Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:11-2, effective immediately, a motor vehicle junk business or motor vehicle junk yard is no longer required to be licensed by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (“the Commission”) in order to operate its business. Therefore, the Commission will not require applications for a junk yard license, and all junk yard licenses that expire on May 31, 2010 will not be renewed.
The motor vehicle junk business or motor vehicle junk yard will still be required to obtain a permit or certificate from the governing body or zoning commission of the municipality approving its proposed location to establish or maintain its junk yard or business. The Commission or its representative, in connection with a request for a hearing made by a municipal governing body or zoning commission, may examine the location of the motor vehicle junk yard or business proposed to be established or maintained. The applicant must pay a fee of $50 to the Commission for the examination of the proposed location of each motor vehicle junk yard or business.
Every person owning or operating a motor vehicle junk yard business or motor vehicle junk yard, and who is also licensed as a motor vehicle dealer pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:10-19, must continue to certify to the Commission, upon selling a motor vehicle, that, at the time of sale, the motor vehicle was or was not, as the case may be, in suitable condition to be operated on the highways.
Please also note that the definition of motor vehicle junk business or motor vehicle junk yard does not include a salvage pool or auto auction whose primary business is the sale of total loss vehicles on behalf of insurance companies.
Please contact the Business Licensing Services Bureau if you have any questions or concerns at (609) 292-6500 #5014.