How to Find Out if My NJ License is Suspended

By Charles Mathewson
Driving with a suspended license can lead to big fines.
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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. 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."

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.

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.

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 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.