California Renewal Of Driver License

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No office visit required for eligible drivers 70 and older until further notice

  1. Renewing California Driver's License From Abroad
  2. Renewing California Driver's License After Expired

December 10, 2020 - Sacramento - The California Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering Californians who are 70 and older the option to renew their noncommercial driver’s license online. Licenses that expire beginning March 1, 2020, and throughout the COVID-19 emergency are eligible, including REAL ID renewals. A mail-in option will be available in the coming weeks. Most drivers 69 and younger can also renew at dmv.ca.gov – even if their renewal notice states they must come to an office.

The alternative to an in-person renewal follows Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent Executive Order that temporarily waives California law requiring drivers age 70 and older to visit a DMV field office to renew their license. The DMV will make this option available during California’s State of Emergency or until the order is modified.

The DMV previously provided yearlong extensions to senior drivers with noncommercial licenses expiring in March through December 2020. Those who received the extensions are eligible to renew online.

  1. December 10, 2020 - Sacramento - The California Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering Californians who are 70 and older the option to renew their noncommercial driver’s license online.
  2. Your California driver's license expires every five years on your birthday. About two months before that date, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will mail you a renewal notice telling you how, when and where to renew your license. Depending on your license status, you can do this in person, online, by mail or over the telephone.

Commercial licenses, including those for drivers 70 and older, expiring between March and December are extended through December 2020, to align with federal guidelines.

California licenses expire every five years on the driver’s birthday. California drivers can renew their licenses online, by mail or in person depending on the circumstances. Driving with an expired.

Summary of California driver’s license extensions

California

Age 70 & older (noncommercial)
Age 69 & younger (noncommercial)
Beginning March 2020
Expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail for licenses expiring during the emergency

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Commercial (all types, all ages)
March-December 2020
Extended to December 31, 2020

Learner’s permits (noncommercial)
March 2020-May 2021
Extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application

The ability for senior drivers to renew online is the latest action to help Californians avoid or delay a DMV office visit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The DMV continues to streamline its processes to limit the time customers spend at an office. Customers applying for a REAL ID are encouraged to fill out the online application and upload the required documents before they come to the office for expedited service.

Renewing California Driver's License From Abroad

The DMV recommends 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.

Source: CA DMV

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
2415 First Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 657–6437 [email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2020

Temporary waiver allows licenses for drivers 70 and older to be renewed without an office visit

Sacramento – Californians age 70 and older with a noncommercial driver’s license are now eligible to renew online or by mail, eliminating the need to visit a California Department of Motor Vehicles office. Licenses with an expiration date between March 1, 2020, throughout the COVID-19 emergency are eligible.

Renewing California Driver's License After Expired

Through Executive Order, Governor Gavin Newsom has temporarily waived the California law requiring drivers age 70 and older to visit a DMV field office to renew their license for the length of California’s State of Emergency or until modified. The DMV is completing the programming necessary so customers who meet the criteria will be able to complete their renewal online beginning December 6.

Nearly all California drivers are now eligible to renew their license online or by mail – even if their renewal notice states an office visit is required.

The DMV previously provided yearlong extensions to senior drivers with noncommercial licenses expiring in March through December 2020. Those who received the extensions are eligible to renew online.

Commercial licenses, including those for drivers 70 and older, expiring between March and December are extended through December 2020, to align with federal guidelines.

The DMV previously expanded eligibility for drivers 69 and under to renew online, even if their DMV notification states they must come to an office.

Summary of California driver’s license extensions