NEW JERSEY – New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton said that the closure of all New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agency, road testing, and inspections facilities is again being extended as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The closures, which had been extended through Sunday, April 12, will now continue until April 27. The Commission reminds customers that other operations are continuing, through online services like license and registration renewal, as well as other functions, including MVC operations that support commercial trucking critical to keeping the all-important supply chain moving during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
However, the extended closure is necessary for a number of other MVC operations, such as in-agency visits and road testing, as they bring people into closer proximity to each other than is recommended under public health guidelines.
“Governor Murphy has led the way under his Executive Orders to shelter-in-place and to expressly limit public gatherings, and we must do our part to protect the public, our customers, and our employees during this global pandemic,’’ Fulton said. “The crowds that are typically drawn to our agencies would put the MVC far outside the bounds of acceptable social distancing and the health of our employees and our customers takes priority.’’
To assist in limiting crowds and combating the spread of COVID-19, Fulton on March 13 ordered two-month expiration date extensions through May for driver licenses, including CDLs, as well as registrations and inspection stickers.
Online services also remain available in many areas.
“Fortunately, we have expanded our online capabilities over the past year and many of our customers can utilize these services for their needs,’’ Fulton said. “In most cases you can renew your license, replace a lost license, change your address, renew your registration and complete other transactions through our easy-to-use online portal.’’
“The safety of our citizens is paramount and we will use every means at our disposal to ensure they are protected,’’ Fulton said.
Working with Governor Murphy, Fulton ordered the initial closure from March 17 through March 30 and then followed that with a two-week extension through April 12. With the threat from COVID-19 continuing and New Jersey having the second-most cases in the United States, it has now been determined to continue the closures until April 27.