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Reopening NJ: Motor vehicle offices, road testing to return in June

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 14:31:47-04

NEW JERSEY — Motor vehicle offices in New Jersey will open on June 15, and road testing and the issuance of new licenses can resume from the COVID-19 pause on June 29, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday.

Motor vehicle offices can resume with pick-up and drop-off services on June 15. No walk-in customers will be allowed, according to Chair and Chief Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Brenda Sue Fulton.

"We know that there's a lot of pent up demand for these services, and the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is ready and has roughly tripled the number of road test examiners," Murphy said. This would allow for about 16,300 tests to be conducted per week.

The MVC, which Murphy said is the most-visited agency in state government, had to reimagine how services will be conducted.

With the help of several New Jersey colleges, the MVC has been able to add about 11 new, temporary roads that can be used for road tests. Over 100 safety specialists from the agency's bus units will serve as road-test examiners. Fulton ensured they are also certified to conduct road exams.

According to Fulton, this will be designated for people whose exams were postponed due to the pandemic. They will be contacted to set up a new appointment.

It’s the latest sector of the state’s economy to move toward reopening, following announcements on nonessential retail, salons, barbershops and outdoor dining, which will also resume June 15.

Murphy also signed an extension of the state’s public health emergency order, which will remain in place for another month. Orders expire automatically after 30 days.