A valid license must be carried at all times when driving (N.J.S.A. 39:3-29). It is important to remember to renew the license before it expires. If a driver license is not renewed for three years, or if the motorist may not renew due to a license suspension, he/she must reapply and retake the vision screening and written and road tests (N.J.A.C. 13:21-8.17). It is the responsibility of the motorist to renew his/her license. Renewal notices are sent to motorists up to 90 days prior to the expiration date. If a renewal form is not received by mail, a form may be obtained at any MVC agency. When renewing a license, a motorist must bring his/her expiring license, a completed renewal form and the documents required by 6 Points of ID Verification (N.J.A.C. 13:21-8.2) to any MVC agency. When a basic license is renewed, any endorsements (motorcycle, commercial vehicle, boat) must also be renewed in order to drive or operate the endorsed vehicle.
If a motorist enters the military and has a valid New Jersey license, he/she should renew the license before it expires. Most licenses may be renewed up to six months in advance of expiration.