ZMI ALPHA:After 2 more MVC agencies close due to COVID, statewide total reaches 13

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ZMI ALPHA:After 2 more MVC agencies close due to COVID, statewide total reaches 13

The number of closed state Motor Vehicle Commission agencies hit 13 after two were closed Friday due to the coronavirus.

The Randolph and Salem licensing centers both closed Friday morning after an employee in each tested positive for the coronavirus. An employee who tested positive at each agency was last in the facilities on Thursday, said William Connolly, an MVC spokesman.

Both agencies are scheduled to reopen on April 2 after the appropriate sanitizing, contact tracing and employee quarantining has been done.

The Randolph road test center also closed Friday, due to a confirmed case of COVID-19, Connolly said. The road test center and agency have a shared space, he said.

“We are working to determine whether Road Test Operations at Randolph will be operational next week,” he said. “Customers should check NJMVC.gov for updates.”

The Randolph motor vehicle inspection station remains open, and is unaffected, he said.

The Salem licensing center was among four agencies that reopened Monday after being closed due to an earlier positive COVID-19 test.

This has been a tough week for the MVC when seven agencies closed as of Friday.

More than 25% of the states 39 agencies are closed due to the coronavirus. If no other agencies close, the MVC and drivers could gain ground when two are scheduled to reopen Monday and another two on Tuesday.

Agencies that have closed are scheduled to reopen on these dates:

  • 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.
  • Wayne Licensing Center – Friday, March 26.
  • Bakers Basin Licensing Center – Saturday, Mar 27.
  • Trenton Regional/Vehicle Center – Saturday, March 27.
  • Paterson Regional/Licensing Center – Saturday, March 27.
  • Rio Grande Licensing Center – Monday, March 29.
  • Jersey City Vehicle Center – Thursday, April 1.
  • Randolph Licensing Center – Saturday, April 2.
  • Salem Licensing Center – Saturday, April 2.

MVC officials said drivers should 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.

But the closures mean that drivers who had appointments at the closed agencies will have to reschedule them on the MVC website.

Drivers should also make 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.

Finally, 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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