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CA DMV encourages renewing license online, expanding eligibility

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Posted at 11:01 AM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 22:31:54-04

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging eligible Californians to renew their driver license online. This includes drivers whose temporary extensions expire July 31.

The DMV issued temporary extensions to drivers age 69 and younger with a noncommercial license expiring between March and July 2020 due to the pandemic.

That extension expires Friday, however all drivers under the age of 70 can avoid a trip to a DMV field office by renewing their license online, or by mail even if their renewal notice states an office visit is required. The DMV issued automatic one-year extensions to drivers age 70 and older with expiring licenses.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed executive orders waiving in-person renewals for eligible driver's license and identification cardholders who had reached their maximum of out-of-office renewals. That wavier will remain in effect for the length of California's State of Emergency or until modified.

Some drivers, including Californians applying for a REAL ID for the first time, still must visit a field office to complete their transaction. The DMV strongly encourages REAL ID applicants to fill out the online application and upload the required documents before their office visit.