TRENTON, NJ — During his Wednesday press conference in Trenton, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the frustrations of New Jerseyans who waited in long lines at the state's Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities when they reopened this week. 

A line formed at the Springfield MVC on the same day as Murphy's press conference can be seen in the photos above.

"I completely understand the frustration felt by every customer forced to wait on long lines yesterday at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) locations throughout the state," said Murphy, who blamed the lines on months of backlog due to COVID-19. "What many experienced was not up to their expectations, or ours, and we will do better. You’re not happy, and neither am I."

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The governor added that he does not want anyone camping out overnight at MVC facilitities.

"Stay home and stay safe," he said. See if you can conduct business online. Wait a few more days, but don’t camp out. If your transaction can be completed through MVC’s online services, use it. Skip the line, skip the trip."

Expiration dates were automatically extended at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown for driver’s licenses, permits, non-driver IDs, commercial registrations, inspections and temporary tags.

"I encourage you to take advantage of this extended time to lessen the crowding," said Murphy, adding that many things, such as renewing licenses, can be done online. "You don't need to go to Motor Vehicles to do that (renew your license)."

To help ease congestion, MVC facilities will remain open on Mondays throughout July—a reversal from prior plans—and will now be open six days a week.

In order to ensure that MVC facilities are not understaffed, the governor is also exempting MVC personnel from work furloughs. 

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