Once you are released from prison, you can go to the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to get a new driver’s license, replace a lost one, or renew a card that has expired. If you believe that your license has been suspended, you should confirm this and figure out what you need to do to get it back. If you were convicted of any kind of drug offense, your license has been suspended.
Prior to your release, you can get a copy of your driver’s license record, which is called an “abstract.” Please contact your social worker if you are interested in obtaining an abstract. The fee for an abstract is $15.00
Upon your release, you can go to the MVC offices in Mercer County (listed below) or a Regional Service Center to request a driver’s abstract. If you have internet access, you can also request an abstract online at http://www.state.nj.us/mvc. You will still have to pay $15.00. If your license was suspended for six months or more because of a drug conviction, the period of the suspension will begin from the time of your release. Other kinds of suspension, such as failure to pay parking tickets, insurance surcharges, or child support, will last until you have paid the fine or worked out a payment plan. For questions about suspension, call the suspension hotline: (609) 292-7500.
Restoration Fees, Tickets, and Surcharges: If you found out that your license has been suspended, you will have to pay a restoration fee of $100.00 in order to have your license reinstated. This does not include any additional fines or surcharges you are required to pay. This fee can be paid at the Regional Service Center (see below). If you have internet access, this fee can be paid online at http://www.state.nj.us/mvc. You can pay your surcharges and parking tickets on this web site as well.