NEW JERSEY – New Jersey has delayed in-person services for driver’s license renewals and other Motor Vehicle Commission responsibilities. Drop-off and pickup services will continue.
The Motor Vehicle Commission announced on Friday that most in-person transactions scheduled to start on Monday will be delayed until July 7 while the text notification system undergoes final testing.
The MVC’s update comes as Gov. Phil Murphy and Department of Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet were providing rules and guidance for reopening all grades, K-12, in schools during the governor’s briefing beginning at 1 p.m. Patch was covering it live. Read more: Gov. Murphy Issues NJ School Reopening Rules Amid Coronavirus
MVC Chief Administrator Sue Fulton said the MVC intended to rely on its new text notification system to check people in, then allow them to leave the building and go elsewhere.
“Unfortunately, this new system requires further testing, so we will not be able to open as fully as we anticipated on June 29,” she said.” Without the text notification system, the number of people waiting for transactions who will need to be on site will far exceed capacity limitations.
“We have said that the health and safety of our customers and employees is our first priority; therefore, we cannot put people in this situation.
Road testing and inspections stations will still be fully operational on Monday.
Those who successfully complete their road tests will have to wait to get their new licenses until July 7, but they will be given access to “Road Test” express lanes at every licensing center, the MVC says.
In addition, the MVC will be closed on Mondays during July to allow the commission to do health and safety assessments of its facilities following each week of expanded activity.
“COVID-19 presents unique problems for all of us, but especially those of us whose operations require people to be indoors,” Fulton said. “We will not compromise the health and safety of New Jerseyans.”
Most licenses, IDs, registrations and other documents scheduled to expire after March 13 have been extended to July 31 or later (more info at NJMVC.gov).
Starting July 7, designated “licensing centers” will be processing new licenses and permits, out-of-state transfers, and REAL ID for those whose appointments were canceled.
Also starting July 7, designated “vehicle centers” will be adding individual registration and title transactions, the MVC says.
Transactions that can be done online will not be available in person until further notice.
Beginning June 15th, the agency allowed only drop-off and pick-up transactions. MVC Administrator Sue Fulton said the agency had to “clear the backlog” of its work before allowing walk-in customers, but she said people will be allowed to make appointments.
Here is what New Jersey has done, and what it will require at the MVC agencies:
Social distancing will be the norm
All customers will be required to wear face coverings
The state tripled the number of road examiners to it can provide a sizable number of road tests.
Plexiglass barriers will be set up for customers and employees
Some agencies have been designated as “licensing centers” and others will be “vehicle centers.”
Licensing centers will offer all license and identification transactions and driver testing
Vehicle centers will offer registration, license plate and title registrations
It’s not clear when inspections can restart.
“This will allow us to streamline our workflow, keep people separated and speed up service,” said Fulton.
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