New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Adjusts During Coronavirus Pandemic

By: Jaina Louise Winston, Writer / Follow South Jersey Community Resources Intern

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

VINELAND, N.J. — On July 16, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) offices reopened to the public. The MVCs around New Jersey were able to service citizens during the pandemic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Student drivers were finally able to receive their licenses, and some were even able to take their road and written tests. Although the agencies have reopened, some processes are being handled differently than they were pre-pandemic, and there are some things customers should know before visiting.

It’s important to note that the MVC has made online transactions available to its customers. Upon reopening, an overwhelming number of people needed to complete transactions. If your transaction can be completed online, the MVC prefers that you do so through their online platforms — “skip the trip,” as it were. However, if your transaction can’t be processed online and you have to visit the agency, the buildings will all follow CDC guidelines relevant to the coronavirus pandemic. This means anyone without an appointment will have to stand six feet apart from anyone in line. Face masks are required in and outside the building while waiting in line. If a customer is not able to wear a face mask for a qualified reason, the local MVC will make arrangements.

To combat the number of people needing to complete transactions, Governor Murphy announced the decision to open agencies six days a week. The state issued a ticketing system for Motor Vehicle Commission customers. The MVC will make an assessment of the number of customers each location can serve the following day. Tickets will be given out up to that number, and remaining customers will be asked to come back another day. The new system allows for the heavy flow of customers to be steadily taken care of.

In addition, the MVC has given driver’s license extensions to minimize in-person transactions. All driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, inspection stickers, and temporary tags that expired between March 13th and May 31 have been extended to September 30, according to the Motor Vehicle Commission’s official website. Most renewals of some of those documents – including driver licenses, non-driver IDs, registrations, and some commercial registrations — can be processed online at Customers can change their address, pay fees, and access other services online as well.

The staff at the MVC ask for patience during these unprecedented times. They would like the customers to know that they are working diligently to service the citizens of New Jersey in a timely manner. Customers should know that appointments can be made up to 30 days in advance and should be made before arriving at the MVC.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.