New law spares teen drivers from waiting in line at the MVC agency

Posted Dec 15, 2020

An idea suggested by teen drivers who waited in long lines at state Motor Vehicle Commission agencies during the hot summer has become law in the winter.

Teen drivers, and their parents who drove and waited with them, will no longer have to stand in line to get their provisional license after passing a road test. A bill proposed by state Senator Anthony Bucco and signed in to law by Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday lets them use their validated permit as a temporary license.

The new law gives new drivers who passed their road test up to 60 days after the MVC resolves its backlog handling driver’s license transactions to go to an agency get their permanent license. Agencies were closed during the first four-months of the coronavirus pandemic.

“By delaying the requirement for every new driver to visit MVC in person to get a license, we can avoid negatively impacting the lines for motorists who need to conduct business in person, said Bucco, who has been a critic of how the MVC handled reopening agencies.

Many teen drivers interviewed by NJ Advance Media while in long lines to get permanent licenses made similar suggestions. They said their permits should be validated as a temporary license after they passed their road tests.

In some cases, parents waited in line at the agency while their teen took the road test to reduce the wait to get a license. Several teens interviewed said they needed their license immediately because they had a job waiting.

The new law takes more people out of lines at agencies as the MVC struggles to keep agencies open during a spike in the coronavirus. So far 15 agencies are closed after an employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. Agencies close to allow for sanitizing, contract tracing and any quarantine needed for other employees.

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published this page in News and Politics 2020-12-16 02:51:44 -0800