Our License to Succeed Program
A driver’s license is often a key to job readiness, as employers in many fields require job applicants to possess a valid license. However, a $50 or $75 parking or toll fine that a driver with a middle income pays without a thought quickly becomes unmanageable for a very low-income person. The unpaid fine snowballs into revocation of driving privileges and, ultimately, a severe job and family hardship.
The only non-profit organization in Mercer County that provides license restoration assistance, Arm In Arm works with other agencies and with our own workforce development trainees and other clients, providing administrative assistance and partial aid to jumpstart and supplement clients’ stake in paying fines and reinstatement fees and to establish manageable payment plans.
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Stories by National Public Radio (December 29, 2014; January 5, 2015) and The New York Times reveal a growing public awareness about the economic effects of license suspensions. The stories echo those of men and women who turn to License to Succeed: They want to improve their earning power through a restored license, but are not able to pay the accumulated fines, court fees, and restoration costs. Job-hunters lacking a driver’s license are restricted to local employers they can reach via public transportation; have limited child care options; and do not qualify for jobs that require a license including security, custodial, home health care aides, warehouse, and driver positions. Our own License to Succeed client Calvin Brown shares his story here.
Through License to Succeed, Arm In Arm improves job prospects for adults, many of them parents who receive public assistance. With driver’s licenses restored and fines and fees resolved, adults are freed from relying on restrictive bus routes to travel between work and child care and can qualify for jobs in more fields of employment.
I want to apply to License to Succeed
Am I eligible?
- I am a Mercer County resident
- My NJ driving privileges are suspended, and I wish to restore my license for better job opportunities
- Assessment of my eligibility will be based on my income, total amount of fines, my previous efforts to pay, and my ability to sustain monthly installments if applicable
Required for License to Succeed applicants
- Current resume and proof of active job search
- Photo Identification
- Proof of household income for one month, such as your most recent pay or benefits stub
- NJ MVC Fee Payment Authorization Form (pink form)
- NJ MVC printout of unresolved tickets, by municipality
- From NJ MVC, obtain contact info for collection agency handling surcharges
- From NJ MVC, verify whether driver exam and road test are required
- For TANF recipients only: letter of denial from Roads to Success
- As of May 15, 2017: email email@example.com to begin the application process. Include your full name, phone number, and address in your email message. Please obtain the required information above before emailing us. You will receive a reply email with further instructions within two business days.
Coordinators: Margaret Cowell and Dara Lewis
License to Succeed launched in 2009 with initial funding from the Karma Foundation, and has received grant support from the Social Outreach Committee of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton and the Junior League of Greater Princeton.