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Washington Vehicle Center to be closed on Feb. 27 and March 6 due to a Saturday-only employee testing positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – The Washington Vehicle Center was closed for COVID-19 cleaning on Monday, Feb. 22, and will reopen today, Feb. 23, according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC).

The MVC has confirmed that a Saturday-only employee at Washington tested positive for COVID-19. The employee who tested positive was last in the agency on Saturday, Feb. 20, and any exposed employees who were in the agency on that day, including some weekday employees, are required to quarantine.

Washington will be closed on the next two Saturdays, Feb. 27 and March 6, to comply with necessary quarantines for Saturday personnel.

Washington will remain open for regular weekday hours, but some title appointments will be canceled due to limited staffing.

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:

Jersey City Vehicle Center Wednesday, Feb. 24
Paterson Regional/Licensing Center Friday, Feb. 26
Wallington Vehicle Center Saturday, Feb. 27
Delanco Licensing Center Saturday, Feb. 27

MVC Online:

Many customers can skip the trip to the MVC by going online. Nearly 30 different Motor Vehicle Commission services and transactions are available for customers online at This includes most standard license and registration renewals and replacements.

More than 80% of standard license renewals and 90% of vehicle registration renewals are now being completed without an in-person MVC visit.

MVC In-Person:

Walk-ins are only allowed for first time licenses/IDs/permits, name changes, and red decals at Licensing Centers.

Other MVC transactions that can’t be completed online require an appointment that customers need to schedule at

Scheduling an Appointment:

Appointments at Licensing and Vehicle Centers must be scheduled at Additional appointments are being added daily, overnight, and up to 60 days in advance.

Appointments are widely available for nearly all transactions. The MVC has added more appointments over the past month, and more than doubled daily appointments for license and registration renewals.

Appointment Cancellations:

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

If a customer can’t make their appointment, it should be canceled using the guidance in the confirmation email sent by the MVC upon booking, in order 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 prior to expiration and most registrations two months prior to expiration. If you can’t renew online, make an appointment when you’re within the renewal window. Don’t wait until you’re up against an expiration date!

Know Before You Go:

Before all MVC appointments or walk-in visits, customers should log on to to check whether 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 by walk-in using the “How do I…?” Cheat Sheet on the MVC home page.

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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