Over 100 Hoboken residents took advantage of a mobile DMV unit set up next to City Hall earlier today, which was made possible by Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-33).
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The two mobile units came to the Mile Square City to provide an easier experience for renewing driver’s licenses, return old license plates, and receive many services usually available only at a Motor Vehicle Commission location – none of which are in Hoboken.
Additionally, IDs for individuals experiencing homelessness were provided free of charge.
“Despite the weather, people were lined up around the block well before the event was supposed to begin, at 10:00 a.m., and the MVC graciously opened their doors over an hour early, and stayed for longer than the planned four hours,” Chaparro said in a statement.
“To the MVC and the Hoboken police officers and Environmental Services Department, thank you so much for making today a success, despite the challenges of bad weather and an overflowing crowd. I apologize to the people who planned their day around this but weren’t able to get what they needed, and can reassure them that we’re going to explore all ideas for how we can improve future events.”
Seniors, veterans, and individuals with disabilities were given first priority, and tents were set up by City Hall for individuals to wait in chairs before their number was called to begin processing documents.
Community groups including HOPES CAP, and TRUE Mentors were at the event, as were U.S. Census coordinators from City Hall.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of New Jersey has extended the expiration dates of licenses.
Coincidentally, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill into law today to extend the life of the photo on driver’s licenses.
The new state regulation also limits certain appointment times at MVC locations to senior citizens and persons with certain medical conditions for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To that end, the MVC recently updated its website to allow residents to apply for new licenses entirely online.