ZMI ALPHA:9th MVC agency shuts down due to COVID

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ZMI ALPHA:9th MVC agency shuts down due to COVID

It got a little harder Wednesday for New Jersey drivers who need to go to a state Motor Vehicle Commission agency that specializes in driver’s licenses.

Coronavirus has closed more than a third of the 23 agencies designed as licensing centers, with the closure of the Flemington agency Wednesday afternoon. It’s the eighth licensing center and ninth agency to shut down.

The Fleming Licensing Center is scheduled to reopen Monday, March 15, after an employee who was last in the agency on Saturday, Feb. 27, tested positive for COVID-19.

In addition, closing three of the licensing centers also sidelines regional service centers in the same building, which resolve license suspensions and restorations.

Drivers who had appointments on dates that the agencies are closed will have to reschedule them online.

Agencies where employees have tested positive are closed for cleaning and so staff can quarantine. Agencies that have closed are scheduled to reopen on these dates:

  • Eatontown Regional/Licensing Center, Monday, March 8.
  • Newark Regional/Licensing Center, Wednesday, March 10.
  • Cherry Hill Vehicle Center, Thursday, March 11.
  • Rahway Licensing Center, Friday, March 12.
  • 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.

MVC officials remind drivers to double check the the “cheat sheet” guide on the MVC website to determine if they can do their business on line and avoid going to the agency. Drivers should also seek an appointment immediately if they have to go to an agency and not wait until the expiration date of the document gets close, officials said

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

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

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Larry Higgs may be reached at lhiggs@njadvancemedia.com.

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