TRENTON, NJ — After the crush of residents descended upon state Motor Vehicle Commission agencies during this week's reopening, state officials have taken several steps aimed to quell the overwhelming demand for services.
Expiration dates of licenses, registrations, inspections stickers and temporary tags were further extended to give customers more time to renew. Documents expiring between March 13 and May 31 have been extended to September 30; those expiring June 1 to August 31 have been extended to December 31.
This extension covers:
- All standard driver licenses (including permits).
- Standard nondriver IDs.
- Vehicle registrations.
- Temporary tags.
Commercial driver licenses were previously extended to September 30.
In addition, MVC facilities will remain open on Mondays throughout July — a reversal from prior plans. They now will be open six days a week — Monday through Saturday — from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, they will be closed tomorrow, July 11.
The commission will implement a ticket system based on an overnight capacity assessment at each facility. Tickets will be distributed to an established number of customers that will be served that day, and the remaining customers will be asked to return another day.
As part of this ticket distribution system, new drivers — those who have completed requirements for a new permit or license — will be given preference tto receive tickets at licensing centers. Already-licensed drivers (who will be able to drive under the extension) will be served after all new drivers have been served, according to the MVC.
In addition, individuals will not be allowed to line up on MVC property after capacity is reached and will need to return after 7 a.m. the next morning.
Also, to ensure that MVC facilities are not understaffed, Gov. Phil Murphy has exempted MVC personnel from work furloughs.
On July 7— the first day of the reopening after a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus crisis — MVC processed 7,824 new registrations and licenses, representing15 percent more than an average day in the first quarter of 2020, according to an MVC press release.
July 8’s numbers stood at 8,607 new registrations and licenses. These totals do not cover all transactions.
Before heading to an agency, MVC Chief Administrator Sue Fulton advises New Jerseyans to see if the transaction can be made online at NJMVC.gov.
“This will free up important space in our agencies for people who have no choice but to come and do their transaction in person,’’ she said.
If a visit to an agency is required, residents are asked to check NJMVC.gov to make sure they have the right documents for the transaction and to be updated on the latest developments.
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