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Motor Vehicles sends mobile unit to prison to assist with ID cards

Bucco: ‘It’s an absolute disgrace – a slap in the face to everyone who waiting out in the cold and the rain today’

By David Wildstein, October 26 2020 3:19 pm

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission today set up a make-shift mobile agency today in Trenton for soon-to-be-released prisoners to obtain identification cards without the encumbrances of waiting on the kind of long lines some New Jerseyans are facing.

Prisoners set to be released in coming weeks were being transported by bus to the Department of Corrections Central Reception and Assignment Facility in Trenton, where the motor vehicle agency has set up tents.

“The Motor Vehicle Commission provides non-driver identification cards to people being released from State prisons as required by statute,” said Michael Zhadanovsky, a spokesman for Gov. Phil Murphy. “The MVC has temporarily assigned two Mobile Units to process non-driver identification cards for re-entering individuals.

State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) said that the MVC has ignored his requests to set up mobile units to help reduce wait times.

“That’s just outrageous,” said Bucco. “It’s an absolute disgrace – a slap in the face to everyone who waiting out in the cold and the rain today.”

MVC licensing and vehicle centers process about 12,000 transactions on an average weekday, while their two mobile units have a daily capacity of about 130 transactions – a little more than one percent.

Officials did not respond to a question about the average wait time for the mobile units loaned to the Department of Corrections today.

Zhadanovsky said that New Jerseyans are not taking advantage of an option to make an appointment as an alternative to waiting on long lines.

“Appointments for vehicle services and out-of-state licenses are widely available at all agencies starting next week,” he said.  “These appointments were opened last week and remain largely unfilled.”

In addition to receiving MVC identification cards, prisoners may also register to vote under New Jersey’s Motor Voter Law.

“If an individual is eligible to vote, their information is electronically forwarded to the Division of Elections,” Zhadanovsky said.  “If not, their information is not forwarded.”

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