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

Last Updated: 01/27/2021

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

NOTE: For the safety of residents 65 and older, special senior hours have been set aside every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for new and used car registrations.

To reduce wait times and minimize in-person interactions, many transactions can now be conducted online. Check the NJ MVC online services page to see if you can "Skip the Trip" to the agency. Transactions that can be done online will not be available in person at this time.

MVC's ticketing system is designed to manage demand at physical locations. An SMS messaging system and ticketing 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.


There are no current extensions for standard driver licenses, permits, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, inspections, or temporary tags.

Any valid New Jersey commercial driver's license or commercial learner's permit due for renewal between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021 has been extended until February 28. 2021.

In addition, the federal REAL ID requirement has been extended for another year, until October 2021.

NOTE: Even if your renewal notice says you have to renew in person, a new law now allows most people to renew online at Customers can change their address, pay fees, and access other services online as well.

New residents of New Jersey have 120 days (up from 60 days) to obtain a New Jersey driver's license and to register a motor vehicle, if they become a resident during this public health emergency.


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
  • No renewals for unexpired registrations. Those can be done online at
  • No license transactions

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

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
  • No other renewals, replacements, or changes of address for unexpired licenses/IDs. Those can be done online at
  • No vehicle transactions: no registration or title work

Note: Walk-in services are only available at Licensing Centers for permits, new IDs/licenses, name changes, and red decals. All other transactions at Licensing Centers are available by appointment only. Make an appointment online.


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 Demand will be high, so it may take time to secure an appointment.


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.


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

Customers and employees will be required to wear a face covering. If a customer cannot wear a face covering, MVC will make other arrangements for their transaction.

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