back to the people who took my photo, they printed my card and I was done. I even liked my picture.

Easy peasy.
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Originally Posted by looselips View Post
I know I am late to this thread but I wanted to add my experience for anyone who searches for this topic in the future.

I have just relocated to NJ from Boston. I had no need for a license in Boston as I lived downtown and just used rental cars on my UK license as needed.

We went to Randolph, NJ to file all the paperwork because I was told it would be quiet and easy. The lines were very short and the staff were all friendly - it was a very pleasant experience compared to the Boston DMV! They did tell me that NJ DMV's have had a bad rap and they were actively trying to turn that around with better service. They were very strict on the 6 points ID rules. I used my US passport, ATM card and house paperwork (had to have original signatures, no photocopies allowed) to get the points.

3 lines.....points checked, info checked/photo processed and then written test. I took the written test which was multiple choice on the pc - you need 80% to pass. Once that is done they sent me back to the people who took my photo, they printed my card and I was done. I even liked my picture.

Easy peasy.
My dentist is in Randolph...Rte 10.
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My dentist is in Randolph...Rte 10.
JG ............ You are such a source of information

Next time I am in Randolph with a toothache I will look him up

I drove down to Exit 7 on the NJ Pike thursday, took 2 hours to get to the tolls at the top from the GWB, then friday comming back it took an hour to travel the length of Newark airport main runway, however ............... As I sat there I notice it wasn't just cars etc standing still, there was a line of planes waiting and none of them were going anywhere either ....... must just be a New Jersey thing
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My dentist is in Randolph...Rte 10.
Know any good hairdressers?!!

Patrick - you need to get out of that truck and off those highways sometime. We were in Bergen County yesterday for walks by the Delaware River. So beautiful and green. In the afternoon we were on the shore in Red Bank for dinner. Can't beat it.
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Do people take driving test in NJ....

Please note NJ drivers when you come to the Cape...its route 28...not 28 miles an hour...its a 40 limit a lot of the time...use it...
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Do people take driving test in NJ....

Please note NJ drivers when you come to the Cape...its route 28...not 28 miles an hour...its a 40 limit a lot of the time...use it...
You must have been behind some Vermont based tourists.
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Very brave ! ...... I have been driving trucks in this country for 6 years and NJ is the only state that frightens me
Seconded.
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I f--king hate driving in New Jersey.
Even my US husband starts moaning about the lack of ways to turn around if you take the wrong exit and how 3 feet before the exit is where they put the sign telling you which exit it is.

Driving around Newark makes the Philadelphia road system look like a logical and well thought out and planned system.
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You must have been behind some Vermont based tourists.
No NJ...I think they make up for driving so mad at home...
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