People waited in line for hours overnight in Bayonne, Wallington, Jersey City, and other licensing centers throughout the state.
People were reportedly selling their places in line for up to $100.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed two bills into law in September that tried to ease long lines and wait times.
One of them allows the MVC to use old photos of drivers who are 65 and older, which will allow them to renew their licenses online.
The second gives state residents 120 days instead of 60 to register their vehicles and get New Jersey licenses during the pandemic.
Compounding the issue, three MVC locations are closed because an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
The closed sites are located in Paterson, North Bergen, and Newark.
Also, the MVC is closed Monday for Columbus Day.
The NJMV says most transactions can now be conducted online.
We're awaiting an official statement from the MVC, however, the agency is responding to some people who are expressing their frustration on social media.
In order to better understand what happened, what transaction were you there for? And did nobody from the agency come out to tell waiting customers that the agency had reached capacity? No one should be waiting in line to 11am. We will address.— New Jersey MVC (@NJ_MVC) October 10, 2020
The agency goes on to write "Again, we are not satisfied with this kind of situation. We have more new initiatives coming to continue to reduce the lines. In the meantime, several of our northern NJ agencies have had to close since an employee tested positive, waiting for contact tracing. Health and safety is our first priority."
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