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New York DMV and New Jersey MVC Resume Limited Operations

June 26, 2020

From an immigration compliance standpoint, this development is critically important for employers and individuals alike in the context of Form I-9 verification.  By way of background, all employers in the U.S. are required to complete the Form I-9 to verify every employee’s identity and work authorization at the time of hire.  Driver’s licenses are commonly used as an identity verifying document.  Due to COVID-related office closures, some individuals were unable to obtain or replace/renew their driver’s licenses.  The ability to complete these transactions online, by mail, or via a reservation will help resolve some potential delays/issues during the onboarding process giving both employers and employees more stability.

New York DMV

New York DMV to resume limited operations and to implement a reservation only policy for limited transactions that cannot be done online or by mail or drop box.  Reservations will only be offered once regions enter Phase 3 of the New York Forward reopening plan. Reservation can be made at dmv.ny.gov/reservation.

The following transactions continue to be available by mail or drop box:

  • Registrations and license plate transfers
  • License plate surrenders
  • Sales tax only transactions
  • License and registration renewals (also available online)
  • Replacement of lost documents (also available online)
  • Address change (also available online)

For more information, visit https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/dmv-reopening-guidance.

New Jersey MVC

In New Jersey, some agencies have been designated as Licensing Centers and some as Vehicle Centers. Lists of Licensing Centers and Vehicle Centers, as well as information on transactions, will be posted soon.

At designated Licensing Centers starting June 29 (tentative), MVC will be processing new licenses and permits, out-of-state transfers, and REAL ID for those whose appointments were canceled.  In the meantime, the following document-related services are available online:

  • Renew Your Driver License (but not REAL ID)
  • Order a Duplicate Driver License
  • Change Your Address

For more information, visit https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/.

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