Some drivers who renewed expired documents said despite the three-day shutdown they had had a pleasant experience and believed the crowds would be worse.
“It’s the busiest I’ve seen in a while, but it’s not as bad as it used to be,” said Lawrence Kaufmann. “I remember the days when you stayed here without moving and sat here for hours.”
The Mays Landing resident needed to renew his truck registration, which had expired. The line went through the gate and extended to the entrance to the parking lot on Broadway Avenue, he said. Kaufmann said the renewal process is much more organized than it was over 25 years ago.
At MVC’s office in Lower Township on Wednesday, Luisette Rodriguez, of Wildwood, said she was unaware the offices had not been open for several days.
“I actually didn’t know it was closed, but if I was in their shoes and had a date, I would have been very disappointed,” she said. “I would have created a petition explaining why, and I would have asked questions about why it was closed.”
“It didn’t bother me at all,” said Brian Cassidy, of Villas. “I spent time with my family.
Cassidy said all he had to do was return the plates.
Official documents expire at the end of the month. MVC officials gave residents an extension as they said many residents were procrastinating and waiting until the last minute to renew their documents.