The California Department of Motor Vehicles is providing an automatic one-year extension to Californians age 70 and older with a noncommercial driver license with an expiration date between March 1 and December 31, 2020. This action delays the requirement for this population to visit a DMV office during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DMV previously provided 120-day extensions to senior drivers with noncommercial licenses expiring in March through July. While the new extensions are automatic, drivers will not receive a new card or paper extension in the mail. As an option, drivers can request a free temporary paper extension online beginning July 15 through DMV’s Virtual Field Office to document the extension, though it is not needed to drive. Californians with a suspended license are not eligible.

Drivers’ Licenses & ID Cards

  • The DMV is extending all expiring driver licenses

Vehicle Registration

Driving Permits

  • The DMV is extending driver license permits and commercial learner’s permits.
  • Driver license permits expiring between March and June 30, 2020 are extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application, whichever is earlier
  • Commercial learner’s permits expiring between March and June 2020 are now valid through June 30, 2020. The extensions require no individual action on the part of drivers.
  • For more information visit the DMV website here.

Disabled Person Parking Placards

DMV Virtual Office

Additionally, select DMV field offices have reopened to the public. For a full list of open locations visit here.

Real ID

The federal government has extended the deadline for Californians to get Real IDs to October 1, 2021.