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DMV extending driver license, vehicle registration renewals for next 60 days

Posted at 12:13 PM, Mar 17, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is asking state law enforcement to exercise discretion in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates for 60 days starting March 16, 2020.

While their offices will remain open, the DMV says this will allow certain vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, to avoid coming into field offices during this 60-day period.

Transactions that would otherwise require a DMV office visit include:

  • new driver license
  • duplicate driver license
  • some driver license renewals
  • vehicle registration renewals
  • new license plates
  • complex vehicle registrations
  • title transfers
  • off-highway permits

Obtaining a REAL ID still requires an office visit, but customers can now fill out an application online before going into an office.

The DMV also says that many tasks can easily be taken care of through other channels including online, through the mail, through the 365 kiosks statewide or in their business partner locations.

DMV Now Kiosks location and information can be found through the DMV website at: www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/fo/fo_sst