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Driver License Extension FAQs

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Driver License Extension FAQs

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is extending driver licenses expiring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Extensions require no action on the part of the driver.

DMV has alerted California law enforcement of the extensions.

Why is DMV issuing extensions?

With only select DMV field offices currently open to the public during the COVID-19 emergency, many Californians are unable to renew their driver licenses at field offices and may not be eligible to renew online or by mail.

How do I know if I qualify?

All California license holders, including AB 60, under age 70 with a noncommercial driver license expiring between March and July 2020 have an extension through July 31, 2020.

When will I receive my extension?

DMV is extending license expiration dates through July 31, 2020. You will not receive a new card or an extension in the mail.

Does the DL extension include commercial drivers?

Yes. Commercial driver licenses, endorsements, and certificates expiring between March and June, are extended to June 30, 2020.

Are AB 60 licenses included in the extension?

Yes. The extension covers AB 60 license holders.

Are limited term driver licenses included in the extension?

Yes. The extension includes limited-term license holders.

I’m under age 70 but required to renew in-person because of a health or vision condition – do I get the extension?

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

How do I request documentation of the extension?

Fill out the request form on the DMV Virtual Field Office to receive an extension by email.

Is there a way to request this extension without using the DMV website?

A paper extension may be mailed upon request through the DMV Call Center.

Why doesn’t DMV just mail me an extension?

A paper extension is optional. The DMV has extended all driver licenses and alerted law enforcement of the extension. The DMV developed the online request form to expedite the process for individuals that want to document an extension.

How much does the extension cost?

There is no cost for an extension.

What if I’m eligible to renew my license online or by mail?

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.

What licenses are not eligible for an extension?

Californians with a suspended license are not eligible for the extension.

Is it legal to drive with this temporary extension?

Yes. California drivers may continue to drive with their license that expired between March 1 and July 31, 2020 (or June 30, 2020, for commercial drivers), with or without a paper extension.

Will TSA accept an expired driver license as valid identification?

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.

Senior Drivers (Age 70 & Older)

Californians age 70 and older with a noncommercial driver license that expires in March, April, May, June or July 2020 were provided a 120-day extension. Licenses originally with a March expiration are valid through July 31, 2020.

Why is this action needed?

California law (California Vehicle Code §12814.5) prohibits California drivers age 70 or older from renewing online or by mail. The DMV wants to ensure this vulnerable group can avoid a DMV office visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why does this requirement exist?

Since 1980, California law has required drivers age 70 and older to renew in person to test attributes known to decline with age, such as vision and reaction time.

What impact will this action have?

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 while following the state’s stay at home request.

Does this cover commercial drivers age 70 and older?

Commercial drivers age 70 and older with a license expiring between March and June 2020 will receive an extension through June 30, 2020.

How will the DMV notify customers that their expiration date has been extended?

Eligible drivers 70 and over will automatically receive a paper license extension in the mail.

Why only a 120-day extension? Why not issue seniors a new card with a new expiration date?

California law requires drivers age 70 and older to visit a DMV office to renew their license but also gives the DMV authority to issue extensions. Granting drivers age 70 and older a full renewal requires law changes or an executive order.

When will customers age 70 and older be required to visit an office?

Drivers age 70 and older will be required to visit an office to renew their license when the extension expires.

Are AB 60 licenses included in the extension?

Yes. The extension covers noncommercial licenses for drivers older than 70, including AB 60.

Are limited term driver licenses included in the extension?

Yes. The extension covers noncommercial licenses for drivers older than 70, including limited-term.

How do I request an extension?

Eligible drivers age 70 and older do not need to request an extension. One will automatically be mailed.

Driver License Permits (Including Commercial)

Driver license permits expiring between March and August 31, 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 June 2020 are now valid through June 30, 2020. The extensions require no individual action on the part of drivers.

Why is this action needed?

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

When will I receive my extension?

You will not receive a new card or an extension in the mail. California drivers may continue to drive with their expired permits. The DMV has alerted California law enforcement of the extensions.

Does the DL extension include commercial drivers?

Yes. Commercial learner’s permits expiring between March and June 2020 are now valid through June 30, 2020.

 
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