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RELEASE: March 16, 2012

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Newton Agency now offering knowledge test and vision screening to new drivers

(NEWTON) – After a nearly five-year absence, the Newton Agency will once again be home to driver testing services in Sussex County. Effective immediately, the agency will offer basic and Commercial Drive License (CDL) written (knowledge) tests, along with vision screening, during normal business hours Monday through Saturday. Agency staff will also be able to schedule road tests at other sites for customers.

“The Newton Agency has a tremendous staff that’s been recognized for its customer service and commitment to the community, so it was important for us to ensure that residents once again had local access to driver testing,” said MVC Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez. “I’m pleased that we were able to work with the legislative delegation of District 24 to bring this service back to Sussex County.”

Driver testing was eliminated in July 2007 when the Newton Agency moved to its current location at 51 Sparta Avenue. Since then, residents needing to take the written test had to travel to the Washington Agency in Warren County or the Randolph Agency in Morris County.

“With motor vehicle services being such a basic need, it’s essential that Sussex County residents have easy access,” said Sen. Steven Oroho (R-24). “I appreciate the MVC affirming the value of this service and modifying its operations to allow for the return of driver testing.”

Due to positive changes to Civil Service Commission rules regarding title changes, the MVC was able to create a multi-functional agency position and cross-train staff so that driver testing could be offered at no additional cost. Previously, only specific Civil Service titles could perform the task of driver testing, while others only provided general motor vehicle services.

“It’s all about flexibility and continually monitoring services and the needs of our customers,” added Martinez. “When we see a change or improvement that is necessary, we must be able to easily adapt, which is exactly what we did here in Newton to return driver testing.”

For more information about driver testing or other services offered at the Newton Agency, visit www.njmvc.gov.