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(609) 292-6500
RELEASE: March 26, 2021
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Bakers Basin, Paterson and Trenton MVC Centers Reopen Saturday, March 27

4 Other MVC Centers Closed Due to COVID-19

TRENTON – The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) today announced the Bakers Basin and Paterson Regional Licensing Centers along with the Trenton Regional/Vehicle Center will be reopening and resuming regular operations Saturday, March 27, following the completion of staff quarantine and full COVID-19 cleaning.

In addition, the Bayonne and Rahway Licensing Centers have been closed along with the Somerville and South Brunswick Vehicle Centers due to a single employee testing positive for COVID-19 at each location.

  • Bayonne will be closed until Saturday, April 3. The employee who tested positive was last in the agency Thursday, March 18.
  • Rahway, which was formally on limited operations, is now closed until Wednesday, April 7. An additional employee has tested positive for COVID-19 at that location.
  • Somerville will be closed until Tuesday, April 6. The employee who tested positive there was last in the agency Monday, March 22.
  • South Brunswick will be closed until Friday, April 9. The employee who tested positive there was last in the agency on Thursday, March 25.

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:

Rio Grande Licensing Center

Monday, March 29

Jersey City Vehicle Center

Thursday, April 1

Randolph Licensing Center

Saturday, April 3

Bayonne Licensing Center

Saturday, April 3

Salem Licensing Center

Saturday, April 3

South Plainfield Licensing Center

Tuesday, April 6

Somerville Vehicle Center

Tuesday, April 6

Rahway Licensing Center

Wednesday, April 7

South Brunswick Vehicle Center

Friday, April 9

MVC Online

The MVC now offers about 75% of transactions online at There are nearly 30 online services available at the website, including most renewals for licenses and registrations.

Before scheduling an appointment, customers should first check to see if their transaction can be completed online and skip the trip to an MVC agency.

Scheduling an Appointment for an In-Person Visit

Nearly all in-person transactions at both Licensing Centers and Vehicle Centers require an appointment scheduled at

Appointments are scheduled up to 60 days in advance and are widely available. The MVC has more than doubled daily appointments for license and registration renewals recently.

Appointment Cancellations

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

If a customer can’t make an appointment, it should be canceled using guidance in the MVC’s confirmation email 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.

Check Your Documents

Customers should check the expiration date on their documents and renew early. Most licenses can be renewed online three months before expiration and most vehicle registrations two months before expiration. If you can’t renew online, make an appointment within the renewal window. Don’t wait until you’re up against an expiration date!

Know Before You Go

Before all MVC visits, customers should log on to to check if 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 walk-in by using the MVC “Cheat Sheet” on the home page of the website.