No appointments are available in New Jersey for hopeful teens and other first-time drivers flocking to the Motor Vehicle Commission in pursuit of a driver’s license. A spokesperson for the MVC says the agency is experiencing an unusually high demand for first-time licenses and issuing a record number of driver’s permits. The extra-high demand is attributed to several pandemic-related factors, like staffing shortages and students requesting their permits individually instead of in bulk through public schools, as well as the backlog of teens who couldn’t take the test during the pandemic.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers are repeating their demand for the MVC to fully reopen agencies for all transactions. The commission is planning to send a mobile unit to various sites over the next couple of weeks to help alleviate demand for the written portion of a driver’s test, including to Passaic Community College and Bordentown Township in Burlington County.