TRENTON – The NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chairman has announced the closure of the MVC’s South Plainfield Agency on Oak Tree Road in the Golden Acres Shopping Center. The landlord of the building that houses the MVC offices did not renew the state's lease, which expires May 31.
The last date of operation is set for Saturday, May 13, at 1:00 p.m. to allow a smooth transition of staff and equipment relocation. MVC suggests that customers visit agencies in Flemington, Somerville, and South Brunswick as they are lower volume agencies and would minimize wait times and inconvenience.
Legislators are calling for a replacement facility that provides the same level of services in the South Plainfield area.
“I am outraged at the news of the closing of South Plainfield’s motor vehicle agency. The closing will exacerbate resources at the Edison agency site and leave Middlesex County residents facing even greater delays in services,” said Senator Patrick Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “I can only imagine the lines that will soon be forming at the Edison location."
"We should be focused on improving services and opening more agencies to offer greater convenience rather than closing them down with no immediate plan for a replacement," Diegnan continued. "Why didn't the MVC foresee this problem and lease other space in South Plainfield when the landlord refused to renew the lease?"
“I am deeply disappointed on MVC’s decision to shut down their agency in South Plainfield,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex). “It was less than a year ago that the Governor visited this facility promising to improve customer service for the residents of our state. Rather than making the changes, his administration has decided to close it and not to help to find a new location convenient for those most affected by this closure.”
“To recommend that the residents of South Plainfield now drive an hour away to Flemington for licenses and car inspections is unacceptable,” said Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (D-Middlesex). “I cannot support this decision, and I strongly urge the MVC to relocate to another site in South Plainfield. I am more than willing to work with the MVC to help identify possible locations. Permanent closure is not an acceptable solution.”