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RELEASE: Dec. 12, 2012

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Christie Administration Highlights Skip the Trip Success
Lyndhurst Woman is 75,000th Customer to Renew Driver’s License by Mail

(LYNDHURST) – Prompted by a significant milestone in the Christie Administration’s customer-friendly Skip the Trip initiative, Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chair and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez today hand-delivered a renewed-by-mail driver’s license to a Bergen County motorist.

Lyndhurst resident Judith Koski was celebrated as the 75,000th customer to take advantage of the Skip the Trip program. MVC officials worked with Mrs. Koski's husband, John, to keep the visit a surprise.

"The popularity of the Administration’s Skip the Trip initiative is clear and we’ll soon surpass the 100,000 customer mark," said Chief Martinez. "We’ve sent 130,000 invitations to participate in Skip the Trip during the past three months and nearly six of 10 of those who are eligible have accepted our invitation to renew their license by mail."

Up to a million customers are eligible to Skip the Trip in the next year. These individuals, who were born on or before December 1, 1964, only have to complete their renewal slip, enclose a check or money order with the appropriate fee and within seven to 10 days, MVC will issue a new four-year driver’s license or non-driver ID through the mail. MVC’s secure renewal process utilizes the customer’s existing photo and address on record.

Eligible customers began receiving their invitation to Skip the Trip in September.

Skip the Trip is possible through enhanced MVC security procedures that utilize state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to confirm eligible customers’ identities prior to mailing a renewal notice. Customers who are offered the chance to renew by mail and choose to visit an agency instead are required to present 6 Points of Identification.

“Our goal with this initiative is convenience for all of our customers,” Chief Martinez said. “Those who renew by mail are afforded the opportunity to skip a trip to a MVC agency and those who must visit us in-person benefit from reduced agency volume.”

Although many customers will receive the Skip the Trip notice, those with a Commercial Driver License (CDL), Graduated Driver License (GDL) or a Temporary Visa Restriction (TVR), among others, are not eligible for mail-in renewal and must visit an agency.

For more information about Skip the Trip, please visit www.njmvc.gov.