New Jersey may have a birthday gift for frazzled motorists

People wait at the Motor Vehicle Center in Wayne

People wait at the Motor Vehicle Center in Wayne

New Jersey lawmakers are weighing a proposal to change the expiration date for driver’s licenses.

Instead of expiring at the end of the month, the four-year license renewal date would be a driver’s birthday, under the bill sponsored by Sen. Tony Bucco.

He said that should ease congestion at Motor Vehicle Commission offices.

“We have found that the motor vehicle agencies have been inundated at the last minute because people wait until the last minute to go in there to renew their licenses, and it creates a long line,” said Bucco, R-Morris. “This way, with doing it on their birth date, it staggers it throughout the month.”

Sen. Steve Oroho, R-Sussex, said he would welcome the change.

Gov. Chris Christie suggested the idea after hearing drivers complain about long lines at Motor Vehicle Commission offices.

The Senate Budget Committee advanced the legislation that’s awaiting action in the Assembly.

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