DMV Extends Learner’s Permits Expiring through May 2021

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2415 First Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 657–6437 |

November 16, 2020

Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles is extending driver’s license permits with expiration dates through May 31, 2021, to give student drivers more time during the COVID-19 pandemic to complete the prerequisites needed for a provisional license, including 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with a driving school and 50 hours of supervised driving practice.

Eligible permits are extended six months from the date of expiration or to a date 24 months from the date of application, whichever is earlier. The DMV previously extended permits expiring between March 1 and November 30, 2020. The DMV has alerted law enforcement of the extensions, which require no individual action on the part of drivers.

The DMV resumed behind-the-wheel drive tests with new health and safety protocols on June 26, and appointments to take the test are available.

Commercial learner’s permits expiring between March and December have been extended through December 31, 2020, to align with federal guidelines.

Summary of California driver’s license extensions

Expiration monthStatus
Learner’s permits
March 2020-May 2021-Extended six months or to
a date 24 months from the
date of application
Age 69 & younger
Beginning March 2020-Expanded eligibility
to renew online or by mail
for licenses expiring
during the emergency
Age 70 & older
March-December 2020

Beginning March 2020
-Extended one year from
original expiration date
– Expanded eligibility to
renew online or by mail
for licenses expiring
during the emergency
Commercial (all types, all
March-December 2020-Extended to
December 31, 2020

Californians interested in applying for a learner’s permit can do so by filling out the online application and uploading the required documents. Customers who have completed this process can visit a DMV office to finalize the transaction and receive their permit – no appointment necessary.

DMV field office employees are assisting customers with appointments and walk-ins as time and space permit. The DMV continues to recommend that customers use its online services, expanded virtual services and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals. Customers can use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.