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DMV Encourages Californians to Visit Available Online Services

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging eligible customers with expiring driver licenses and identification cards to take advantage of the easy-to-use online renewal system, including Californians who previously were required to renew at a DMV field office.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Friday June 1, 2020 to extend the temporary waiver of the requirement for Californians to renew their driver license or ID card in-person at a DMV field office if they had previously reached the limit of out-of-office renewals. This latest executive order extends the temporary waiver through July 28, 2020.

The DMV continues to provide essential services via mail, online, kiosks, call centers, available business partners and virtually to process critical transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers can use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.

The measures to help Californians with DMV actions include:

• Extending identification cards expiring on or after March 4, 2020, to be valid through June 21, 2020.

• Waiving late fees and penalties for vehicle registration renewals due between March 16 and May 31, 2020, and paid within 60 days of the original expiration date, as well as delaying other requirements.

• Launching the DMV Virtual Field Office to create new digital options for transactions that previously required an in-person office visit.

• Extending driver license permits expiring from March through August 2020.

• Canceling all behind-the-wheel drive tests to honor social distancing guidelines.

• Suspending extended office hours and Saturday service.

The Federal Government will begin enforcing REAL ID on October 1, 2021 (one year later than previously announced). For more in-person or virtual services info visit