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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Murphy signs bills to ease strain on MVC

By Nikita Biryukov, September 11 2020 12:57 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy signed two bills meant to ease strain the Motor Vehicle Commission has faced since reopening from its months-long shutdown Friday.

The two bipartisan measures allow the agency to use stored driver’s license photos for 12 years instead of eight years and mandate the creation of MVC hours devoted solely to seniors and individuals with preexisting conditions that make them susceptible to COVID-19.

They also temporarily extend deadlines to obtain vehicle registrations and driver’s licenses for new state residents.

Both bills were unanimously passed by the Senate and Assembly on Aug. 27, with each winning 78 yes votes in the lower chamber and 39 yes votes in the upper chamber.

Murphy has faced criticism over long lines that have inundated MVC locations around the state since the agency resumed some in-person operations in July.

Those aspersions were largely cast by Republicans, who have used hours-long lines at the agency to batter Murphy on separate issues, like in-person voting.

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