Important Information About Driver License Renewals

December 2, 2010


As of October 1, the DMV began issuing a new enhanced driver license and identification card with additional security features, including a laser-engraved signature that can be felt by touch, ultraviolet images, and a new 2D bar code on the back, among other improvements.

Because of the extensive nature of these new security improvements, issuance of new or renewed driver licenses is taking approximately four to six weeks at this time to receive the new card. For driver license renewals by mail and the internet, payments are processed and the record is updated within one week. Law enforcement has access to the driver license record and will honor the updated expiration date.

For more information on the new cards, please see the new Driver License and Identification Card brochure, or visit the DMV Press Room.

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Don’t Stand In Line, Go Online! Doing business with the DMV has never been easier. The DMV offers an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through its Web site (www.dmv.ca.gov), including online appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address and payment of fees via secure debit transactions. Customers can also effect transactions by calling DMV customer service at (800) 777-0133.

DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Secretary Dale E. Bonner. The DMV licenses drivers; maintains driving records; registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels; investigates auto and identity-related fraud; and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools.