How To Know If Your License is Expired?

Having a valid and adequately working license is highly necessary. A driving license is a legal document. It is the actual proof that you are fit to drive and operate a vehicle. Thus it is crucial to keep your consent up to date. If you have an expired license and continue to drive with it, you can be heavily penalized to break the law. Apart from that, if you have an expired license in case of an accident, then your insurance company will refuse to settle your claims. Thus it is essential to renew your license upon expiration regularly. 

It is effortless to renew your license using online methods. But first of all, you need to make sure if your license is expired or has been suspended by N.J. Municipal court. This is because, in case of your license expiration, you will have to deal with the NJ MVC (New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission), while in case of a suspension, you will have to deal with the New Jersey Municipal court. Both of them function very differently.

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The NJ Municipal court suspends your license once the maximum traffic violation point limits are reached. The NJ MVC makes a record of this suspension, and in this case, you will be able to reapply for your license restoration after a certain period. Before applying for the restoration, however, you must clear all the past ticket violation bills and surcharges outstanding. 

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How to Get Your NJ License Back?

First of all, to know the reason for the suspension of your license, you can contact the NJ MVC through the contact numbers – (609) 292-6500 [Paid line] or 1-888-486-3339 (toll-free number). You can ask for any information regarding your license on this call. Since the NJ MVC has all your driving records on a file, it is a great source to obtain that information. It is also essential to keep yourself updated with your driving records information. The following information can be inquired for:

  • The time you will have to wait to restore your license.
  • Any surcharges that you might owe to the NJ MVC and its details.
  • Any MVC license restoration programs you might have to complete, like the DRC or Defence Driving Course. This is for those cases where the license might have been suspended because of Aggressive driving or Drunk and drive cases. 

Suppose N.J has suspended your license. Municipal court, then you can get information relating to this from the NJ MVC. You can even request for this information to be mailed to your address. This will require a fee of $15, and it will be sent to your home address. 

Methods of Paying N.J. License Restoration Fee

The restoration fee for your New Jersey is $100. You can pay this fee online or offline, depending on your convenience. The various methods of this are:

  1.  To pay the fee online first, you need to go to the NJ MVC official online payment page. Other requirements are: 
  • Your Area Zipcode must be the same as that on your driving license record.
  •  Social Security Number (SSN).
  •  Driving license number with no spaces
  • Payment can be made with a credit card or debit card.
  1. You can also pay the fee at your nearby NJ MVC office. 
  2. A cheque can also be issued or a money order payable to the NJ MVC. You must send the payment details and your driving license information to the following address. 

New Jersey Motor Vehicle

Commission, P.O. Box 140,


NJ 08650-0140