Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of the New Jersey Probationary Driver Program (PDP)

A suspended license in New Jersey can lead to a gap in car insurance coverage. This time between having an active car insurance policy, the "gap", can negatively effect your car insurance rates which, leading to more expensive car insurance.

Find out how can best take a New Jersey Probationary Driver Program class to avoid a suspended license.

What is the cost of the Probationary Driver Program class?
There are two separate fees you will be required to pay: an administrative fee of $75 payable to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) and a class fee payable to the provider whose class you attend. Class fees will vary from provider to provider but will not exceed $75. Contact a provider for details. The total will not exceed $150.

Why do I need to pay the Administrative Fee before calling a licensed training provider?
If you have not paid the Administrative fee, you will not receive credit for taking the course in New Jersey.

Can I take a defensive driving course instead of the Probationary Driver Program class?
No, you must complete a PDP class offered by an approved provider.

Can the training provider charge a cancellation fee?
Before choosing an approved training provider for your New Jersey PDP class, it is important to ask about or review their policies.

The driver may be charged a cancellation or re-scheduling fee. These policies vary depending on when you notify the provider.

I heard that you can arrive late or leave the class early and still get credit for attending. Is this true?
A driver must attend the entire class; those who arrive late or leave early will be reported (to the NJ MVC) as failing to complete. This will result in a drivers license suspension.

I do not want a suspended drivers license. How will the New Jersey MVC know that I completed the class?
Licensed training providers report course completions to the NJ MVC within 48 hours.

I am in the military on assignment outside of New Jersey and cannot take the PDP class at this time. What should I do?
Please contact the MVC at 609-292-7500 X 5034 for additional information.

I am away at school and cannot return to New Jersey to take the PDP class. The notice says my license will be suspended in 120 days from the date of my notice. What should I do?
Please contact the NJ MVC at 609-292-7500 X 5034 for additional information.

My notice says that my NJ drivers license will be suspended if I do not complete the class. What if I have a scheduling conflict, can my time be extended?
No. An ample amount of time, 120 days, has been afforded to New Jersey drivers to make payments, schedule the class and complete the program. Each provider offers different scheduling options.

We suggest you contact a provider that offers a class schedule that best meets your needs.

I paid a training fee, but the provider cancelled my class. They said they would re-schedule me, but my drivers license will be suspended before the class date. What should I do?
Please contact the MVC at 609-292-7500 X 5034 for additional information.

My New Jersey drivers license was suspended for missing the PDP class. What do I need to do?
In order to restore your drivers license in New Jersey, you must pay the $100 restoration fee to the NJ MVC and complete a PDP class with the same or different provider.