When you move to New Jersey, you are required to obtain a New Jersey driver’s license within 60 days of making New Jersey your residence. As a commercial driver, if you plan on staying in New Jersey for longer than six months you are also required to transfer your existing CDL to a New Jersey CDL within 60 days. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is responsible for handling such requests.
Steps to Transfer an Existing CDL to a New Jersey CDL:
The first step you will need to take is obtain a standard New Jersey driver’s license. This can be done by visiting your local MVC agency with your active out-of-state driver’s license. You will need to bring various forms of identification, which include a birth certificate, social security card, passport (if available) as well as proof of residency in the form of a utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage contract, pay stub, etc. If your out-of-state license is not active, you will not have to take any written or driving tests. You will be awarded a four-year New Jersey license after all information is processed.
The next step is to gather the necessary materials for transferring your existing CDL to a New Jersey CDL. You will need to gather your medical exam form, which must be signed by a licensed physician. If your medical exam form is more than one year old you will need to have a new medical exam form filled out and signed.
Locate a MVC agency that features a driver testing center as well as one that does vision tests. Upon your arrival you will need to complete the New Jersey CDL application. You will also be required to provide all necessary documentation within this application.
You will be required to pay a $10 fee for a CDL permit transfer. After doing so you will be required to take a vision test. You will not be required to take a written or driving examination if your CDL is currently valid. If you need a hazardous waste endorsement you will be required to pass a criminal background check as well as pass a written examination.
Once you have passed all necessary examinations, you will be required to pay the $42 licensing fee as well as $2 for each endorsement. Take note, there will be a CDL transfer fee, which varies from year-to-year.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission: Transfer Out-of-State CDL
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission: Replacing an Out-of-State License – Transferring Out-of-State License
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission: MVC Agency Locations
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission: Medical Examination Report Form
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission: New Jersey Commercial Driver License Manual