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P.O. Box 160
Trenton, NJ
Public Information:
(609) 292-6500
RELEASE: January 29, 2021
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Freehold MVC Center Open by Appointment Only, Rio Grande MVC Center Closed Jan. 30

TRENTON – The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ-MVC) has announced that the Freehold Licensing Center will be open by appointment only and Rio Grande Licensing Center will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 30, due to staffing limitations unrelated to COVID-19.

Existing appointments will be honored at Freehold on Saturday, but no walk-ins will be allowed.

Additionally, the closure of Randolph Licensing Center has been extended to Wednesday, Feb. 3, as another employee at that location tested positive for COVID-19, requiring a revised timeline for staff quarantine.

MVC Centers Reopening

The following MVC Centers will reopen after full COVID-19 cleaning and the completion of staff quarantine. They had to close because an employee tested positive for COVID-19 at each location, and are scheduled to reopen on these dates:

Randolph Licensing Center

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Cherry Hill Vehicle Center

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Wayne Licensing Center

Friday, Feb. 5

Camden Licensing Center

Friday, Feb. 5

Trenton Regional/Vehicle Center

Friday, Feb. 5

Paterson Regional/Licensing Center

Friday, Feb. 5

Somerville Vehicle Center

Monday, Feb. 8

MVC Online

Many customers can skip the trip to the MVC by going online. Nearly 30 different Motor Vehicle Commission services and transactions are available for customers online at This includes most standard license and registration renewals and replacements.

Over the last two months, approximately 85% of standard license renewals and 95% of vehicle registration renewals were completed without an in-person MVC visit.

MVC In-Person

Walk-ins are only allowed for first time licenses/IDs/permits, name changes, and red decals at Licensing Centers. Other MVC transactions that can’t be completed online require an appointment that customers need to schedule at

Scheduling an Appointment

Appointments at Licensing and Vehicle Centers must be scheduled at Additional appointments are being added daily, overnight, and up to 60 days in advance. Customers should check multiple MVC locations online after midnight to best secure an appointment.

Appointment Cancellations

Any appointments canceled due to an MVC location closure must be rescheduled on the website. Customers will get an email when their appointment has been canceled.

If a customer can’t make their appointment, it should be canceled using the guidance in the confirmation email sent by the MVC upon booking, in order to open the appointment for others.


License/ID and registration renewals that can’t be completed online require an appointment. Renewals are not available on a walk-in basis.

Know Before You Go

Before all MVC appointments or walk-in visits, customers should log on to to check whether the agency might be closed because of an employee testing positive for COVID-19, or for any other reason. The MVC has 39 locations to serve customers throughout the state.

Customers can complete many transactions online, schedule appointments, and find out more about MVC operations on the website. Customers can also identify whether a license or vehicle transaction is available online, by appointment, or by walk-in using the “How do I…?” Cheat Sheet on the MVC home page.