FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does Hickory Driving School offer the vision and written exams at their office?
    • Yes. Hickory Driving School has been issued the vision and written test endorsements by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
  2. Can a parent purchase a permit?
    • A parent CANNOT purchase a permit for a 16-year- old without a Driving School present. A parent CAN purchase a permit for a 17-year- old with proper identification.
  3. How long is the student required to have their permit in order to take their road test on their 17th birthday?
    • The student must have their permit validated for 6 months prior to their 17 th birthday.
  4. Where can I meet Hickory Driving School to acquire a permit?
    • - Hickory Driving School office
      1110 Harrison Street Frenchtown, NJ 08825
  5. When do you offer appointments at the Hickory Driving School office?
    • - Sunday: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
      - Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
      ***Arrangements can be made in special circumstances***
      We CAN control how long your appointment takes at the Hickory Driving School office.
  6. What credentials do I need to bring to acquire a permit?
    • - Original birth certificate with a raised seal or a valid passport
      - Social Security card / Social Security number
      - Blue card stating that the student has passed the written test if the test was taken
      - Corrective lenses if worn
      - Parent’s driver’s license
  7. What are the parameters for the written exam?
    • The written test consists of 50 questions which a student has to score an 80% (40 questions) or higher.
  8. What happens if the student fails the written exam?
    • The student will have to wait seven days to retake the exam.
  9. What are the parameters for the vision exams?
    • The minimum visual acuity requirement is 20/50. If the student does not meet these requirements they will need to have a licensed New Jersey eye doctor complete a vision evaluation form.
  10. What happens after my child's permit is acquired?
    • Hickory Driving School will assign an instructor. The instructor will then contact the student directly to schedule driving lessons.
  11. Are your cars dual controlled?
    • Yes. Hickory Driving School cars have a brake on the driver’s and passenger’s side.
  12. Do you have insurance to cover my student during their 6 hours of lessons?
    • A Parent’s Personal Auto Policy or Personal Injury Protection covers any injuries from an auto accident. In the event that the student’s parents do not have a Personal Auto Policy, the Hickory Driving School’s Commercial Auto Policy, Basic Personal Injury Protection, would respond for the students’ injuries. Hickory Driving School’s Commercial Auto policy is secondary coverage to the parent’s Personal Auto Policy.
  13. How are the 6 hours of driving lessons broken up?
    • Depending on the student’s ability, the normal lessons consist of two, 3 hour lessons or three, 2 hour lessons.
  14. Do you validate my child's permit after the 6 hours?
    • Yes. The permit will be validated if the student’s skills and time allow.
  15. Do insurance companies offer discounts for a student who completes 6 hours of driving lessons?
    • We cannot answer for all of the insurance companies but the majority do offer discounts. After the student's permit is validated follow the steps from Hickory Driving School to acquire an Insurance Certificate.
  16. Do I need to have the red decals on the car my child is driving?
    • Yes. You need a pair of decals for each car the student will be operating.
  17. Where can I purchase the red decals?
    • You can purchase the red decals at the Hickory Driving School office or any DMV for $4.00.
  18. What happens if I lose my permit?
    • If you are under 17-years- old, a duplicate permit can be purchased by the parent/guardian if the mandatory six hours behind the wheel training was complete and the original permit was validated.
  19. What is the Early Bird Road Program?
    • Get a student learner's permit
      - Visit a MVC Agency that offers Driver Testing Services with a licensed driving instructor
      - Pass the written exam. You can study by reading MVC's Driver Manual
      - Pass the vision exam.
      - Bring a primary ID (Certified copy U.S. birth certificate with an official seal, Unexpired US Passport, US Department of State birth certificate, US adoption papers, certificate of naturalization or certificate of citizenship)
      - Show proof of enrollment in a driver training course
      - Present a signed letter with parental or guardian consent
      - Pay fee
      - An approved course is six full hours of behind-the- wheel instruction in a dual-controlled vehicle. These hours are exclusive of time spent at the MVC for permit purchasing or testing. The instructor must purchase the permit, which is valid for two years.
      - Upon successful completion of an approved Driving School six hour behind-the-wheel course, the student learner must return to an MVC Agency, offering Driver Testing Services, to have their permit validated and to schedule their Road Test appointment. The permit must be validated prior to any supervised practice driving.
      - If you are under the age of 21, your permit must be validated for 6 months prior to taking your road test.
      - Permits are valid for two years and must be carried when operating a vehicle
      - If your permit is lost or stolen, you must purchase a duplicate permit. A duplicate permit can be purchased by the parent/guardian of a 16-year- old driver if the mandatory six hours behind the wheel training was complete and the original permit was validated.

      Practice supervised driving for at least six months
      - You must observe the following restrictions during the supervised driving period:
      - Display a reflectorized decal on each license plate (front/back); decals available at Hickory Driving School office or a motor vehicle agency, $4 per pair
      - No driving after 11:01 p.m. and before 5:00 a.m.
      - You must be accompanied in the front seat by an adult supervising driver who is at least 21 years of age and who possesses a valid New Jersey driver license and has a minimum of three years driving experience
      - Parent(s), guardian(s) or dependent(s) are allowed as passengers. A dependent is a permit or probationary driver's child, not siblings
      - Only one additional passenger is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
      - Cell phones, hand held video games or any other hands-free interactive, wireless communication device are prohibited.
      - Seat belts must be worn at all times
      - See GDL Exemptions for hours-related exemptions for employment or religious reasons

      Get a probationary license
      - You must be at least 17-years- old
      - Complete the supervised driving period
      - Pass the 6 point ID requirements
      - Pass MVC's road test
      - You must return after one year from date of issue to get a basic driver license Practice unsupervised driving for at least one year
      - You must observe the following requirements and restrictions while driving with a probationary (formerly provisional) license:
      - Display a reflectorized decal on each license plate (front/back); decals available at Hickory Driving School office or a motor vehicle agency,, $4 per pair
      - No driving after 11:01 p.m. and before 5:00 a.m.
      - Parent(s), guardian(s) or dependent(s) are allowed as passengers. A dependent is a permit or probationary driver's child, not siblings
      - Only one additional passenger is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
      - Cell phones, hand held video games or any other hands-free interactive, wireless communication device are prohibited.
      - Seat belts must be worn at all times
      - See GDL Exemptions for hours-related exemptions for employment or religious reasons

      Get a basic driver license
      - You must be at least 18-years- old
      - Complete the unsupervised driving period
      - Go to any MVC Agency with your probationary license and other documents to pass the 6-point ID requirements
      - Pay $24 license fee
  20. What are the GDL laws?
    • The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws are recognized as the single most effective tool for reducing teen driver crashes, injuries and death. There are 3 Stages:

      1. Special learners permit driving restrictions
      - Display a reflectorized decal on each license plate (front/back); decals available at Hickory Driving School office or a motor vehicle agency, $4 per pair
      - No driving after 11:01 p.m. and before 5:00 a.m.
      - You must be accompanied in the front seat by an adult supervising driver who is at least 21 years of age and who possesses a valid New Jersey driver license and has a minimum of three years driving experience
      - Parent(s), guardian(s) or dependent(s) are allowed as passengers. A dependent is a permit or probationary driver's child, not siblings
      - Only one additional passenger is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
      - Cell phones, hand held video games or any other hands-free interactive, wireless communication device are prohibited.
      - Seat belts must be worn at all times

      2. Examination permit restrictions
      - You must be at least 17 years old and not in suspension status
      - Display a reflectorized decal on each license plate (front/back); decals available at Hickory Driving School office or a motor vehicle agency, $4 per pair
      - No driving after 11:01 p.m. and before 5:00 a.m.
      - You must be accompanied in the front seat by an adult supervising driver who is at least 21 years of age and who possesses a valid New Jersey driver license and has a minimum of three years driving experience
      - Parent(s), guardian(s) or dependent(s) are allowed as passengers. A dependent is a permit or probationary driver's child, not siblings
      - Only one additional passenger is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
      - If you are at least 21 years old, there are no passenger or hour restrictions
      - Cell phones, hand held video games or any other hands-free interactive, wireless communication device are prohibited.
      - Seat belts must be worn at all times

      3. Probationary driver license restrictions
      - Display a reflectorized decal on each license plate (front/back); decals available at Hickory Driving School office or a motor vehicle agency, $4 per pair
      - No driving after 11:01 p.m. and before 5:00 a.m. See GDL Exemptions for exceptions due to employment or religious reasons
      - Parent(s), guardian(s) or dependent(s) are allowed as passengers. A dependent is a permit or probationary driver's child, not siblings
      - Only one additional passenger is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
      - Cell phones, hand held video games or any other hands-free interactive, wireless communication device are prohibited.
      - Seat belts must be worn at all times

      GDL Exemptions
      - Permit and probationary drivers under 21 are eligible for hours-related exemptions for employment or religious reasons
      - Drivers must carry legible documentation on letterhead signed by the employer, organization or religious institution stating the reasons for this request
      - Include signature, title, address and telephone number of designated official
  21. When and where can I schedule my road test?
  22. What credentials do I need for a road test?
    • - Visit the following website: http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/Licenses/ident_ver_posterpint.pdf
      - The same identification you used to obtain a permit
      - Valid examination permit
      - An accompanying licensed driver
      - License plate decals. Red, reflective decals must be on both plates for vehicle used for road test of permit drivers under age 21
      - A registered vehicle with current inspection sticker and insurance card. Vehicle cannot have a center console unless the emergency brake is accessible from the passenger seat.

      Examiner must be able to reach either the foot brake or parking brake
      - Rental cars are only acceptable if the driver taking the test is included on the rental contract as an additional driver and is of contract age
      - Rental of a driving school auto is permitted
      - 6-point ID and address requirements
  23. Where is the road test conducted and how long does it take?
    • - A safety specialist will accompany you while driving in an off-road testing area or on a public road course
      - The test will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes
      - Hickory Driving School usually schedules road tests at the following DMVs:

      Bakers Basin DMV
      3200 Brunswick Pike Route 1 North
      Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

      Randolph DMV
      160 Canfield Avenue
      Randolph, NJ 07869

      Hickory Driving School offers road test services. Call the office to make your appointment sooner rather than later.

  24. What skills are tested during a road test?
    • - Driving in reverse
      - Stopping at appropriate signs
      - Nearing corners or intersections
      - Stopping smoothly
      - Sitting properly
      - Turning around
      - Steering properly
      - Parallel parking
      - Yielding to right-of- way
  25. Are back up cameras allowed for a road test?
    • As of August 31, 2016 - Backup cameras and parking sensors that have been installed on a motor vehicle will now be permitted to be used during a road test.
  26. What are the reasons my car would possibly cause me to fail a road test?
    • - It is deemed unsafe or unsuitable for a road test
      - It has an improper, expired, or no inspection sticker
      - Equipment in the vehicle prevents the examiner from reaching the foot or parking brakes
      - It is a self-parking vehicle
      - There is a defect or condition that affects the safe operation of the vehicle including poor brakes, a defective parking brake, unsafe tires, unreasonably unclean interior, a fast engine idle or missing seatbelts
  27. What happens after I pass my road test?
    • The examiner will give you an authorization slip in addition to your permit to get your license at an MVC Agency.
  28. What happens if I fail my road test?
    • - You must wait at least two weeks before taking the test again
      - If you fail more than twice, MVC may require you to wait six months before taking the road test again
  29. What other services does Hickory Driving School offer?
    • - Road Test Service
      Call the Hickory Driving School office to make your appointment.
      - Hourly Brush Up Lessons
      Call the Hickory Driving School office to make your appointment.