NEW JERSEY — While asking New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers not to crowd or hunker down overnight at local agencies, Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a set of extensions Friday during his coronavirus briefing in Trenton.

Expiration dates have been lengthened for driver’s licenses, non-driver identification, vehicle registrations, inspections, and temporary tags. Any documents that expired between March 13 and May 31 are now valid through Sept. 30, and documents that were set to have expired June 1 to Aug. 31 are now valid through Dec. 31. 

Tuesday’s reopening of agencies four months since the coronavirus pandemic forced offices to close was met with hordes of customers throughout the Garden State. Authorities were called in to assist in various municipalities, where confused crowds quickly amassed.

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The MVC says they assisted with 7,824 new licenses and registrations Tuesday, which was 15% more than one average day in the first quarter of 2020 pre-COVID. The next day saw 8,607 new licenses and registrations processed.

“Please, if you're told the agency has reached capacity don't hang around, don't camp out overnight…and please, while we recognize you may not be happy, by the way, I don't blame you, I’m not happy either, don't take it out on the hard-working MVC employees who are doing their jobs. They are our neighbors, and fellow New Jerseyans,” Murphy said Friday.

The agencies continue to take steps to mitigate COVID-19 exposure, working to prioritize customers it knows it can help in a single business day. Officials said new drivers who passed their road tests will be served first, followed by drivers who can drive under the new expiration date extensions. 

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