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Waiting for hours to enter the MVC in Wallington on Wednesday September 23, 2020. NorthJersey.com

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Since October, the Motor Vehicle Commission has shut local offices about 100 times due to the coronavirus.

The closures are an inconvenience, spokesperson William Connolly said, but have “successfully protected both customers and state workers.”

If an employee tests positive, the agency will close for a two-week period to ensure the safety of the rest of the staff and employees.

MVC shifting online

By now, Connolly said, about 75% of transactions are handled online, including the majority of license and registration renewals. He said the shift to online resulted in “millions of fewer visits to an agency” and those transactions that do need to be done on site, are mostly by appointment.

The MVC has also been adding resources online for first-time drivers, such as a video in English and Spanish with captions to make the process smoother and more user-friendly.

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“We are hopeful that as vaccinations increase, the threat of COVID-19 will abate, but we will always maintain rigorous safety standards to protect public health,” Connolly said. “We will continue to monitor the trajectory of the virus, delivering motor vehicle services as safely and effectively as possible during a pandemic, while moving as many transactions as possible out of agencies.”

“We have strict protocols in place to prevent the spread of the virus, developed in consultation with state and local health authorities, using CDC guidance,” Connolly said. “We quarantine exposed employees and close agencies when we don’t have enough staff available to safely operate.”

Which MVC agencies are closed?

An up-to-date list of agency closures and appointment availability can be found at NJMVC.gov. Currently there are eight locations closed.

  • Wayne Licensing Center will reopen Friday, March 26.
  • Bakers Basin Licensing Center will reopen Saturday, Mar 27.
  • Trenton Regional/Vehicle Center will reopen Saturday, March 27
  • Paterson Regional/Licensing Center will reopen Saturday, March 27.
  • Rio Grande Licensing Center will reopen Monday, March 29.
  • Jersey City Vehicle Center will reopen Thursday, April 1.
  • Randolph Licensing Center will reopen Saturday, April 3.
  • Salem Licensing Center will reopen Saturday, April 3.
  • South Plainfield Licensing Center will reopen Tuesday, April 6. 

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