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27 April 2021

New Jersey Adds ‘X’ Gender Option for Driver’s Licenses, ID Cards

New Jersey has added an “X” gender option for driver’s licenses and ID cards for those who do not want to specify male or female, the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission announced this month. The commission said that the option is for residents who identify as nonbinary, as well as for those who do not want to indicate their gender on their ID. The state planned to allow the “X” option late last year but delayed the change because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

19 April 2021


Oahu residents with driver’s licenses, learner’s permits and state identification cards that have expired since the middle of March 2020 now have an additional 60 days to renew them. The expiration dates of these credentials have been extended through June 8, 2021.

13 April 2021

New Jersey driver’s license for unauthorized immigrants

Starting 1 May 2021, unauthorized immigrants living in New Jersey may apply for the documentation they will need to legally operate a motor vehicle in the state. The standard license will not be REAL ID-compliant. The unauthorized immigrant driver’s license law, which was passed in 2019, was originally scheduled to take effect early this year but was delayed by the COVID pandemic.

Missouri “Show-Me ID” mobile app

The Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has partnered with the Missouri DOT Highway Safety and Traffic Division to launch a free app to help retail employees verify the authenticity of IDs. The “Show-Me ID” mobile app works by scanning the ID with the camera on a mobile phone or tablet. The app, now available to all Missourians, automatically signals the user when a scanned ID is fraudulent and indicates whether the bearer of a legitimate ID is of legal age to purchase alcohol or tobacco products. The Show-Me ID app does not store the information from IDs it has scanned.



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8 April 2020

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.



26 March 2021

Arizona and IDEMIA have just introduced a Mobile ID app in the state.

On 25 March 2021, the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division announced that it now offers a digital identification credential to residents via a new app, Arizona Mobile ID. Developed with IDEMIA, the app allows Arizona’s licensed drivers and ID cardholders to use their smartphones as a form of ID. The app supports physical ID verification while adding convenience and security.

4 January 2021

The Governor of Arizona has issued an Executive Order deferring renewals of standard driver licenses with an expiration date between 1 March 2020 and 28 February 2021, by one year from their original expiration date. A previous deferral applied to renewals of standard driver licenses (Class D and Class M) through 31 December 2020. For example, a person whose standard driver license shows an expiration date of 10 February 2021 will now expire 10 February 2022.

4 September 2020
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.



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2 March 2021

The California DMV has announced a new round of extensions for all commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), commercial learner’s permits (CLPs) and endorsements that expire(d) between March 2020 and May 31, 2021. All such licenses will be considered valid through May 31, 2021. This extension follows current guidance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

18 November 2020
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.

16 July 2020

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.



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12 March

Delaware launches new mobile ID

On 9 March, the Delaware DMV announced that it now offers a digital identification credential to residents via a new app, Delaware Mobile ID. Developed with IDEMIA, the app allows Delaware’s licensed drivers and ID cardholders to use their smartphones as a form of ID, transforming the way residents prove and manage their identity.



20 May 2020

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.

27 July 2020

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.



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18 February 2021

The deadline to renew Hawaii driving and ID credentials that were set to expire since March 16, 2020 will be extended to April 13, 2021.  The extension applies to all driver licenses, state IDs, learners permits and commercial driver licenses with expiration dates within that timeframe will remain valid until April 13.


3 July 2020
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 2020.



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17 November 2020
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.


31 August 2020
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.



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19 March 2020

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.



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20 April 2020
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.



2 June 2020
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.



30 July 2020
Nevada has granted motorists aged 65 and older who are required to renew their driver’s licence in person, a one-year extension.



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1 April 2020
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. All driver licenses and permits that expired March 1, 2020, or after continue to be extended by Executive Order at least through March 28, 2021.



14 September 2020

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.



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9 December 2020

Ohio has extended the expiration date of driver licenses, identification cards, and vehicle registrations beyond December 1, 2020. For credentials set to expire between March 9, 2020, to April 1, 2021, the expiration date has been automatically extended and will remain valid until July 1, 2021.



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7 January 2021

On 1 January 2021, Oregon joined the growing list of states that offer driver’s licenses for state residents who are undocumented immigrants. Oregon residents no longer need to provide proof of legal presence to get a standard Oregon driver license or ID card. Applicants must provide a Social Security number or a written statement. These credentials are not REAL ID compliant.

23 December 2020

The Oregon DMV has extended the validity of driver licenses and permits expiring between 1 November 2020 and 30 April 2021, to up to three months after their expiration date. This will allow the DMV to catch up on processing renewals during the Coronavirus pandemic.



27 February 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is extending the expiration dates for both commercial driver’s licenses and commercial learner’s permits to March 31. The agency says this will be the final extension granted to mitigate COVID-19 exposure.


17 January 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced a new state law that will allow Pennsylvanians experiencing homelessness to obtain a free photo identification card, providing they meet certain requirements. The new law will become effective 25 January 2021.



3 July 2020

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.



2 June 2020
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.



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22 December 2020

Texas driver licenses, commercial driver licenses, commercial learner permits, and identification cards that expired on or after 13 March 2020 will be considered valid until 14 April 2021.



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17 January 2021

Virginia offers two-year renewal option for driver’s licenses, ID cards

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles now offers a two-year renewal option for driver’s licenses and ID cards. The option is available to customers aged 75 and over, and most customers who renewed online or by mail last time. (Those who need a REAL ID-compliant credential must visit the DMV in person.) Customers can to renew online or by mail to receive a driver’s license or ID card valid for two years. When the two-year credential expires, customers must visit the DMV to renew and obtain a standard five-year or eight-year credential and have a new photograph taken. The two-year renewal option has been available since September 2020.

7 January 2021

On 1 January 2021, Virginia joined the growing list of states that offer driver’s licenses for state residents who are undocumented immigrants. Virginia’s Driver Privilege Card is for state residents who do not qualify for standard or REAL ID-compliant driver’s license because they are non-US citizens and don’t meet Virginia’s legal presence requirements. (They must, however, meet other requirements.) Driver privilege card applicants in Virginia are not eligible for a commercial driver’s license or identification card. Virginia’s driver privilege card is not REAL ID compliant.



2 March 2021

Most Washington State commercial driver licenses (CDLs) and commercial learner permits (CLPs) with expiration dates on or after March 1, 2020 are now extended through May 31, 2021. The extension applies to all CDL types and endorsements except CDLs with a hazardous materials (hazmat) endorsement. This extension is in line with guidance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and TSA to keep essential transportation services operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4 January 2021

The Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) is continuing to extend state-issued driver licenses and instruction permits. Extensions apply to licenses and permits expiring 1 March 2020 through 31 March 2021. The extension does not apply to identification cards.

Below is a summary of standard driver license extensions in effect:


  • Licenses and permits expiring 1 March through 30 June 2020 are valid 360 days past the date printed on the card.
  • Licenses and permits expiring 1 July through 30 September 2020 are valid 270 days past the date printed on the card.
  • Licenses and permits expiring 1 October through 31 December 2020 are valid 180 days past the date printed on the card.


  • Licenses and permits expiring 1 January through 31 March 2021 are valid 90 days past the date printed on the card.



25 February 2021

The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles will honor the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extension of expiration dates on some Commercial Driver’s Licenses and Commercial Learner’s Permits. Specifically, CDLs or CLPs that expired on or after 1 March 2020 are extended until 31 May 2021.

19 December 2020

The West Virginia DMV has announced that any driver’s license, instruction permit, Graduated License, Commercial Driver’s License or ID card with an expiration date of March 1, 2020 or later will be extended until March 31, 2021.



26 February 2021

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to renew expired Wisconsin licenses for drivers age 60 and over has been extended to May 21, 2021. This extension will allow older, at-risk drivers who might otherwise need to renew their licenses at a DMV office, more time before renewal.



4 August 2020

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. 


Federal news and ID cards

04 March 2021

U.S. Military ID cards for dependents and retirees

Cards that were set to expire in 2020 have been granted an automatic extension through June 2021.

3 January 2021

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

As part of its continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a waiver offering regulatory relief to commercial driver license and commercial learner permit holders. The waiver builds on previous federal notices, the first of which was issued 24 March 2020. The waiver states, in part, that states may extend the validity of CDLs that expired on or after 1 March 2020, beyond the maximum of eight years set forth in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. “This waiver is in the public interest because it would allow drivers covered under this waiver to deliver essential supplies and persons across state lines to address the national emergency and would aid in the economic recovery,” the notice states.

*This is not an exhaustive list but includes news and announcements about driving and ID credentials that we are aware of.
Please always check with the appropriate authorities to confirm if the regulations are still in place.

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