Driver License Extensions

The DMV is offering eligible Californians more time to complete driver license renewals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Noncommercial Licenses

California has extended noncommercial driver licenses (including AB 60 and limited-term) expiring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The terms of your extension depends on your age.

  • License holders 69 and younger (Beginning March 1, 2020): Most drivers now qualify for online renewal.
  • License holders over the age of 70 (March-December 2020 expirations): Extension valid for one year from original expiration date.

The extensions are automatic, but eligible drivers will not receive a new card or paper extension in the mail. As an option, these drivers can request a free temporary paper extension online through DMV’s Virtual Field Office to document their extension, though one is not needed to drive.


Commercial Licenses

All commercial driver licenses, endorsements, and certificates expiring March-December 2020 have an extension valid through December 31. The extension is the same for commercial license holders both under and over the age of 70.


Driver License Permits

Noncommercial driver license permits expiring between March-November 30, 2020 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 September 2020 are now valid through September 30, 2020. The extensions require no individual action on the part of drivers.

Quick Facts:

– Extensions require no action on the part of the driver.
– There is no cost for an extension.
– DMV has alerted California law enforcement of the extensions.
– You will not receive a new card in the mail. You may drive with an expired license or permit only if you meet the criteria outlined above for your license type.

License/Permit TypeExpiration MonthStatus
Age 70 & older (noncommercial)March-December 2020– Extended one year from original expiration date
Age 69 & younger (noncommercial)Beginning March 2020– Expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail for licenses expiring during the emergency
Commercial (all ages)March-September 2020– Extended to September 30, 2020
Learner’s permitsMarch-November 2020– Extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application

You may be wondering…

With DMV field offices providing limited services during the COVID-19 emergency, Californians may need to renew their driver licenses at field offices and may not be eligible to renew online or by mail.

DMV is also extending permits for those who may not be able to get a driver license or commercial driver license while behind-the-wheel drive tests were suspended.

With regard specifically to our senior customers, California law prohibits California drivers age 70 or older from renewing online or by mail. Issuing one-year extensions ensures that seniors can keep their driver license current. The DMV wants to ensure this vulnerable group can avoid a DMV office visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.California Vehicle Code §12814.5Drivers age 70 and older must renew in person to test attributes known to decline with age, such as vision and reaction time. Around 860,000 seniors visit DMV offices every year for an in-person license renewal, an average of 71,666 a month. Issuing extensions ensures that over the next few months, seniors can keep their driver license current. The DMV wants to ensure this vulnerable group can avoid a DMV office visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proceed with renewing your license online or by mail. If your license is expiring or already has expired, you can request a temporary extension while you wait to receive your new card. There is no late fee for renewing an expired license.

No.

A paper extension notice is optional. DMV has extended eligible driver licenses and alerted law enforcement of the extension.

If you would like a paper extension, you may request a copy by filling out the request form in the DMV Virtual Field Office.

You may also call the DMV Call Center at 1-800-777-0133 to request a paper copy.

Yes. The extension includes drivers required to renew in-person due to a health or vision condition.

Yes. Your recently expired license is sufficient to pass through airport security without the temporary paper extension. TSA will accept recently expired state-issued driver license or identification cards.