Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S)

We have a 16 yr. old, why must I go through a driving school?

The driving age in NJ is 17. The state of NJ has an “early bird route” that allows a student driver, at the age of 16, to drive with supervision only after they receive a minimum of 6 hours of behind the wheel driving instruction with a NJ state-certified driving school.

Can I take my 16 yr. old to MVC and get the permit myself?

No. The driving school must do all that for you. In fact, if the student driver loses their permit, you must contact the driving school to get a replacement for him or her.

Do your cars have dual controls?

Yes. All of our vehicles have a dual brake system, allowing the instructor to stop the car if (or when) necessary.  This is required by the state of NJ.

My child has not taken the high school driver education class and has not taken the written knowledge test. What do we do?

Every new driver must pass the written knowledge test (NJ Permit Test), but there is NO requirement for the high school course in order to get a learners permit. We can easily work out a day to meet you and your 16 yr. old at the Lodi motor vehicle station, FREE of charge, for the NJ Permit Test. You can find review questions and answers  that will be helpful for study.

How long is the wait for our child to get on the road and start their training with New Life Driving School?

We generally have an active list of students taking our courses and our wait time averages about two weeks.  We suggest that you schedule in advance, and ensure that you have all of your paperwork completed timely, so that we can begin your 6 hour behind the wheel driver training as soon as possible.

What is the process for scheduling the NJ Road Test?

New Life Driving School will schedule the appointment to take the behind the wheel NJ Road Test when the permit is issued.  The date of the exam will be listed on the lower center portion of the back side of the NJ learners permit. Most  NJ Road Test appointments are scheduled for early morning on the date of the student driver’s 17th birthday.

Is there anything I can do besides 6 hours behind the wheel training to improve my driving or the chances of passing the NJ road test the first time?

Yes! New Life Driving School offers additional training courses for future new drivers of all kinds. We will do everything we can to make sure you get your NJ drivers license, and are the safest driver possible. See our services page for more details.

Can I use a backup camera and parking sensors when taking my NJ Road Test?

Yes! You are allowed to use these tools if/when your vehicle is equipped with them; however, New Life Driving School would like you to know how to do this without these tools in the case when you may be in a vehicle that is not equipped with them.

I’ve taken my written test and 6 hours, but I’m still not feeling confident. What can I do?

First off, you’re not alone!New Life Driving School offers additional training behind the wheel, whether you’ve trained with a different driving school or us. Further, the Drive Safer Car Control course is another great option to consider. Please refer to our services page for more detail.

Can you take our child to the road test when the time comes?

Of course!  New Life Driving School enjoys seeing our clients through the entire process.  Not only are we happy to schedule the time to take your student driver to the road test, and use our vehicle for the test, but many of our clients request a refresher lesson as part of this service.  If you are interested in scheduling a road test or a refresher lesson, please call our office at 201-689-1999 or email us at and we will be happy to provide you with current pricing and get you on the schedule!

Are six hours of driving instruction enough for my child?

That’s a GREAT QUESTION!  The state of NJ has mandated that a 6 hour behind the wheel training program is the MINIMUM to be eligible to receive a learners permit for any person that is at least 16 years of age, and less than 17 years of age.

The 6 hour behind the wheel training provides a foundation for students to prepare them to begin supervised practice driving with their parent or guardian.  For many students, this is simply not enough time.

New Life Driving School views our relationship with you as a partnership, and we are always available to answer your questions, and provide some telephone support to help you along the journey of teaching your teenager how to safely operate their vehicle.

If they complete the 6 hours and we feel that they are not ready for you, we will discuss this with you, and you can determine if you would like to purchase some additional training.  Some parents will work with their teen for a few months, and then schedule a few hours of additional time with us to work on some difficult areas, teach them to drive in alternate types of traffic or weather conditions, etc.

If you are interested in discussing these additional services, please feel free to contact us at 201-689-1999 or email us at

Do I still need to take the NJ permit test if I am older than age 16?

Yes. Any new driver younger than 21 years old is required to complete the New Jersey MVC GDL program. For more information, please visit to view the full GDL guidelines and restrictions.

Can I use MY car for a road test?

Yes you can, with some stipulation. It is not required that a driving school take your child to the road test; however, you MUST have an emergency brake in the middle of the front seats IF your vehicle has a full center console.  If the center console denies access to the brake pedal for an emergency stop by the inspector, you are not allowed to use that vehicle.

If you do not have a suitable vehicle, or if you would like to have New Life Driving School take your student driver to the test, we are happy to provide you with current pricing for this service and to get you on our schedule.  Please feel free to contact us at 201-689-1999 or email us at

Does New Life Driving School offer defensive driving courses?

DS LOGO MARK-FINAL 1-01New Life Driving School is proud to offer a defensive driving and car control course through our partners at Drive Safer.  The Drive Safer course will provide you with exceptional training in how to safely operate and control you car in the face of real world dangers.  Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate to provide to your auto insurance company for a potential discount as well as being able to erase up to 2 points from your NJ driver license.

Is there a way to obtain a discount on my auto insurance if my new driver or I am a New Life Driving School Customer?

You may be eligible for insurance discounts after completing the 6 hour behind the wheel training program and upon receiving the NJ practice permit. Check with your insurance provider for details.DS LOGO MARK-FINAL 1-01

Further, you can take a Drive Safer Basic Car Control and Defensive Driving Course, which will make you eligible to receive auto insurance discounts and even erase up to 2 points from your driver license.

Where To Find Us

New Life Driving School

New Life Driving School

Address | Phone | Email


Top Driving LLC
d/b/a New Life Driving School
154 Godwin Avenue
Midland Park, NJ 07432
NJ Driving School License #: DRS-000259
NJ Vision Test License #: DVE-000100
NJ Written Exam License #: DWE-000098


(201) 689-1999

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