Government offices will be closed to observe of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Government offices will be closed Monday, January 16, 2023, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday

All schools, colleges, and universities will not be in session on MLK Day. Classes will resume the following day on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

A statement from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) said all facilities, including agencies, road test sites, and inspection stations, will be closed Monday, in observance of the state holiday.

The website is open 24/7, allowing most NJMVC business to be completed online at the customers’ convenience.

Over 25 online services are available, including license renewals and replacements, vehicle registration renewals and replacements, address changes, fee and surcharge payments, driver abstract requests, personalized and specialty plate requests, and more.

New Jersey residents seeking motor vehicle services should always visit the NJMVC website first to utilize online services, schedule required appointments for in-person services and driver testing, and resolve the most common motor vehicle-related customer concerns.

May all citizens take time on this occasion to reflect on Dr. King’s words and work toward the dream of a stronger society built on equality, but few Americans actually understand the scope of the slain civil rights leader’s ideology.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the United States honoring King’s birth, although the holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year, while his actual date of birth was Jan. 15.

The holiday commemorates the life and work of the Baptist minister who was a pivotal leader in the American civil rights movement. He was an advocate for nonviolent protests to end racial segregation in the U.S. and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964 for his work.

He went on to lead campaigns against poverty and international conflict, always maintaining fidelity to his principles that men and women everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal members of the human family.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, but during the less than 13 years of his leadership, the civil rights movement achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality for African Americans than the previous 350 years had produced.

The first national observance of MLK day in the U.S. began in 1986, and it is now celebrated as a federal holiday each year.

All banks will be closed on MLK Day, though ATMs and online banking services will be accessible. Additionally, the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed.

All non-essential government agencies and federal courthouses will be closed on MLK Day. Call local agencies to confirm their holiday closures.

All public libraries will be closed on MLK Day as they are federal institutions.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will be closed on MLK Day and will not be making deliveries to homes or businesses. Other delivery and postal services like Fedex and UPS will be open, though they may have modified services.

Not only are national parks open, but all entrance fees to national parks in the U.S. are waived on MLK Day.

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