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Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies open? What new protocols or practices are in place?

Last Updated: 04/29/2021

Motor Vehicle Commission agencies are open to the public six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays.

Most transactions are now being conducted online or by appointment only. Transactions that can be done online are not available in person. Don't come in until you've checked. The MVC has changed the way it does business.

LICENSING AND VEHICLE CENTERS

In order to maintain social distancing, some agencies have been designated as Licensing Centers and some as Vehicle Centers.

Vehicle Centers are by appointment only and will only process vehicle transactions:

  • New registrations/titles (including transfers) for individuals
  • Dealer & Salvage registrations/titles in bulk
  • License plate transactions.
  • Renewals for registrations that expired more than 6 months ago or are ineligible for online renewal

Note: No walk-ins are allowed at Vehicle Centers. You must make an appointment online.

For the safety of residents 65 and older, special senior hours have been set aside every Tuesday from 2 pm to 4 pm at Vehicle Centers for new registrations or titles.

Licensing Centers will only process license transactions:

  • First-time licenses and permits (REAL ID will be an option).
  • Out-of-state transfers
  • CDLs, TVRs (temporary visa restricted licenses), and any license renewals not eligible for online renewal
  • REAL ID

Note: Walk-in services are only available at Licensing Centers for name and gender marker changes, and purchase of red decals. All other transactions at Licensing Centers are available by appointment only. Make an appointment online.

In addition, a new law now allows most people to renew online at mymvc.state.nj.us/license-renewal/ – even if your renewal notice says you have to renew in person. Customers can change their address, pay fees, and access other services online as well.

For more information, refer to The New MVC "CHEAT SHEET"

WRITTEN DRIVER TESTS

Driver knowledge exams, also known as written driver tests, are available to all drivers, including commercial drivers, by appointment only.

Appointments can be made up to thirty days in advance, at https://mymvc.state.nj.us/apps/schedule-knowledge-test-appointment.html. Demand will be high, so it may take time to secure an appointment.

ROAD TESTS

Note: Permit-holders who pass the road test can use their stamped permit as a temporary proof-of-license. The next step is to walk in to a Licensing Center within 60 days for a probationary license.

Road tests are being held by appointment only. Make an appointment online through the MVC's Road Test Scheduling System.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR MVC OPERATIONS

To manage customer traffic inside MVC locations within safety protocols, customers are unable to wait inside an MVC Center until they are contacted via the SMS notification system.

This system allows customers to come to an MVC Center, receive a ticket, and leave the premises before returning to be served that very day. Customers can also visit the MVC website that tracks and identifies when MVC Centers have reached capacity. Customers should factor the capacity tracker into their plans for visiting the MVC and consider visiting locations that are not yet full.

Check the NJ MVC site and review this FAQ document for additional information.

Source: https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/; https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/press/archives/2020/073120.htm; https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200910c.shtml; www.njmvc.gov