How to Find Out if My NJ License is Suspended

By Charles Mathewson ; Updated June 05, 2017
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If you've been in trouble with New Jersey authorities, make sure you have a valid driver license before you get behind the wheel. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, or NJMVC, can suspend your license for motor-vehicle violations, failing to pay child support, driving a boat while intoxicated or setting false fire alarms, among other infractions. If you drive with a suspended license, you are liable for further suspension of up to two years and fines of up to $4,000. Before the commission suspends your license, it will send a "Notice of Scheduled Suspension" to the last address you have given to the commission. If you have moved without giving notice, you may not know you have a suspended license. If you suspect a suspension, check your "Driver History Abstract."

Get Online

Go to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission website. In the column, "Online Services," click on "Driver History Abstract." You must have a MyMVC account number and a credit card to buy the abstract.

Collect Your Driver's History in Person

Go to an NJMVC motor vehicle agency or regional service center. Ask for the "Driver History Abstract Request," also known as Form DO-21, and fill it out. Write a check for $15 to the NJMVC and show your driver license. You will receive a copy of your abstract in person. Keep in mind that you will have to surrender your license if it shows a suspension.

Receive Your Driver's History By Mail

Get the "Driver History Abstract Request," or Form DO-21, online by going to the NJMVC website. Complete the form. In an envelope, enclose the form, a $15 check and a photocopy of your driver license. Mail them to the address that is given on the form. The NJMVC will send you a copy of your abstract within seven business days of receiving your request.

About the Author

Charles Mathewson is a freelance writer residing in Plymouth, Mass. He worked as a newspaper reporter and editor beginning in 1988 for "Memorial Press Group" in Plymouth, Mass. and the "Brockton Enterprise." He has also published on Patch.com. Mathewson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goddard College. He was selected to participate in the Nieman Seminar for Narrative Editors at Harvard University.