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

Last Updated: 09/11/2020

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

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.

NOTE: You can expect long lines as MVC agencies work through a three-month backlog. See if you can conduct business online. Take advantage of the extensions to expiration dates described below. Wait a few more days if possible. Do not camp out overnight at an MVC agency or facility. To ensure sufficient staffing, MVC personnel have been exempted from state furloughs.

LICENSE EXTENSIONS

All driver licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, inspection stickers, and temporary tags that expired between March 13th and May 31 have been extended to September 30th.

Documents expiring between June 1st to August 31st have been extended to December 31st. All automatic extensions are automatic.

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

Most renewals of driver licenses, non-driver IDs, and registrations -- including some commercial registrations -- can be processed online at NJMVC.gov. Customers can change their address, pay fees, and access other services online as well.

NOTE: A recently passed law gives new residents of New Jersey 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.

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 will only process vehicle transactions:

  • Registration/title transfers for private sales
  • New registrations/titles, individual and in bulk.
  • Salvage titles.
  • License plate transactions.
  • No renewals for unexpired registrations. Those can be done online at NJMVC.gov.
  • No license transactions.

Licensing Centers will only process license transactions:

  • First-time licenses and permits (REAL ID will be an option).
  • Out-of-state transfers.
  • Expired CDLs, TVRs (temporary visa restricted licenses), and any other expired licenses not eligible for online renewal.
  • REAL ID, only if you have a scheduled appointment, you have an email verifying your appointment was cancelled, or you are due for renewal of your standard license. No other REAL ID walk-ins will be allowed. The federal REAL ID requirement has been extended until October 2021.
  • No driver knowledge tests are available at this time.
  • No renewals, replacements, or changes of address for unexpired licenses/IDs. Those can be done online at NJMVC.gov.
  • No vehicle transactions: no registration or title work

WRITTEN DRIVER TESTS

Starting August 3, driver knowledge exams, also known as written driver tests, will be available to all drivers, including commercial drivers, by appointment.

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.

All Licensing Centers except Oakland and Flemington will offer the tests.

ROAD TESTS

Road tests re-started on June 29. If your appointment was schedule for before that date and canceled during the COVID-19 closure, you should have received a letter with a link to schedule your appointment at one of 11 new Road Test sites that are exclusively serving those who were canceled. If you should have received a letter and didn't, contact the MVC.

If you do not yet have an appointment, you can make one at NJMVC.gov.

NEW SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR MVC OPERATIONS

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.

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