COVID-19 News from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and New Tax Deadlines

March 20, 2020

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Chair and Commissioner issued an administrative order extending deadlines for Motor Vehicle Dealer License Renewals and the expiration of Dealer Plates. Please click here to view a copy of the Order. The Order is not available on the Commission’s website as of this writing.

Dealer Licenses: The deadline for submission of all 2020 New Jersey Motor Vehicle Dealer License renewal applications is extended to May 31, 2020. The expiration date of any Motor Vehicle Dealer License in good standing as of today will be extended until the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has reviewed and made a determination on the application for renewal.

Dealer Plates: All existing dealer plates remain valid through June 30, 2020.

The federal government is allowing Americans an extra 90 days (July 15) to pay their taxes due. Both houses of the New Jersey Legislature unanimously passed legislation (A-3841) that would automatically extend the time for filing to follow any new federal due date — provided, however, the extended due date shall be no later than June 30, 2020 under the bill. The reason for the June 30, 2020 deadline is that the state operates on an annual fiscal year budget and likely does not want to risk the loss of additional revenues to close out its fiscal year 2020 budget.

Stay safe!


Anthony Bush of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC Anthony Bush is a Member in Eckert Seamans’ Princeton Office and has extensive commercial litigation and regulatory experience with an emphasis on issues impacting the automotive industry. His clients include operators of wholesale motor vehicle auctions, auto dealerships, wholesale auto parts distributors, finance companies, lessors, and auto body repair facilities. Tony and Eckert represent clients in corporate and consumer litigation including class actions, land use matters, business counseling, employment matters, franchise disputes, before the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, and in legislative and regulatory issues affecting the automotive industry. For more information about any of the issues above, or any other legal issues impacting your business, contact Tony Bush at (609) 989‐5056 or

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