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Newton Vehicle Center reopens today

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County)  – The Newton Vehicle Center will be reopening and resuming regular operations today, March 25 following the completion of staff quarantine and full COVID-19 cleaning, according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC).

Road test operations will resume at Kilmer-Edison March 25, as well. Those with canceled road test appointments due to the closure at Kilmer-Edison earlier in the week will be accommodated as walk-in customers.

In addition, the South Plainfield Licensing Center has been closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19, and will reopen Tuesday, April 6.

The employee who tested positive was last in the agency Monday, March 22.

MVC Centers Reopening:

The following MVC Centers will reopen after full COVID-19 cleaning and the completion of staff quarantine. They had to close because an employee tested positive for COVID-19 at each location, and are scheduled to reopen on these dates:

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

MVC Online:

The MVC now offers about 75% of transactions online at There are nearly 30 online services available at the website, including most renewals for licenses and registrations.

Before scheduling an appointment, customers should first check to see if their transaction can be completed online and skip the trip to an MVC agency.

Scheduling an Appointment for an In-Person Visit:

Nearly all in-person transactions at both Licensing Centers and Vehicle Centers require an appointment scheduled at

Appointments are scheduled up to 60 days in advance and are widely available. The MVC has more than doubled daily appointments for license and registration renewals recently.

Appointment Cancellations:

Any appointments canceled due to an MVC agency closure must be rescheduled on the website. Customers will get an email when their appointment has been canceled.

If a customer can’t make an appointment, it should be canceled using guidance in the MVC’s confirmation email to open the appointment for others.


License/ID and registration renewals that can’t be completed online require an appointment. Renewals are not available on a walk-in basis.

Check Your Documents:

Customers should check the expiration date on their documents and renew early. Most licenses can be renewed online three months before expiration and most vehicle registrations two months before expiration. If you can’t renew online, make an appointment within the renewal window. Don’t wait until you’re up against an expiration date!

Know Before You Go:

Before all MVC visits, customers should log on to to check if the agency might be closed because of an employee testing positive for COVID-19, or for any other reason. The MVC has 39 locations to serve customers throughout the state.

Customers can complete many transactions online, schedule appointments, and find out more about MVC operations on the website. Customers can also identify whether a license or vehicle transaction is available online, by appointment, or walk-in by using the MVC “Cheat Sheet” on the home page of the website.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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