ZMI ALPHA:Eatontown is latest MVC agency to close due to COVID

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ZMI ALPHA:Eatontown is latest MVC agency to close due to COVID

The busy state Motor Vehicle Commission agency in Eatontown became the latest licensing center to close after four were shut down Monday due to the coronavirus.

The Eatontown employee who tested positive for COVID-19 was last in the agency on Monday, and it will reopen March 8. It makes eight total agencies closed out of 39 statewide.

The reopening is happening in a shorter time span because employees who have completed quarantine following a Feb. 24 closure at Eatontown will be available to staff the regional and licensing center, MVC officials said.

The Eatontown inspection station is not affected because it is in a separate building.

The reopening of the Rahway Licensing Center, which closed Monday, has been extended by one day, to Friday, March 12. An additional employee at Rahway tested positive for COVID-19, requiring a revised timeline for staff quarantine, officials said.

The closures have taken a toll, sidelining 7 agencies of the 23 designated to handle driver’s license transactions. Drivers who had appointments on dates that the agencies are closed will have to reschedule them.

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.

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

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