22 November
Virginia

Some Virginians can now choose a two-year renewal option for driver’s licenses and ID cards. This new service was instituted to minimize the number of in-person DMV visits during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Customers who qualify may obtain a two-year credential by applying through the DMV website. When the two-years are up, individuals can visit the DMV to renew a five or eight-year credential and have a new photo taken.

18 November
California DMV Extends Driver’s License Permits Through May 2021

The California DMV is extending driver’s license permits through 2021 so student drivers will have more time to complete the requirements needed for a provisional license. Eligible permits will be extended six months from their expiration date, or to a date 24 months from the application, whichever is earlier. The extension applies to learning permits expiring through May 2021.

17 November
Wisconsin extends DL renewal dates for drivers aged 60+

The Wisconsin DMV has extended the license renewal deadline for drivers over the age of 60. Those drivers now have until January 21, 2021, to renew their driver’s licenses without a late fee.

17 November
Illinois extends expiration dates 

Expiration dates for Illinois driver’s licenses and ID cards will be extended until June 1, 2021. This extension also includes those who have February, March, April and May 2021 expiration dates. As a result, expired driver’s licenses and ID cards will remain valid until June 1, 2021. CDL (Commercial Driver License) holders and commercial permit holders are excluded from this extension due to federal requirements.

2 November
Idaho extends date of licence renewals

The Idaho DMV is extending the expiration date on non-commercial driver’s licences. In an effort to reduce wait times at county DMV offices, non-commercial driver’s licences that expire between September and December, now have until 31 January 2021 to renew.

30 October
Michigan extends validity of IDs, licences

Michigan will now extend the validity of enhanced driver licences, enhanced official state personal identification cards, and official state personal identification cards that expired on or after 1 March. Each will now be valid until 11 December.

6 October
Washington extends validity of licences

Due to the ongoing pandemic and limited capacity at driver licencing offices, the Department of Licencing (DOL) is continuing to extend the expiration dates of valid Washington state driver licences and instruction permits. Automatic extensions apply to driver licences and learner permits expiring 1 March through 30 April, as well as those expiring 1 October through 31 December. This gives licenced drivers extra time to renew online or schedule an appointment for in-person service, if required, without incurring penalties or late fees. Permit holders can continue to practice driving.

  • Licences and instruction permits expiring 1 March through 30 April were extended an additional 90 days, for a total of 270 days. This means they will expire nine months after the date printed on the card.
  • Licences and instruction permits expiring 1 October through 31 December were extended 90 days. They now expire three months after the date printed on the card.

Washington Commercial driver licences (CDLs) and commercial learner permits (CLPs) with expiration dates on or after 1 March have been automatically extended through 31 December if they have not yet been renewed. All CDL types and endorsements are included. The extension is being made with guidance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to keep essential services operational during the pandemic response.

5 October
Nebraskans can print licences at home

Beginning 1 October, Nebraska drivers who renew their driver licences online will have the option to print their temporary licence at home. Previously, when renewing a driver licence online, the only way to obtain a temporary driver licence while waiting for the new license to be printed and delivered, was to visit a DMV office. Design changes have been made to the temporary licence to ensure it can be printed at home from any standard printer. The temporary licence is printable on an 8.5×11 sheet of paper and does not feature the holder’s photo. The new temporary licence is valid for driving purposes as a stand-alone document. Individuals may need to provide a secondary form of identification when used for any other identification purpose.

5 October
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island extend licence validity

Pennsylvania
PennDOT is once again extending expiration dates on specific commercial driver’s licences and permits in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Commercial learner’s permits scheduled to expire from 16 March through 29 November are extended through 29 November.
  • Commercial driver licences scheduled to expire from 16 March through 29 November are extended through 29 November.
  • Hazardous Materials Endorsements for Pennsylvania-licenced commercial driver’s licence holders who had a valid, unexpired HME with a determination of no security threat on or after 6 March are extended until 29 October.

Rhode Island
Rhode Island DMV credentials originally due to expire in March, June and September have been extended to November. These extensions include driver licences, learner permits, ID cards, Commercial Learner Permits, and Commercial Driver’s Licences.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

1 October
California, Connecticut extend grace period

California
The California DMV announced that it is extending deadlines for expiring licences (including Commercial Driver’s licences) to 31 December. The change impacts licences that expire(d) between March and the end of the year. The extension is automatic, but eligible drivers will not receive a new card in the mail. Beginning 5 October, drivers can request a free temporary card online to document the extension, though one is not needed to drive. California law enforcement has been alerted.

There are two exceptions to the new extension. The following licences, if they expire(d) between March and 31 December, are automatically extended as follows:

  • Age 70 and older (non-commercial): Valid until one year from original expiration date
  • Learner’s permits (non-commercial): Extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application

Connecticut
The Connecticut DMV is extending deadlines for expiring driver’s licences (including Commercial Driver’s Licences), permits and identification cards, as follows:

  • From 10 March through 31 May: Valid until 30 November
  • From 1 June through 30 November: Valid until 31 December

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

28 September
Kansas extends licence expiration dates

Laura Kelly, Governor of Kansas, has signed an executive order that allows driver’s licences that expired during the COVID-19 pandemic to remain valid until 26 January 2021. Licences that expired after 12 March will be extended, as long as holders are not able to renew at a state facility.

25 September
Nevada launches online DL renewals

Residents of Nevada with driver’s licences or ID cards that expired during the coronavirus pandemic can now renew them on the DMV’s website.

“As many as 75,000 Nevadans can use this service right now,” Julie Butler, DMV Director, said. 

“Enabling drivers to skip the trip to the DMV not only helps them, it will help the DMV serve those who need car registrations or other services much more quickly.”

Butler added that drivers who renew their licences online must remember to cancel their office appointment.

Residents can take advantage of the new services if their expiration date is 12 March or later. 

Nevadans who qualify can renew online even if they have received a postcard stating that an in-person renewal is required. 

According to the DMV, renewed cards will be mailed using the customer’s existing photograph.  

For drivers 65 and older, a one-year licence extension remains in effect to give them more time to schedule a DMV office visit. 

According to reports, an extension for all licences and ID cards remains in effect through 12 November.

25 September
Illinois licences remain valid until next year

Illinois will extend expiration dates for driver’s licences and ID cards an additional three months – from 1 November until 1 February 2021. The new 1 February extension also includes those who have October, November, December and January expiration dates. As a result, expired driver’s licences and ID cards will remain valid until 1 February 2021, so customers do not need to visit the DMV during the pandemic.

22 September
Kentucky reaches REAL ID milestone

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licences and identification cards issued.

Security Document World reports applicants are increasingly choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities.

Beginning 1 October 2021, verified identification such as REAL ID licenses and IDs will be required for boarding domestic commercial flights and entering military bases and secure federal installations. 

Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky, says the US state will continue to issue standard driver’s licences and IDs.

“At no time will anyone be required to switch to a REAL ID licence in order to drive. But the REAL ID is the state of the art in secure personal identification.”

Jim Gray, Kentucky Transportation Secretary, says the 50,000 milestone would likely have been reached sooner if not for the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our offices have been operating at reduced capacity because of the social distancing necessary for protecting the health of our customers and staff,” he said.

“Fifty thousand is a milestone, but we believe that number will grow exponentially as Kentuckians learn of the advantages of REAL ID, and access increases.

“We have a long way to go to both catch up on expired credentials and get Kentuckians REAL IDs, but this milestone is impressive.

“It’s only been possible because of our Driver Licencing professionals, who have performed remarkably to keep delivering in-person services while keeping citizens and their team members safe from COVID-19,” he added.

Security Document World reports Kentucky has about 3.6 million operator licences and state ID cards in effect at any given time.

The cabinet estimates that about a third of that total, about 1.2 million, will eventually be REAL IDs.

14 September
More licence extensions announced

Hawaii
The Hawaii Department of Transportation has extended the expiration dates for driver’s licences and instructional permits set to expire between 16 March through 29 September. Such credentials will remain valid through 30 September.

Nevada
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Nevada state officials stated that driving and ID credentials with an expiration date of 12 March or later would remain valid until 13 September. The Nevada DMV recently announced a second extension for certain licences and ID cards. Driver’s licences, identification cards, non-commercial instruction permits, and Driver Authorisation Cards will be given an additional 60 days for renewal.

North Carolina
On 4 September, the governor of North Carolina granted a new extension of the expiration dates of certain DMV credentials. For a credential that has already expired or is about to, the new expiration date is 30 days after the governor lifts the state of emergency order related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This extension applies to: CDL licences, CDL permits, and state ID cards.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

11 September
Hawaii grants grace period for expired DLs

Thousands of drivers are holding an expired Hawaiian driver’s licence but cannot renew it because of COVID-19. The Stay At Home, Work From Home order temporarily closed many DMV offices, resulting in the backlog of expired licences. But the governor’s 12th emergency proclamation means that licences that expired between 16 March and 29 September are considered valid until 30 September.

7 September
Pennsylvania, Virginia announce new dates

Pennsylvania
Expiration dates for commercial driver licences and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents through 30 September. Expiration extension deadlines on non-commercial driver licences, photo identification cards, learner’s permits and camera cards will expire on 31 August.

Virginia
The governor of Virginia has announced a 60-day extension for DMV customers with expiring driver’s licences, learner’s permits and identification cards in August, September and October. Also, the validity of driver’s licences, learner’s permits and IDs that expire in November has been extended through 30 November.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

4 September
Arizona adds 1 year to licence expiry dates

Arizona drivers with expiring licences can wait until 2021 to renew them due to a new executive order aimed at keeping people away from MVD offices during the pandemic. The extension adds a year of validity to any Arizona driver’s licence that expires between 1 March and 31 December. For example, a licence set to expire 15 September 2020 will now expire 15 September 2021.

3 September
West Virginia DMV extends expiry dates

The West Virginia DMV has announced that any driver’s licence, ID card, instruction permit, Graduated Licence (Level 1, 2, or 3), or Commercial Driver’s Licence (CDL) – as allowed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – with an expiration date of 1 March or later, will be extended until 31 December.

31 August
Illinois extends expiry date for older drivers

Illinois residents 75 years old or older now have an extra year to renew expired driver’s licences. The new expiration date will be one year from the 2020 expiration date. Letters are being sent to drivers that qualify for this extension. Drivers should keep the letter with them as further proof of the one-year extension.

18 August
Wisconsin, Guam extend licences

Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s DMV has granted drivers over age 60 an additional 60-day extension to renew their driver licence. Drivers over age 60 whose licence expired after 12 March now have until 23 November to renew their licence in person at a DMV office.

Guam
The US territory of Guam’s Motor Vehicle Division has issued an automatic extension of all driver’s licences and ID cards that expired during the Government of Guam’s closure due to COVID-19. Credentials expiring 1 September 2019 to 28 February 2021 must be renewed by 1 March 2021.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

12 August
North Dakota sets out plan with expired licences

Douglas Burgum, Governor of North Dakota, has announced that all renewals for driver licences which expire(d) 1 March or later have been extended and will follow a phased schedule:

  • Licences which expired in March, April or May must be renewed no later than 30 September.
  • Licences which expired in June must be renewed no later than 31 October.
  • Licences which expired, or will expire, in July, August, September or October must be renewed no later than 30 November.
  • Licences which expire in November and December must be renewed no later than 31 December.

4 August
More states adjust licence validity

Wyoming
A 180-day grace period signed by Wyoming’s Governor Mark Gordon gives residents more time to renew their driving and ID credentials. Previously, Gordon signed an executive order extending it 90 days. The extension – which applies to credentials expiring between 15 March and 30 September – allows high-risk groups to wait to renew. A letter describing the 180-day grace period is available via the DMV website for residents who want print and carry documentation with them. 

Northwest Territories (Canada)
Following the reopening of DMV offices, the Government of Northwest Territories has extended expiration dates on the region’s driver’s licences and general identification cards. Any NWT driver’s licence or general identification card that expires during the period of 31 March 31 August will remain valid until 1 September.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

3 August
Connecticut, Kansas make DMV announcements

Connecticut
The Connecticut DMV has announced that people with eligible driver’s licences, driver permits, and ID cards that expire between 1 August and 30 September will automatically be granted a 90-day extension.

Kansas
The governor of Kansas has signed an Executive Order extending relief from online driver’s licence renewal age restrictions that prohibit those 50 years old or older from renewing driver’s licences online. Under the new order, all drivers under 65 years old are allowed to use the online renewal system.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

31 July
North Carolina DMV extension period ends

After granting a five-month extension to renew registrations or licences, North Carolina’s Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding motorists that time is almost up.

Port City Daily reports that beginning 1 August, registrations scheduled to expire will no longer be granted an extension for renewal.

Registrations that were extended due to the coronavirus will also begin to expire.

According to Port City Daily, expiration dates that fall between 1 March through 31 July are granted a five-month extension under Senate Bill 704.

For example, if your vehicle’s registration had a 31 March deadline, its new due date will be 31 August. If it has a 1 July registration deadline, its new deadline would be 1 December.

30 July
Iowa, Nevada extend licence expiry dates

Iowa
Pursuant to the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency signed by Iowa’s governor on 24 July, driver’s licences that expired beginning 16 January and during the emergency, have driving privileges extended through 23 August.

Nevada
Nevada has granted motorists aged 65 and older who are required to renew their driver’s licence in person, a one-year extension.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

27 July
District of Columbia, Pennsylvania extend dates

District of Columbia
District of Columbia driver’s licences that expired on or after 1 March remain valid until 45 days after the District’s public health emergency is lifted. Drivers will need to carry a copy of a DMV-issued memo when driving outside of the District.

Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that expiration dates for driver’s licences, identification cards and learner’s permits will be extended again. Driver licences, photo ID cards and learner’s permits expiring between 16 March and 31 August have been extended to 31 August.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

20 July
Nevada, Oklahoma extend dates

Nevada
The grace period for driver’s licences and ID cards that expired between 12 March and 15 July has been extended by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to 13 September.

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Commercial Driver’s Licences and Commercial Learner Permits that expired on or after 1 March are now valid until 30 September.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

16 July
New extensions for California, West Virginia

California
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is granting an automatic one-year extension to Californians age 70 and older with a non-commercial driver licence with an expiration date between 1 March and 31 December.

West Virginia
The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles will grant a continued blanket renewal extension for many driver’s licences. Any driver’s licence, including Graduated Driver’s Licence (Levels 1, 2, and 3, and includes February expiration dates) and Commercial Driver’s Licence Instructional Permits, including Commercial Permits expiring 1 March or later are now automatically valid until 30 September.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

13 July
New Jersey extends expiry dates

In New Jersey, standard driver’s licences, learners permits, and ID cards that expired between 13 March and 31 May have been extended to 30 September. Credentials expiring between 1 June and 31 August are now extended to 31 December. Commercial driver’s licences had previously been extended to 30 September.

10 July
Illinois extends licence, ID expiration dates

Expiration dates for Illinois driver’s licence and ID cards have been extended an additional month, to 1 November. The extension includes credentials with July, August and September expiration dates.

7 July
No more extensions at Kentucky DMV

Kentucky DMV offices are gradually reopening. One consequence of this is that effective 7 July, Kentucky drivers licences, permits and ID cards that expire on or after 7 July will no longer receive a 90-day renewal date extension, and cardholders will be responsible for renewing their credential with their local circuit court clerk office in order for it to be considered valid. Cards with an expiration date between 18 March and 6 July are still under the March emergency order that automatically provides a 90-day extension to the credential’s printed expiration date.

3 July
New extensions for Michigan DLs and ID cards

Michigan has passed legislation that gives holders of driver’s licences, commercial driver’s licences, enhanced driver’s licences and state ID cards that expired between 1 February and 30 June until 30 September to renew.

3 July
Hawaii, Rhode Island now allow gender-neutral DLs, IDs

Hawaii
A new gender option is now available for Hawaii state IDs, driver’s licenses, and commercial driver’s licenses that allows the residents to apply, renew, or obtain a duplicate credential and select “X” or “Not Specified” in the gender data field instead of the binary “M” (Male) or “F” (Female). Credentials may be modified starting 1 July.

Rhode Island
Rhode Island residents can now select a gender-neutral designation on their driver’s licence. The new option will appear on driver’s licences as an X. The move aligns Rhode Island with neighbours Connecticut and Massachusetts and several other states.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

2 July
Rhode Island, Tennessee extend state of emergency

Rhode Island
Rhode Island has extended its state of emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, all Rhode Island identification cards and driver’s licences, including Commercial Driver’s Licences (CDLs), set to expire in the month of July will now expire 90 days from their expiration date.

Tennessee
The state of emergency in Tennessee has been extended to 29 August. This has prompted the extension of expiration dates of driver’s licences (except CDLs) and ID cards due for renewal during the period to 15 November.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

29 June
Virginia, Wisconsin extend expiration dates

Virginia
Pursuant to a new Executive Director issued by Virginia’s Governor, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will extend the validity of every driver’s licence and ID card that expires on or before 31 July for up to an additional 90 days, with 31 October as the absolute latest for any credential. This is in addition to the previous extension of up to 90 days through 31 August. Credentials expiring after 31 July must be renewed before their usual expiration date.

Wisconsin
Due to elevated pandemic-related health risks for people age 60 and older, the Wisconsin DMV is granting them an additional 60 days to renew their driver license. They have until 24 September to renew.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

26 June
North Dakota, Pennsylvania extend expiry dates

North Dakota
Pursuant to a new executive order in North Dakota, all driver licences which expired on 1 March or later will be considered valid until 31 August.

Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced that state-issued driver licences, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire this year between 16 March and 31 July have been extended to 31 July.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

22 June
More licence expiration dates modified

Kansas
Kansas is now offering temporary relief from age restrictions that prohibit applicants 50 years of age or older from renewing their driver’s licence online. All drivers under the age of 65 are now allowed to use the Department of Motor Vehicle’s online renewal system until 31 July or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires, whichever is earlier.

Minnesota
Minnesota is extending its Peacetime Emergency Declaration, put in place due to the pandemic, through 13 July. This will extend the expiration date for driver’s licences, instruction permits, provisional licences, and state-issued ID cards. Any credential that is set to expire between 13 March and 31 August will be valid until 30 September.

South Carolina
In March, the South Carolina DMV extended the expiration date of identification cards and driver’s licences and that were set to expire between March and June. As of 1 July, all South Carolina ID cards and driver’s licences, commercial or non-commercial, must be properly renewed to be considered valid.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

16 June
FMCSA extends expiration dates
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the expiration of commercial driver licences and non-commercial driver licences, set to expire on or after 1 March, to 30 September. The extension applies specifically to commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to transportation of:

  • livestock and livestock feed;
  • medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; and;
  • supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitiser, soap and disinfectants.

16 June
Maine, Washington make COVID-19 announcements

Maine
The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will soon resume sending notices to residents with expired licences and upcoming renewals, encouraging them to renew now rather than wait until the renewal grace period ends, which is currently 9 August.

Washington
The Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) is automatically extending the expiration dates of valid driving instruction permits. The extension applies to permits with expiration dates on or after 1 March through 30 September as follows:

  • Permits with an expiration date between 1 March and 30 June will be extended for 180 days (six months) after the date printed on the permit.
  • Permits with an expiration date between 1 July and 30 September will be extended for 90 days (three months) after the date printed on the permit.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

15 June
Oregon, Rhode Island extend expiration dates

Oregon
The Oregon law enforcement citation moratorium for expired driver licences, permits, and ID cards has been extended through 1 October. This grace period allows Oregon residents to continue driving while they wait for an appointment with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which is working through the backlog caused by COVID-19 restrictions. Law enforcement can verify a driver’s status electronically during a traffic stop.

Rhode Island
Rhode Island has extended the expiration dates of its driving and ID credentials as follows:

  • All Rhode Island driver’s licences, including commercial driver’s licences, permits, and identification cards set to expire between 1 March and 31 March shall now expire 180 days from their expiration date.
  • All Rhode Island driver’s licences, including commercial driver’s licences, permits, and identification cards set to expire between 1 April and 30 June shall now expire 90 days from their expiration date.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

2 June
Several DMVs reopen offices
Several state DMVs have begun reopening their offices for business. Most DMVs continue to encourage customers to conduct transactions online, if possible, to limit the number of in-person visitors to branch offices, as a way to minimise the transmission of COVID-19. For the same reason, states continue to grant automatic extensions to driver’s licences and ID cards set to expire during the pandemic. Here are some of the most recent extensions:

Illinois
Illinois Secretary of State has announced his office’s reopening plan – starting 1 June – with the first two months focused on serving only new drivers, customers with expired driver’s licences, ID cards and vehicle transactions. There are currently more than 700,000 expired driver’s licences and ID cards in the state. Illinois has extended expiration dates by at least 90 days after the governor’s 1 June disaster proclamation executive order ends. This extension will ensure driver’s licences and ID cards remain valid and alleviate the initial rush of customers visiting the reopened facilities.

Nebraska
To help protect vulnerable Nebraskans during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nebraska’s governor has signed an executive order which extends the validity of driver licence for Nebraskans who are 72 years of age and older. All senior driver licences that expire between 1 March and 31 December will remain valid for one year from the date of expiration. In March, the Governor’s executive order extended the expiration date for all driver’s licences and state ID cards until 30 days after the emergency declaration is lifted.

Nevada
The expiration dates of Nevada driver’s licences and ID cards that expired on or after 16 March have been extended. People will have 90 days after the DMV reopens to renew their credentials. If an expiration date falls within 30 days after reopening, people will have 60 days after reopening to renew.

New Mexico
Many New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) offices will reopen on an appointment-only basis starting 1 June. On 30 March, New Mexico’s Governor issued an executive order temporarily waiving MVD fees and penalties for expired licences and directing state police not to issue citations to New Mexicans whose documents expired during the pandemic. On 28 April, MVD announced it had automatically prepared more 32,000 90-day temporary licences for people whose licence had expired during the pandemic. MVD will continue issuing automatic 90-day temporary licences.

Pennsylvania
The expiration dates for driver licences, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from 16 March through 30 June have been extended until 30 June. These extensions are in addition to those announced in April, which extended credentials with expiration dates up to 31 May to 30 June.

South Dakota
Most South Dakota driver licences set to expire in 2020 have had their expiration dates extended to 2021 by Governor Kristi Noem. The Governor signed an executive order that extends the state’s emergency declaration through 30 December, meaning that driver licences that expire between 13 March and the end of the year are valid through 30 March 2021. The extension covers driver licences, motorcycle operator licences, restricted minor’s permits, motorcycle restricted minor’s permits, non-driver identification cards, commercial driver’s licences and commercial learner’s permits.

Virginia
The Virginia DMV is again extending the validity of Virginia driver’s licences and identification cards that have expired during the COVID-19 pandemic. Credentials that expired between 15 March and 31 May can be renewed within 90 days after the expiration date. Credentials expiring from 1 June to 31 July should be renewed by 31 August.

Washington State
Washington driver licences with an expiration date between 1 July and 30 September will be extended for 90 days. This means these driver licences will expire three months after the date shown on the licence.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

28 May
California, Massachusetts announce extensions

California
California has authorised new extensions to state-issued driving credentials. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has alerted local law enforcement of these extensions.

  • Non-commercial driver’s licences issued to California drivers aged 70 and older and which expire in June or July are automatically extended 120 days. Licences in this category that expired in March are now valid until 31 July. This extension also covers limited-term licences for this age group.
  • Non-commercial licences for drivers 69 and younger that expire(d) in March through July are now valid through 31 July.
  • Non-commercial California driver’s licence permits expiring in July or August will remain valid for six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application, whichever is earlier.
  • All California commercial driver’s licences, endorsements, and learner’s permits that expire between March and June will remain valid through 30 June, according to federal guidelines.

Massachusetts

  • Massachusetts driver’s licences (including Commercial Driver’s Licences) and ID cards that expire(d) in March, April, and May will now expire in September.
  • Licences and ID cards that will expire in June have been extended until October. Credentials set to expire in July have been extended until November. And credentials that will expire in August will be valid until December.
  • Learner’s permits, including Commercial Learner’s Permits (CLPs), expiring in March 1 through August 31 will remain valid until December 2020. This extension will allow drivers-in-training to complete the required road tests when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
  • Customers holding a driver’s licence or ID card marked “Limited-Term” expiring between 1 March and 31 August can check the validity of their credential here.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

27 May
More states extend licences, IDs

Hawaii
Hawaii has extended the expiration dates on driver’s licences and ID cards as follows:

  • Driver’s licences and instructions permits expiring between 16 March through 31 May are valid an additional 90 days.
  • Credentials that expired 16 March are now valid until 14 June.
  • Credentials that expired 1 May are now valid until 30 July.
  • Credentials that expire 31 May are now valid until 29 August.
  • Commercial Driver’s Licence (CDL) and Commercial Learner’s permits that expire(d) between 16 March through 31 May are extended up to 90 days, but no later than 30 June per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Maine
The expiration date of driver’s licences, driver permits, and state ID cards that expired 15 March or later will be extended through 11 July. This is 30 days after the end of Governor Janet Mill’s declaration of a civil emergency.

Michigan
Michigan will extend through 31 July the expiration date on all driver’s licences, learner’s permits, and ID cards (including enhanced versions) that expire(d) between 1 February and 30 June. CDL renewals will be exclusively limited to those who transport goods and services necessary for sustaining life during the coronavirus outbreak.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

25 May
New Jersey, Connecticut extend licences, IDs

New Jersey
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) announced that driver’s licences that expire between 13 March and 31 May have been automatically extended to 31 July. Licences that expire on 30 June are now extended until 31 August. Anything that expires on 31 July now expires on 30 September. Meanwhile, NJMVC offices remain closed to customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has extended the previously announced 90-day extension for expiring credentials to 180 days as the state continues to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. This means eligible credentials set to expire between 10 March through 30 June will be covered for 180 days from the expiration date. The extension applies to all driver’s licences, permits, and ID cards. It also includes temporary (paper) licences obtained after 10 March.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

20 May
Oklahoma launches REAL ID pilot programme

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has issued about 110 REAL ID cards to employees in Oklahoma City in order to test the new system.

Because of problems with the COVID-19 pandemic, REAL IDs have yet to be made available to Oklahomans.

KTEN reports the REAL IDs were originally scheduled to be ready on 30 April, but officials now say residents will not be able to get one until summer.

“We hope to be at least in Oklahoma City on 1 July issuing REAL IDs at a select location,” REAL ID project manager Randy Rogers said.

According to KTEN, Oklahoma is one of only two states currently not issuing REAL IDs. Oregon is the other one.

The federal deadline to have a REAL ID is 1 October 2021.

20 May
District of Columbia extends expiration date

The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has extended the expiration date for all driver’s licences and ID cards expiring 1 March through the duration of the public health emergency, until 45 days after the health emergency concludes and DC DMV reopens at full operating capacity.

14 May
Tennessee extends ID, licence deadlines

Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee, has extended his COVID-19 executive orders until the end of June. Driver licences and photo ID renewal deadlines are further extended. CDL licence types are extended until 30 June; other types are extended until 15 November. Deadlines for new Tennessee residents to obtain a Tennessee driver licence are further extended until 30 June. 

11 May
California, Pennsylvania DMVs take COVID-19 action

California
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that driver licence permits expiring between March and 30 June are extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application, whichever is earlier. Commercial learner’s permits expiring between March and June are also now valid through 30 June.

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDoT) is further extending the expiration dates of driving and ID cards set to expire after 16 March. Such credentials will now remain valid until 30 June. Meanwhile, PennDOT will gradually start opening branch offices as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

8 May
North Carolina extends ID, licence expiration dates

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will grant a five-month extension to ID cards and licences that expire from 1 March to 1 August. The extension applies to driver’s licences, learner’s permits, limited learner’s permits, limited provisional licences, full provisional licences, commercial driver licences, commercial learner’s permits, temporary driving certificates, and special identification cards.

7 May
Wisconsin announces plan with expired driver licences

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted extensions to approximately 80,000 people whose driver licences expire during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those extensions expire 25 July. Starting 11 May, certain Wisconsin drivers will be able to renew their regular (Class D) licences online through the DOT pilot licence renewal programme. Commercial Driver Licences do not qualify. To renew online, a driver must be a US citizen age 64 years or under and have no negative vision changes or new medical restrictions since the last renewal. Customers who renew online will receive a confirmation email to print and use until their new card arrives by mail within 10 days.

4 May
More states take driver’s licence action

Hawaii
Commercial Driver’s Licence (CDL) expiring between 16 March and 31 May are allowed an extension of up to 90-days, up to but not beyond 30 June.

Idaho
Driver’s licences expiring between 1 March and 31 May have been granted emergency extensions to 30 June. Extension letters can be obtained at the DMV website. There is a 30-day grace period for commercial driver’s licences and a 90-day grace period for Class D licences and Identification cards.

Pennsylvania
The expiration date of driver’s licences, learner’s permits, and ID cards set to expire from 16 March through 31 May are extended to 30 June. Driver’s licence centres statewide have been closed since 16 March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tennessee
The requirement that new residents obtain a Tennessee driver licence within 30 days of becoming a resident has been extended to 17 June.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

1 May
Arkansas, New Mexico DMVs take new measures

Arkansas
The Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is not penalising residents for failing to renew an expired driver’s licence during the COVID-19 pandemic. DMV offices are open, but the agency understands that some drivers are not comfortable making an in-person visit, out of concern for their health. The agency has asked all law enforcement officials in the state to exercise discretion when dealing with drivers whose licence has expired.

New Mexico
The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) has announced that many drivers with expired licences can now get a 90-day temporary licence while branches are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This applies to licences that expire between 11 March and 15 May. The MVD has already prepared more than 32,000 printable temporary licences. Driver’s licences not eligible for temporary renewal include: commercial licences, interlock or DWI temporary licences, and limited licences because of suspensions.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

28 April
More DMVs respond to COVID-19

United States
California
Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order specifying (among other things):

  • State-issued identification cards expiring on or after 3 March are now valid through 22 June.
  • The deadline to renew temporary driving permits has been pushed 60 days for permits that expired on or after 4 March or will expire within 60 days from 23 April.

District of Columbia
DC DMV has extended the expiration date for all documents, including driver’s licences and ID cards, expiring 1 March through the duration of the public health emergency, until 29 June. Such documents have been granted a waiver without penalty until DC DMV reopens at full operating capacity.

Mississippi
All valid driver’s licences, learner’s permits, intermediate licences, and ID cards set to expire between 14 March and 30 June will instead expire on 3 August.

Rhode Island
All driver’s licences, including commercial licenses, permits, and ID cards set to expire between 1 May and 31 May are now set to expire 90 days from the expiration date. State law enforcement has been advised.

Virginia
Virginia’s Executive Directive has been updated to extend the validity of driver’s licences and identification cards expiring on or before 10 June for 90 days from original expiration dates, not to exceed 31 July. This means that a credential set to expire between 15 March and 1 May will be valid for 90 days beyond the expiration date, and credentials with an expiration date from 2 May to 10 June will expire on 31 July.

Canada
British Columbia
Carriers of goods and passengers operating into British Columbia under the International Registration Plan may have their registration (licence) and cab card expiry date extended by their base jurisdiction. Although their home jurisdiction registration documents will appear to be expired, the credentials still may be valid.

Nova Scotia
All driver licences expiring in March, April, May and June will have a five-month extension from the original expiration date.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

20 April
More DMVs take COVID-19 action

Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is again extending deadlines for expiring driver’s licences due to the coronavirus crisis. Those facing May 2020 expiration dates will have 60 additional days to renew. Previously, registry officials extended licences and other permits for 60 days if they expired in March. Those drivers who will now have an additional 60 days, or a total of 120 days from the date of expiration, to renew their licence, state officials said.

Montana
Montana’s Attorney General and a Motor Vehicle Division administrator have provided more details about a recent directive that allows drivers to renew their licences online and by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. Class D licences that expire between 1 March and 31 May will remain valid for an additional 90 days after their expiration date, and the renewal will last for two years. Those who renew online or by mail without a medical report, will need to self-certify their health to receive a two-year renewal. An eight-year renewal requires a medical report, which can be done by mail. Commercial Driver’s Licences (CDLs) and medical cards were given an extension until 30 June if the card expired on 1 March or later.

Vermont
People with expired driver’s licences in Vermont, can still use those credentials when buying alcohol. According to the Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery, expired Vermont drivers’ licences are getting a free pass during the pandemic since the DMV offices are closed. Licences can, however, be renewed online.

West Virginia
Due to the continued closure of all Regional Offices, the West Virginia DMV will now grant a 90-day extension on many driver’s licences with expirations dates occurring in the month of May. This announcement revises the recent memorandum that extended the expiration date of any of the following documents with an expiration date in March or April (and now May) of 2020 for three months from the date of expiration. Any driver’s licence (including Graduated Driver’s Licence levels 1, 2, and 3 and including February expiration dates) and CDLs.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

17 April
More states extend expiration of driver’s licences

California
Due to COVID-19 restrictions in California, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced it will automatically allow drivers under age 70 with an expiring licence, to delay renewal until the end of May. This grace period applies to drivers whose licences expire in March, April and May. The DMV will also allow commercial drivers with expiring licences and certifications until the end of June before requiring renewal. Drivers impacted by the extension will not receive new licences by mail, but the DMV has advised California law enforcement of the extensions.

Michigan
Michigan’s governor has signed an executive order extending expiration dates for driver’s licences expiring during the stay home order. The extension applies to licences which cannot be renewed online; such licenses are now valid until 30 June.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

14 April
More DMVs take coronavirus action

Illinois
Illinois’ Secretary of State announced that his office filed emergency rules extending expiration dates for driver’s licences and identification cards for at least 90 days after Driver Services facilities reopen. If the state’s governor does not extend his stay-at-home order, that would be 29 July. The previous extension was for 30 days.

Ohio
Ohio’s governor has shut down all but five of the state’s 181 Bureau of Motor Vehicle locations amid the coronavirus pandemic. The governor has signed a bill stating that Ohio licences (including driver’s licences, CDLs, identification cards, temporary instruction permits, vehicle registrations and vehicle temporary tags), expiring during the declared State of Emergency will remain valid until either 90 days after the declared emergency ends, or 1 December, whichever comes sooner.

Wisconsin
To reduce in-person branch office visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is automatically renewing all driver licences and commercial driver licences for 60 days. All ID cards can be renewed online.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

10 April
Arizona extends licences by six months

For all Arizona driver’s licences that expire between 1 March and 1 September, the state will automatically extend the expiration date by six months.

8 April
More DMVs respond to coronavirus

Alaska
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Alaskan non-commercial and commercial driver licences (CDL) that expire during the pandemic period, may be extended for six months. However, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is encouraging qualified applicants whose licence will expire during the COVID-19 outbreak period, to request a temporary licence. In-state extensions are allowed when online renewal is not available, and all credentials, including commercial, will be extended by six months from date of application. Only CDL applicants whose licence will expire during this period, and drivers who cannot renew online, may apply for an extension.

California
The California DMV is providing a 120-day extension to Californians age 70 and older with a driver licence that expires from 1 March to 31 May. California law requires drivers age 70 and older to visit a DMV field office to renew their licence but gives the DMV authority to issue extensions. Eligible drivers will receive a paper licence extension by mail in the next two weeks. About 860,000 seniors visit DMV offices every year for the required in-person licence renewal.

Montana
Commercial driver licences and medical cards will be given an extension until 30 June if the card expired on 1 March or later.

Oregon
All Oregon CDLs (including commercial learner permits) expiring between 1 March and 29 June, now expire on 30 June.

South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety will extend the expiration dates of driver’s licences (including CDLs and minor’s licences) and non-driver ID cards, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expiration date extensions will apply starting 13 March through the duration of the Governor’s state of emergency for COVID-19, plus an additional 90 days.

Washington
The Washington Department of Licencing will automatically extend the expiration date on all driver licences and ID cards set to expire 3 April through 3 July. The new expiration date will show up on those driver records if accessed by law enforcement.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

6 April
More DMVs respond to COVID-19 pandemic

Iowa
With spring planting season just around the corner, many Iowa farm workers will need to obtain a restricted commercial driver’s licence to assist with farm operations. To limit the number of people who come into the service centres and reduce their potential exposure to COVID-19, the Iowa Department of Transportation will be reviewing applications and issuing restricted commercial driver’s licences remotely and mailing them out to these customers.

Montana
Montanans can renew their driver licences online and by mail until the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency. A Directive issued on 1 April by Governor Steve Bullock allows Montanans to renew their driver licences online and by mail, providing the licence has not been expired for more than one year. The renewal will last for two years.

New Mexico
To help halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices in New Mexico will be closed until further notice. Driver’s licences (except for first-time REAL ID licences) can be renewed online. State police is further directed, and local law enforcement is encouraged, not to issue citations for licences that expire during the waiver period.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

2 April
Washington changes licence renewal policies

The Washington Department of Licencing (DOL) has temporarily closed all driver licencing lobbies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most Washington residents are now eligible to renew their licences and identification cards online.

Rules have been relaxed to accommodate online services.

Persons under age 24 and over 70 may renew online for the next 30 days, or longer if deemed necessary.

The DOL is also suspending the requirement to visit a licencing office every other renewal.

1 April
More DMVs continue to shut down branches

Oregon
From 25 March to 28 April, only six Oregon DMV offices will be open, by appointment only, and only for commercial driver knowledge tests and commercial driver licence issuance. Until the emergency is over, Oregon law enforcement agencies and associations have agreed to exercise flexibility and discretion when reviewing driver licences and ID cards.

West Virginia
The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles has closed all Regional Offices due to COVID-19 concerns. They are extending the expiration date of any driver’s licence, including commercial driver’s licences an expiration date in March or April for three months from the date of expiration on the face of the document.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

31 March
More states extend driver’s licences

California
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has completely closed all field offices across the state until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Following the deep cleaning of offices, expansion of virtual services online and development of new protocols, the DMV will offer in-person services at various locations. On 1 April, DMV field office employees will return to process transactions and begin training on the DMV Virtual Field Office, which began as a limited pilot on Monday, the agency reported.

Georgia
Georgia’s Department of Driver Services is offering a 60-day extension for a driver’s licence or ID card that expires between 22 March and 30 June. All branch offices are closed for in-person transactions.

Kansas
Laura Kelly, Governor of Kansas, has signed an executive order allowing a 60-day extension of driver’s licence renewals.

Maine
Maine has extended a waiver for all driver’s licences, driver permits, state identification cards, commercial driver licences, dealer licences, salvage motor vehicle recycler licences, driver/rider school licences and instructor licences that expire during the period of emergency, which began 15 March. Additionally, driver licence vision test requirements are waived during this period, which allows many driver licence and State ID holders to use the online renewal service

Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles began enforcing a strict no walk-in policy at all Service Centres open to the general public. The only transactions that will be processed at service centres are those that require an in-person transaction, including Commercial Driving Licences or Permits (CDLs/CLPs), out of state conversions, and new Mass IDs. All Class D, Class M and Class DM driver’s licences, ID cards, Learners’ Permits, and commercial driver’s licences and permits (CDLs / CLPs) with an expiration date between 1 March and 30 April have had a 60-day extension applied to their credential. The extension does not apply to individuals whose end of stay in the United States is the same as the expiration date on their driver’s licence, ID card, or Learner’s Permit.

Michigan
All Michigan Secretary of State Office branches are closed during Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay at Home” order. Customers may use self-service terminals or the Secretary of State Office’s website for many transactions. The office will schedule emergency appointments for essential workers who need their driver’s licences (such as commercial licences) renewed immediately. While no licence and ID card expiration extensions have been granted, police are asked to be lenient if drivers’ documents have expired.

Missouri
Missouri is extending the renewal dates up to two months for driver licences, non-driver licences and non-commercial instruction permits with expiration dates set between 1 March and 30 April. However, the state will not waive the mandatory retesting requirement for people who have allowed their licence to expire for more than 184 days.

New York
All New York DMV offices are closed. The expiration date of any driver’s licence or non-driver identification expiring on or after 1 March will be extended. The executive order that dictates these changes will remain in effect until at least 19 April.

North Dakota
North Dakota has waived expiration dates for driver’s licences from 1 March until the coronavirus disaster has ended.

Pennsylvania
All driver licence centres and photo licence centres in Pennsylvania are closed until further notice. Driver licences, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from 16 March through 30 April, the expiration date is now extended until 31 May. The extended expiration date also applies to commercial driver licences.

Washington, DC
In-person customer service centres at the DMV are closed. The DMV has extended the expiration date for all documents expiring 1 March through 28 April, including driver licences and identification cards, until 15 May. Such credentials have been granted a waiver without penalty until the DC DMV reopens at full operating capacity.

Wyoming
Wyoming has ordered a 90-day grace period to residents whose driver’s licences or identification cards expire between 15 March and 1 June. The state is also suspending all non-commercial driving exams for 90 days.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

27 March
New REAL ID deadline date revealed

The Department of Homeland Security announced it would be delaying the deadline for Americans to apply and receive a REAL ID due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to reports, President Donald Trump’s administration has decided to extend the deadline until 1 October 2021 after Departments of Motor Vehicles across the USA were forced to close to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID,” Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement on Twitter.

26 March
REAL ID deadline delayed ‘until at least September 2021’

The deadline to obtain a REAL ID will be extended until at least September 2021, according to a draft version of the Senate stimulus bill obtained by CNN.

Before the coronavirus pandemic swept across the USA, states were preparing to issue residents REAL ID-compliant driver’s licences or identification by the 1 October deadline.

CNN reports that as of last month, only about 35% of IDs complied with the REAL ID Act.

Even before the pandemic, it was unlikely that all states would meet the deadline.

Last month, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told lawmakers that the prospect of all states being able to issue their constituents a REAL ID by October 2020 was “probably fairly small.”

24 March
Trump delays REAL ID deadline due to coronavirus

President Donald Trump is delaying the 1 October deadline for Americans to get a REAL ID, as part of an effort to limit people’s exposure to the coronavirus.

“I’m also announcing that we’re postponing the deadline for compliance with REAL ID requirements,” he said at a White House briefing.

“At a time when we’re asking Americans to maintain social distancing, we do not want to require people to go with their local DMV. We will be announcing the new deadline very soon.”

Several lawmakers have requested the delay in recent days, citing challenges stemming from the coronavirus.

23 March
More DMV branches close, calls for REAL ID delay

Alaska
Mike Dunleavy, Governor of Alaska, has asked the federal government for an extension on the REAL ID deadline, due to the ongoing national emergency caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak. In many parts of rural Alaska, people have not yet acted to bring their identification into compliance.

Connecticut
Sibongile Magubane, Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), announced effective as of the close of business on 17 March, all DMV Branch Offices will be closed to the public for the transaction of business until further notice. DMV announced last week it is offering a 90-day extension to Connecticut residents with expiring driver’s licences, identity cards and learner’s permits that expire between 10 March and 8 June.

California
California is taking additional precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. California DMV offices will no longer accept “walk ins”. Customers must have an appointment. Also, the DMV will be opening a “virtual office” on 23 March. There, motorists will be able to upload and electronically sign documents to avoid in-person visits. Many transactions still require a visit, like turning in one’s REAL ID paperwork, getting a photo taken or taking a written test.

The DMV asked California law enforcement to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver licence expiration dates beginning on 16 March.

Florida
Under an emergency order signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, all driver’s licences, including commercial driver licenses and ID cards, will be extended an extra 30 days past the expiration date. The order affects licences due to expire from 16 March to 15 April.

Hawaii (Oahu)
The City of Oahu’s new measure automatically grants a 90-day extension on the expiration date of driver licences and state identification cards that expire in the months of March, April, May and June.

Iowa
The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) said it is making changes in response to COVID-19 as well as Governor Kim Reynolds’ issuance of a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. The DOT said driver licences with an expiration date of 16 January 2020 or later will remain valid until the end of the declared disaster.

Montana
An executive order extending expired driver licence renewals for 90 days was signed last week. The extension applies to licences that expire in March, April or May.

Nevada
Governor Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Department of Vehicles announced an automatic 90-day extension for anyone with expiring drivers’ licences and other DMV documents. Extensions are granted on any DMV document expiring between 16 March and 30 April.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire DMV non-commercial driver’s licences and non-driver identification cards that are expired or will expire from 1 March through 30 April are eligible for a six-month extension.

Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s Department of Public Safety is extending the expiration date of all Class D driver licecses, commercial driver licenses (CDL), and Oklahoma identification cards on with an expiration on or after 15 February “until further notice.”

Texas
Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) to waive expiration dates temporarily for driver’s licences, commercial driver’s licences and other identification credentials to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This suspension will be in effect until 60 days after the TDPS provides further public notice that normal driver’s licence operations have resumed.

Virgin Islands
In coordination with the Virgin Islands Police Department, the bureau will automatically extend customers driver’s licences that expired between 16 March and 31 May to 15 June.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

20 March
Tennessee DMV announces coronavirus plans

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has unveiled the state’s plan to prevent the spread of coronavirus inside crowded driver services centres.

Starting 20 March, Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicles will limit the number of people allowed inside at one time.

According to reports, customers will receive an e-ticket and wait out in their cars. They will then be texted or called when it is their turn to enter.

WMC Action News 5 reports citizens are no longer required to appear in person and have a new photograph taken through 1 October 2021. This will allow customers with expiring credentials to renew online and not visit in person.

However, non-US citizens with temporary driver’s licences (Class XD and XID) will still need to visit in person to renew those licenses upon expiration of the current license.

All driver’s licences, learner permits, commercial driver licences, photo IDs, and handgun carry permits that would expire between March 12 and May 19 will be extended for six months from the original expiration date.

The department will issue a letter of extension to the individuals affected. Affected individuals will be required to keep the letter with them during the extension period.

If you want to get a REAL ID at this time, WMC Action News 5 reports you will still need to visit a Driver Services Centre.

The governor has, however, asked the federal government to delay the REAL ID deadline.

The federal government’s decision on the matter is still pending.

20 March
Senator urges Trump to postpone REAL ID

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy has asked President Donald Trump to consider a one-year extension to the REAL ID deadline.

Under the current timeframe, all US citizens will be required to have a REAL ID to fly domestically by 1 October.

In a letter to the president, Kennedy says the current deadline could cause significant disruptions to the nearly 125 million Americans who need to obtain the new identification.

“To expect 125 million Americans to obtain the REAL ID before the 1 October enrolment deadline seems nearly impossible,” Kennedy wrote in a letter to Trump.

“Achieving that goal within seven short months becomes even more unlikely given nationwide reporting that the process for obtaining a REAL ID can be overly bureaucratic and take hours upon hours from a person’s work day.”

According to Security Document World, Kennedy cited reports showing as many as 99 million people will not have the new ID in time.

“The very first day as many as 80,000 flyers would be turned away, and that would be a huge inconvenience and hassle for them, and hurt the economy,” Kennedy says.

“You got to pay extra fees, and basically get a new driver’s license. If other states departments of motor vehicles are as archaic and slow as ours in Louisiana, we are going to have a big mess,” he says.

20 March
New Jersey extends expired driver’s licences

To reduce crowds at DMV offices during the COVID-19 outbreak, New Jersey drivers are now being granted an automatic two-month extension on driver’s licences, vehicle registrations and inspection stickers that expire in March, April or May.

Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he would ask the Department of Homeland Security to postpone the REAL ID deadline.

The federal agency has not yet announced any plans to do so.

19 March
More states close REAL ID offices

All Kentucky REAL ID offices are temporarily closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state’s transportation cabinet says IDs or other types of transportation related documents that expire while licencing offices are closed, will be granted a 90-calendar day extension past their printed expiration dates.

19 March
DMVs close, reduce hours amid coronavirus crisis

Virginia
The state’s 75 Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) branches closed on 18 March, pushing all essential services to be conducted online or via mail.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered that the states’ driver’s licence or identification holders whose credentials expire on or before 15 May, will have the additional 60 days to renew without a late fee.

People eligible to renew online or by mail can do so.

Maryland
Maryland is reducing hours of operation at all its Motor Vehicle Administration locations, suspending all non-commercial licence testing and offering in-person service by appointment only.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered an extension of all driver’s and business licences, ID cards, permits and registrations that expire or are eligible for renewal during the state of emergency.

Those credentials will not expire until a month after the state of emergency is lifted.

The governor also directed state transportation officials to close all vehicle emissions inspection sites and work with health officials to turn them into drive-through coronavirus testing centres.

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

18 March
Several states advocate for extension of REAL ID deadline

Illinois
All driver services facilities throughout Illinois will be closed until 31 March.

Expiration dates for driver’s licences, identification cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings will be extended by 30 days through an emergency rule.

Mississippi
All Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices are closed due to COVID-19.

Oregon
Oregon is set to begin issuing REAL IDs to state residents in July, making it the last state to do so. COVID-19 is just one reason the state is asking for an extension on the REAL ID deadline.

Other DMV responses to the coronavirus outbreak:

California
The California DMV offices will remain open amid widening coronavirus restrictions and closures, but it is asking law enforcement officers to “exercise discretion” for motorists with expired licences or registrations for 60 days starting 23 March.

The DMV said it is taking this action so that seniors and those with underlying health conditions can avoid required visits to DMV field offices for driver’s licence or vehicle registration renewals.

Idaho
The Idaho Transportation Department has started issuing automatic 90-day extensions for expiring driver’s licences and non-commercial registrations.

Idaho won’t mandate statewide closure of all county DMV offices as concerns grow over the global coronavirus pandemic, saying the authority to close them fell to county sheriffs and assessors.

Instead, the department urged Idaho residents to use online services in an effort to “reduce large gatherings of people.”

Compiled by Kristin Stanberry

18 March
White House asked to delay REAL ID deadline

The National Governors Association has asked the White House to extend the REAL ID deadline amid the coronavirus crisis.

Bloomberg reports Larry Hogan, Chairman of the Association, requested the extension for all states in a letter to President Donald Trump.

Democratic lawmakers such as House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio of Oregon and Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi have also requested a delay in the implementation deadline citing the “challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak.”

“For implementation to go smoothly, DHS would need tens of millions of Americans to get new identifications over the next several months,” they said in a statement.

“Creating lines at Departments of Motor Vehicles would be foolish during a pandemic.”

Bloomberg explains REAL ID was required by an act of Congress following the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a measure to force states to exercise better supervision of identification.

17 March
Pressure on Homeland Security to extend REAL ID deadline

The US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Committee on Homeland Security and Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to delay the REAL ID Act implementation deadline.

Citing the impact of the coronavirus, the limited number of citizens with compliant identification, and the lack of contingency planning by the DHS, the chairs issued a statement regarding their plea.

“While we recognise the administration’s commitment to ensuring the nation’s full compliance with the REAL ID Act, the challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak and its impacts on the aviation industry must lead DHS to delay the October 1 implementation deadline,” the statement read.

“For implementation to go smoothly, DHS would need tens of millions of Americans to get new identifications over the next several months.”

“Creating lines at Departments of Motor Vehicles would be foolish during a pandemic,” the chairs added.

Under the DHS’s current plans, beginning 1 October 2020, every air traveller older than 18 years will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s licence or other acceptable form of identification to board a commercial aircraft.

The DHS has repeatedly stated that it has no plans to extend the compliance deadline.

According to the statement, the DHS has previously announced that states have collectively issued roughly 95 million REAL ID-compliant driver’s licences and ID cards out of 276 million total cards.

The statement adds that a recent survey concluded that 78,500 travellers could be denied access to their flights on the first day of implementation of REAL ID at airports if preparedness does not improve.

13 March
‘No more REAL ID excuses’ with DMV Express

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced its new “DMV Express” to improve its costumers’ experience.

According to the DMV, its latest modernisation allows people the opportunity to fill out the online application for REAL ID, upload documents at home and receive an “Express Experience” at a local DMV office.

“No more excuses. No reason for Californians who want a REAL ID not to come to an office. No appointment is needed, and now there is an option to bring your confirmation and be treated as if you have an appointment,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon.

“Fill out the application, upload your documents and bring those documents with your confirmation number for an ‘Express Experience’ the same day or at your earliest convenience.”

According to the DMV, the new service – which is available at 23 offices – allows customers planning to get a REAL ID to upload documents for authentication prior to visiting the office to shorten the REAL ID application process in the office.

The customer can then visit a field office the same day or at their earliest convenience to receive express service without an appointment.

The express service is available at the following offices: Davis, El Monte, Fremont, Fullerton, Laguna Hills, Los Gatos, Manteca, Newhall, Pasadena, Pleasanton, Redwood City, Sacramento Broadway, San Clemente, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose Driver License Processing Center, San Mateo, San Pedro, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Temecula, Vacaville and Walnut Creek.

The DMV’s new feature comes amid fears that the coronavirus outbreak will adversely affect its efforts to issue millions of REAL IDs before the 1 October deadline.

12 March
Could coronavirus force REAL ID deadline extension?

Californian lawmakers fear that the coronavirus outbreak will adversely affect its efforts to issue millions of REAL IDs.

Los Angeles Times reports the state is already falling short in issuing REAL IDs and that the pandemic could add extra strain on its efforts.

Lawmakers fear that amid the coronavirus panic, people will be discouraged form visiting crowded Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices.

According to the newspaper, California’s DMV requested an additional $200 million to continue efforts to issue the federally required IDs to the estimated 8 million residents who are expected to file an application this year.

More than 10 million additional drivers in the state do not have a REAL ID licence, but are not expected to immediately request one.

The California State Assembly’s Phil Ting expects the coronavirus pandemic will force the federal government to consider extending the 1 October deadline for requiring that people show a REAL ID to board domestic airline flights.

“You can’t tell people to stay home and then tell them to go someplace to pick up a licence,” he explains.

Los Angeles Times reports the US Department of Homeland Security has not indicated any deadline extension.  

Steve Gordon, Director of the DMV, also said his agency has no plans to restrict access to field offices.

The DMV reportedly says it expects 16 million Californians will want to get a REAL ID to meet new federal security requirements by the 1 October deadline and about half of them have not yet done so.

The agency says it has been issuing up to 450,000 REAL IDs per month, but would have to issue more than twice that amount monthly to meet the goal of getting the identifications in the hands of all 16 million.

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