Saying, “It’s a start,” State Senator Chris Brown announced a new law to reduce long lines at Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agencies and make it more convenient for Atlantic County families to renew their driver’s licenses.
State Senator Chris Brown announced a new law to reduce long lines at Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agencies and make it more convenient for Atlantic County families to renew their driver’s licenses. (SenateNJ.com)
“When the MVC agencies were shut down in the spring, Trenton had four months to figure out a way to make the system customer friendly by the time they re-opened in July. Instead, Trenton created another debacle by forcing families to get up at the crack of dawn and wait in line all day just to renew a driver’s license ,” Brown said. “Our hardworking families and retirees deserve better.”
The new bipartisan law, sponsored by Sen. Brown, will reduce the need for families to go to the agencies in person by requiring the MVC to extend the time that a stored driver’s license or identification card photo can be used from 8 years to 12 years and by allowing stored photos to be used indefinitely for those over the age of 65.
These changes will allow more families to renew their licenses online instead of going in-person to an agency. To make it easier for older drivers, the law also allows for agencies to reserve certain times to provide appointments to senior citizens or those with certain medical conditions during the pandemic.
“Trenton clearly still needs to work on providing better customer services for our families and retirees, but at least we are taking a step forward with this common-sense law,” Brown said.