ZMI ALPHA:Jersey City MVC agency closes, making 11 total shuttered statewide

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ZMI ALPHA:Jersey City MVC agency closes, making 11 total shuttered statewide

After going two days without losing an agency to the coronavirus, the state Motor Vehicle Commission closed the Jersey City Vehicle Center after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The center, which becomes the eleventh agency to close statewide, will reopen on April 1, after sanitizing, contact tracing and any employee quarantining that has to be done. The employee who tested positive was last in the agency on Wednesday, MVC officials said.

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

The MVC was hit hard over the weekend and on Monday when five agencies were closed. Some ground was gained when four agencies reopened Monday. But the Rio Grande agency closed Tuesday and none of the closed agencies are scheduled to reopen until Monday.

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.

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.

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 NJMVC.gov before traveling there.

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

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