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The Waiting Game: Long Lines as MVC Agencies Reopen Throughout New Jersey

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Drivers hoping to visit one of New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission agencies Tuesday – the day they reopened – are in for a waiting game.

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By early morning there were already hundreds of eager customers lining up outside the Springfield Township MVC hoping to get titles for their cars as well as other services after agencies were closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some individuals have been waiting on line since 3 a.m.

The MVC located in Springfield Township is not the only one seeing large crowds. The Lakewood Police Department tells News 4 New York, the MVC office there shut down in the morning because it already reached its capacity.

If you are lucky to make it inside an MVC, you must follow social distancing and safety protocols. These safety measures and months of pent up services are contributing to long lines and a slow process.

Bob Hubiak told News 4 as he waited on line he bought a used car a month ago, but has not driven it since the offices have been closed.

“The virus is a real thing. It’s the most dangerous thing I’ve done in two months, coming here,” he said referring to waiting on line alongside other customers.

The NJ MVC urges customers to check their website to see if the service one needs is a transaction that can be done online, like registration renewal.

The resumption of some in-person transactions at New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission offices were set to take place late last month. However, they were delayed until July 7 due to a problem with a new text message system that's intended to prevent overcrowding.

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