CShul <cshu...> wrote  7-12-12:
what's the best location and time of day/day of week to renew drivers license at NJ MVC to avoid long lines?   thanks


State of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission - Bergen County

8 Mill Street Lodi, NJ 07644
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Copper Tree Mall 350 Ramapo Valley Road, Suite 24 Oakland, NJ 07436 
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Wallington Square  450 Main Avenue Wallington, NJ 07057 
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Hours gen. M-F 8:00-5:30; Tues 8:00-7:30; Sat morning; closes Sun


rka  I renewed in April and they have revamped the system, I really did not wait long.

jpsa Middle of the month in wallington. Good luck

amal  Don't know about which days are better but I think towards the end of the month is busier. Oakland is good location to go to. It's not too crowded. Don't go to Lodi!

TheKos  I actually had court in New Brunswick today so I went to nearby Edison and was in and out in less than one half hour.  Unfortunately, unless you happen to be in that neck of the woods, I wouldn't think that the extra 45 minutes travel time each way will be worth it.

Yofi1   Just went yesterday to Oakland.  About 20 minutes to get there but only 6 minutes to renew.  I got there 5PM.  They are open most days till 530PM.  Friend went this morning at opening and it also took him very little time   Lodi was a nightmare

schan  Its not the time, its the place. Go to MVC office in North Bergen - it is always faster.

alisaa  went today to oakland got there at around 9:45 and was out in one hour.

meag   I tend to go to the Paterson DMV right when they open, and I've never had a long wait- Its not the best area to travel to, but I've never had any trouble, and there are never long lines- even on the rare occasion I get there mid day. I HIGHLY recommend staying away from totowa/wayne- I got there an hour before they closed once and they sent me away saying that by the time I got to the front of the line (which was out the door!) they would be closed.

baty I have had good luck with the Rutherford and Wayne offices. I suggest avoiding Lodi--it's awful.

dov  I don't know the best place but middle of the month is supposed to be the best.

eli  department of motor vehicles said the worst time to come is at the end of the month

leor  ...just went a few weeks ago to oakland. He was one of the first ones there and it took him about 30 minutes to get it all done. His advice to you is to get there about 30 minutes before it opens

noa I have used Wallington in the past. They are efficient and give you a number. It is next to Hasbrouck Heights.

tam Oakland. rt 4 to 208  to ramapo valley rd or way

deb I just went on monday actually to lodi to renew my license. mondays in beginning? of month are supposedly the worst. Whatever. I got there at 9:45 and was out by 11:10 or so... It wasn't horrible. I would allot 1 1/2- 2 hrs to be safe.....

beni We went to North Bergen on Wednesday and arrived about 1045. Was done in 40 minutes. Last year it took 4 hours so things are better.

Oakland. URL for information is

cha I was in and out in 10-15 minutes. Don't go at end of month or beginning of next month. Don't go in evening on day with evening hours. Otherwise, any time should be good. Also, staff is very courteous.

cs I went to Oakland on Friday morning 11am middle of the month.  It took 55 minutes.  Its inside mall with Staples.  won't take laminated social security cards

dan oakland but not on tuesday

mart Several years ago I went to the one in Lodi off Route 17 South  It was on an evening when they stay open late. I went an hour before closing - I had all my paper work in order. I felt they "rushed" me through. Did not even have time to read the book I bought. I think the workers all wanted to go home so they processed me very quickly.

ben Go to lodi in the middle of the week before or after lunch.

jef Lodi is generally long lines. Probably sine they are also the closest facility to densely populated areas like Bergen County.   Go to Oakland it is in the shopping center (corner) where staples is - off Ramapo valley rd.  I got there at 7:30AM and left by 8:15. A friend of mine went in the afternoon at 5PM and was out before 5:30.  Be advised they close at 5:30 regardless of who is still on line.

am Avoid Lodi at all costs. Go to Oakland. It is a little hard to find. It is a tucked away in a shopping center. The shopping center forms an L. In the corner, right where the two rows meet, there is a door to an indoor "mall" that has some stores. That is where you'll find the DMV.