BAYONNE, NJ - People seeking to use the motor vehicle Commission offices on the Jersey City/Bayonne border got a rude awakening Tuesday when they discovered massive lines and confusion instead of the smooth operations expected previous to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bayonne was not alone. MVC offices across the state had hours-long lines and long waits in temperatures that at times reached the high 90s. In some ways, MVC offices around the state reverted to the nightmarish waits that were typical until an overhaul of the former NJDMV was fully realized in 2003.

Long lines still plagued the Bayonne office and at least four police cars were posted at the sight on Thursday and workers limited the number of people allowed in the building causing lines to form that extended throughout the strip mall.

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While most of the Agency’s operations were suspended by Gov. Phil Murphy’s declared state of emergency on March 15, pick up and drop off operations resumed in June along with vehicle inspection on June 29. This week, it was supposed to be time for the whole suite of MVC services to be on offer in person.

Murphy originally proposed that the MVC offices would only operate five days a week, closing on Sunday and Monday for sanitation. But the massive backlog forced him to reissue his order and allow MVC offices to operate Monday through Friday, this week, and then Monday through Saturday starting in mid-July.

Murphy urged residents to do business online if possible, at NJMVC.gov.

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