Figure Out the Municipalities in New Jersey that are Causing the Problem
You may have gotten tickets many years ago and can't recall what these tickets are for, or where they're from. If your state's "Division of Motor Vehicles" or "Motor Vehicle Commission" has advised you that you have a license hold/restriction in New Jersey, the first step is to call the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission and ask about any outstanding warrants/tickets that are attributed to your license. Call (609)292-6500 and speak to a representative. You'll need your NJ License Number or your Social Security number to allow the representative access to your records.
Figure out the Charges/Warrants For Each Municipality
The NJ MVC will not always be able to pull up the exact detail of the matter if it is older than 10 years. Once you know the municipalities where your outstanding issues are, give the respective municipal courts a call to discuss if your tickets are "payable" or if there are warrants and appearances required.
Address the Issue(s)
If your ticket is "payable," this means that you can send money to the court and plead guilty to the ticket without appearing. While this may save you the trouble of coming back to New Jersey, it could have significant consequences depending on the severity of the ticket. For example, a parking ticket may only be a monetary fine, but a Driving While Suspended ticket could cause your license to be suspended in another state, or at the very least, prevent you from restoring your license in your state for some time.
If your issues include warrants and bail amounts, you'll need to post bail before being issued a court date. You'll need to appear in court (once or more) to resolve the matter, and will likely be obligated to pay sanctions for failing to appear on the matter for all the time that has passed.
An attorney may be able to help in either case.
Hire an Experienced License Restoration / Traffic Ticket Attorney
A license restoration attorney will be experienced in dealing with out-of-state license restoration issues, and can help resolve outstanding matters by potentially appearing on a client's behalf, avoiding the need for a client to commute to New Jersey altogether. A license restoration / traffic ticket lawyer can also negotiate a plea and work to downgrade a ticket and minimize Failure to Appear sanctions. An extraordinary amount of time and money can be saved through an attorney, and the process will undoubtedly be expedited with a attorney handling all contact with the courts.
If New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission is preventing you from renewing/obtaining a driver's license in New Jersey or any other state, follow this legal guide, and consider hiring an attorney to resolve your matter(s) for you.
Additional resources provided by the author
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
License Suspension and Restorations Department
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