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Driving school instructor license

MVC issues licenses to all driving school instructors and agents. The instructor's license is only for use in connection with lessons authorized by a licensed driving school.

How to get a driving school instructor license
  • You must be at least 21 years old and possess a valid driver license with a minimum of four years driving experience
  • Download the application for Authorized Agent [pdf] or Initial Driving School Instructors License [pdf], complete and mail to:

    Motor Vehicle Commission
    Business Licensing Services Bureau
    Driving School Unit
    P.O. Box 168
    225 East State Street
    Trenton, NJ 08666-0170

  • All applicants are required to complete special testing of law-knowledge, driving tests and visual screening acuity. In addition, applicants may be required to submit proof of instructor qualifications
Requirements after you become a licensed instructor
  • You must have your licenses at all times during teaching sessions
  • If you were licensed after July 1, 1984, you are required to complete either the six or eight-hour National Safety Defensive Driving Program. Evidence of completion of this program shall be filed with MVC
  • You must remain in the vehicle used for testing (except a motorcycle) at all times during which a student is behind the wheel for instruction and the keys are in the ignition
  • An instructor cannot validate a student learner's permit unless the student has completed the required six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and the permit has been properly endorsed by an authorized person from the licensed driving school

Authorized agent requirements
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age with good moral character, a valid driver license and a driving record devoid of offenses detailed in N.J.S.A 39:4-50, 39:4-50.2 and/or 39:4-49.1
  • Once licensed, an authorized agent may transport the students to a New Jersey Driver Testing Center to take the road test or to purchase a permit
  • An authorized agent is not authorized to instruct a driving student, whether it be behind the wheel or in a classroom
Driving School Supplies
  • All licensed driving schools must submit their supply orders by completing this form. Please email or fax it to the Business Licensing Unit at blsmvc@dot.state.nj.us

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Last Updated: April 12, 2013