Since May 1, 2010, New Jersey has required all drivers under 21 with a permit or probationary driver's license to display a decal on a car they drive, even if they have been driving for more than six (6) months. Anyone who fails to display this decal faces a fine of $100.

How Are Decals Displayed?

This decal must be displayed in the top left corner of both the front and rear license plates. If you are operating a motorcycle, which only requires one plate, stick one decal on the plate in the top left corner. If the top left corner already has a decal, place it in another corner.

Any other drivers not required to display the decals should remove them before operating the vehicle. Here's how to apply them.

How Long Must You Use Decals?

How long you must use the decals depends on when you first obtained your permit. If you are under the age of 21, you must display the decals during the period you possess a permit or probationary driver's license. They are no longer necessary once you obtain a full privilege driver license.

Anyone can purchase them - permit holders, probationary drivers, or parents - at local motor vehicle agencies or independent retailers, such as Amazon. You can purchase as many as you want, but they can only be bought in pairs.

Follow the New Jersey Graduated Driver's License Rules

There are many requirements and restrictions for permit holders and probationary licenses, and new drivers should be familiar with them. In addition to displaying a decal, as discussed above, the following driving restrictions apply:

  • No driving between the hours of 11:01 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., with limited exceptions
  • Limited to one passenger unless accompanied by a parent or guardian or the passengers are the driver’s children
  • No use of handheld or hands-free electronic devices while driving
  • All occupants must wear seat belts

Violating the rules of the road with a graduated driver's license can come with some serious consequences as well, so know the rules and follow them!

Steven J. Richardson
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