ZMI ALPHA:10th MVC agency closed by COVID

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ZMI ALPHA:10th MVC agency closed by COVID

The number of state Motor Vehicle Commission agencies closed by the coronavirus reached 10 Tuesday afternoon.

The Rio Grande Licensing Center closed Tuesday afternoon after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 and is scheduled to reopen on March 29. The employee who tested positive was last in the agency Saturday, March 13, MVC officials said.

The agency, located in Cape May County, had been shut down briefly by a technical problem on March 11.

Drivers who had appointments at the Rio Grade agency will need to reschedule them on the MVC website.

That means roughly 25% of the states 39 agencies are closed.

Unlike Monday, when the closure of five agencies was somewhat balanced out by four facilities reopening, drivers won’t see any relief until more agencies are scheduled to reopen on March 22.

Agencies that have closed are scheduled to reopen on these dates after sanitizing, employee quarantining and contact tracing:

  • Springfield Vehicle Center- Monday, Mar 22.
  • North Bergen Licensing Center- Monday, Mar 22.
  • East Orange Vehicle Center- Tuesday, Mar 23.
  • Oakland Licensing Center – Tuesday, Mar 23.
  • Newton Vehicle Center – Thursday, March 25.
  • Bakers Basin Licensing Center – Saturday, Mar 27.
  • Trenton Regional/Vehicle Center – Saturday, March 27.
  • Rio Grande Licensing Center, Monday March 29.

MVC officials remind drivers to double check the the “cheat sheet” guide on the MVC website to determine if they can do their business online and avoid going to the agency. Currently, 75% of MVC transactions can be done online, officials said.

Drivers should also seek an appointment immediately if they have to go to an agency and not wait until the expiration dates of their documents gets close, officials said.

Drivers are advised to check the status of the agency they intend to visit on before traveling there.

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