Traffic Violations

The Most Unique New Jersey Driving Laws

How long have you lived in New Jersey? Whether you’ve recently moved or you’ve lived here your entire life, you know that New Jersey has a different sort of atmosphere from the rest of the US. Those differences extend to our driving laws, too. With lots of commuters, busy roadways, and a fair amount of tourism, New Jersey driving laws reflect its differences.

Driver Age Restrictions

It’s the ultimate rite of passage for the American teenager: getting a driver’s license after turning 16. That is, it’s a rite of passage unless one lives in New Jersey. Much to the dismay of New Jersey’s teenage population, this state doesn’t allow teens to get a license until age 17. It’s part of the “Early Bird Road,” which requires teen drivers to earn their driving privileges in 3 steps. New Jersey teenagers can apply for a learner’s permit at age 16, get a restricted driver’s license at age 17, and then get a full driver’s license at age 18.

Out-of-State Transfers

Age-related driving laws don’t just impact 15- to 18-year-olds, either. If you move here from out of state and happen to be under 21 years old, New Jersey driving laws prevent you from simply transferring your driver’s license. You’ll have to take a New Jersey driving test as if applying for a license for the first time. Many young drivers find this law annoying, but you should take the test and get your new license sooner rather than later. This way, you’ll avoid potential legal difficulties.

Speed Limits and Racing

NewJersey has some unique speed limit laws. For instance, you’ll notice that New Jersey has faster speed limits than most of the US. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get into trouble for speeding here.  As a matter of fact, New Jersey police officers issue hundreds of thousands of speeding tickets to drivers every year.

New Jersey Driving Laws

Do you have any questions about New Jersey driving laws? Do you need legal advice after getting a citation? Leon Matchin can help. As a skilled defense attorney, Leon helps drivers who have been accused of all types of traffic violations. If you need legal help, contact Leon for your free consultation. Call (833) 732-7320, or email

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