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Starting Tuesday, Motor Vehicle Commission locations that are designated as vehicle centers will be open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. to customers over the age of 65 as well as those who are medically prohibited from wearing a mask.
There are no appointments necessary and those eligible should arrive no earlier than 2 p.m. for this ticketed service.
During these “senior hours” customers will be able to conduct business regarding new and used car purchases only. There will be no license transactions processed.
“These designated hours will allow us to protect our vulnerable seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic for one of the very few transactions that require an in-person visit,’’ said Chief Administrator Sue Fulton.
The Motor Vehicle Licensing Centers will not offer these special hours and will conduct business as usual, spokesperson William Connolly said. He noted that the law signed by Murphy earlier this month allows for seniors to renew their licenses online and do not have to visit MVC for a new photo.
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Customers who cannot wear a mask must bring a doctor’s note verifying their condition. These customers will be provided with face shields.
Earlier this month, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to extend the deadline to register vehicles and get driver’s licenses for new residents. That law also made it possible for the agency to use stored driver’s license or identification card photos for 12 years.
The agency has made headlines since its phased reopening began in June because of the long lines and limited capacity for transactions each day. The agency was forced to shutter its locations for four months at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hundreds of people have taken to lining up before dawn to receive a ticket which would provide them access to the building to complete their transaction in person. These tickets are typically gone by early afternoon in most locations.
Katie Sobko is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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