‘Thank you for your patience.’ State officials address long wait times at MVC offices

Gov. Phil Murphy had a busy day on Friday, that began with remembering those lost in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, before addressing concerns about long wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offices.

News 12 Staff

Sep 11, 2020, 5:51 PM

Updated 1,321 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy had a busy day on Friday, that began with remembering those lost in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, before addressing concerns about long wait times at New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offices.
The governor started his day at the Sept. 11 memorial at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, as every New Jersey governor has done since the day of the attack. Murphy was seen speaking with Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“We were knocked down 19 years ago today but we got back up and showed the world our nation when in shock and stricken with grief comes together,” Murphy said several hours later at his Friday COVID-19 media briefing.
At Friday’s briefing, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli expressed concern about a rising positivity rate of COVID-19 among teenagers and people in their early 20s. But the commissioner says that the cases do not seem to be linked to school.
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“At this time, the Department is not aware of any Covid 19 cases associated with in school transmission. The Department is aware of students or staff who have tested positive but as far as is known, these are not related to in school attendance,” Persichilli said.
But the main focus at Friday’s briefing was the long lines outside MVC offices and a series of bills the governor signed to alleviate some of the wait times.
“Thank you for your patience. I know at times it's been hard, it may still be hard at a given location,” Murphy said.
MVC Chief Administrator Sue Fulton attended the briefing to answer questions and explain the new bills.
“Inspections wait times are within what we would consider normal ranges. I would caution we are not seeing the numbers of vehicles coming in that we expected. So, we are anticipating waits for inspections could increase dramatically in the month of September as we see these extensions expire,” Fulton said.
The two bills signed by the governor on Thursday extend the amount of time driver's license photos can be used and giving new residents more time to change their registrations and license.
“New licenses have to be done in person. Out of state transfers, commercial driver’s licenses that are federally regulated, and private sales of used cars,” said Fulton.
Fulton urged drivers to check the agency's website to find out what they can do online before they go in person.
For more on today's briefing, click here.


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