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Senator Kristin Corrado

Senator Kristin Corrado

Senate Approves Corrado Bill that Would Cut Government Red Tape for Military Service Members

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The New Jersey Senate advanced legislation today sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado that would allow service members, along with their spouses, who are not state residents, to legally operate motor vehicles in New Jersey without needing to obtain a state driver’s license.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kristin Corrado that would allow service members who are not state residents to legally operate motor vehicles in New Jersey without needing to obtain a state driver’s license was advanced today by the NJ Senate. (©iStock)

“When members of the Armed Forces receive their Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders every two or three years, service members and their families are tasked with moving to one of several military installations across the country,” said Corrado (R-40). “When arriving to a new base, military families often question whether or not a new driver’s license must be obtained for the state they are in. Some states, such as Florida and Maryland, allow service members to drive with a valid out-of-state license. Unfortunately, New Jersey does not currently permit this. My legislation will help rectify that, and make it much easier for our service members and their spouses to legally drive a vehicle in this state without worrying about excessive government red tape.”

Under current law, when an individual moves to New Jersey, they must transfer their out-of-state license and vehicle title/registration within 60 days of their move (120 days during a Public Health Emergency), or before their current license and vehicle registration expires, whichever occurs first.

Corrado’s legislation, S-152/A-325, authorizes a member of the Armed Forces who is not a state resident, along with the member’s spouse and dependents, to operate a motor vehicle on the public roadways of this state without needing to obtain a driver’s license in New Jersey—as long as the person already possess a valid driver’s license issued by their state of residence.

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