In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Motor Vehicles asked law enforcement to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates. Read more here.
This 60-day period is intended to protect the health and safety of those who would otherwise have to come to a DMV office, but are concerned during this coronavirus pandemic. Those transactions that require a DMV office visit include new driver license, duplicate driver license, some driver license renewals, new license plates, complex vehicle registrations or title transfers and off-highway permits.
Transactions that fall within this action include driver license renewals for those:
- 70 years of age and older, who are required to take a knowledge test
- Individuals who are required to renew in the office (last DMV visit was 15 years prior)
- Individuals subject to vision testing
- Individuals with complex driving history
The 60-day period also applies to vehicle registration renewals for customers who are not eligible to use an alternative service channel because of the following reasons:
- Outdated insurance information
- Registration expired for 90 days or more
- Smog issues
- Recent transfer
Dozens of DMV tasks can easily be taken care of through other channels including online, through the mail, through the 365 kiosks statewide or in our business partner locations.
Visit the DMV website to access these services.