Getting a permit at 17 in NJ?

Two years ago, If you got your permit at age 17, you had to wait 6 months before obtaining your probationary license (driving by yourself). But someone told me that I could get by with just 30 days instead of 6 months, is this true or is it still 6 months? I need the car to drive to school and back, can I not do this until I get my probationary license?

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