September 13, 2020
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has pushed back additional deadlines and set aside select times at agency locations across the state for specific groups due to the ongoing public health crisis.
The validity of all stored driver’s license and identification card photos has been extended from a maximum of eight years to a maximum of 12 years.
Residents age 65 or older are also now eligible to use a stored photograph for each standard driver’s license or standard identification card renewal.
The deadlines for new state residents to register vehicles and obtain driver’s licenses has also been temporarily extended for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Non-residents now have 120 days, rather than 60 days, to obtain a New Jersey’s driver’s license and to register a vehicle upon becoming a resident of the state during the coronavirus pandemic.
MVC agency locations must now limit certain appointment times to senior citizens and persons with underlying health conditions who cannot wear a face mask.
For the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic, MVC locations must reserve one day per week or a certain time each day or week for the aforementioned groups to register a newly purchased, newly acquired, or transferred vehicle.
“The temporary, but necessary closure of our MVC facilities earlier this year has resulted in an undeniable burden on many residents,” Gov. Phil Murphy said.
“Under the leadership of Chief Administrator Sue Fulton, the MVC has made great progress in providing residents with the services that they need, under unprecedented circumstances. This legislation will reduce wait times and allow our vulnerable populations to have the access they need to obtain critical services.”
These measures take effect immediately.
“We continue to work collaboratively with our legislative partners and the Governor’s office to overcome the obstacles posed by COVID-19, reduce wait times, and keep New Jerseyans on the road,” said MVC Chief Administrator Sue Fulton.