ZMI ALPHA:7 MVC agencies now closed due to COVID

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ZMI ALPHA:7 MVC agencies now closed due to COVID

State Motor Vehicle Commission officials closed agencies in Newark, Vineland, Salem, and Lodi Licensing Centers after a single employee tested positive for the coronavirus at each location.

That brings the total to 7 agencies closed statewide of 39, all of which are among the 23 agencies designated to handle driver’s license transactions.

Newark Regional Licensing Center will be closed until Wednesday, March 10 after an employee who tested positive was last in the agency on Feb. 23, MVC officials said.

Vineland, Salem, and Lodi Licensing Centers will be closed until Monday, March 15. The single employee who tested positive at each of these locations was last in those agencies on Feb. 27.

Road test operations and vehicle inspection stations remain open at Newark, Lodi, and Salem.

Gov. Phil Murphy expanded vaccine eligibility to include MVC workers starting on March 15.

MVC agencies reopen after full COVID-19 cleaning and the completion of staff quarantine. These agencies are scheduled to reopen on the following dates:

  • Newark Regional/Licensing Center, Wednesday, March 10.
  • Rahway Licensing Center, Thursday, March 11.
  • Cherry Hill Vehicle Center, Thursday, March 11.
  • West Deptford Regional/Licensing Center, Friday, March 12.
  • Vineland Licensing Center, Monday, March 15.
  • Salem Licensing Center, Monday, March 15.
  • Lodi Licensing Center, Monday, March 15.

Appointments at motor vehicle centers for new titles/registrations and registration renewals for customers ineligible for online renewal can be scheduled at More appointment times are being added.

Drivers are advised to check the status of the agency they intend to visit on before traveling there. They also should check the “cheat sheet” guide on the MVC website to determine if they need an appointment or can do their transactions on the MVC website.

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