PA Drivers Can Now Renew Their Licenses Online
May 22, 2020
In a recent move to limit potentially dangerous contact resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will now be allowing drivers to renew their licenses online or through the mail.
Usually when someone needs to renew his or her license, they have to go to the DMV to take a new identification picture. However, because coronavirus, or COVID-19, is spread primarily through person-to-person contact, many businesses and agencies are taking steps to decrease unnecessary contact. To keep the number of cases as low as possible throughout the state, the DMV will now use a customer’s existing photo instead of requiring them to get a new one.
Important License Renewal Guidelines
The DMV has a few rules when it comes to renewing your license online or through the mail. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to avoid a trip to the DMV. Individuals who renewed their licenses on or before May 10th as well as non-citizens still have to go to their local DMV center. Here are some of the other guidelines:
- All commercial driver’s license renewals must be done through the mail,
- You can renew your non-commercial driver’s license through the mail or online. The DMV says that licenses renewed through the mail should arrive within 15 calendar days,
- REAL ID licenses are not yet available through the DMV, but the federal government extended the deadline requiring individuals to have one in order to travel to October, 2021, and:
- The DMV is extending expiration dates ranging from March 16th, 2020 to May 31st, 2020 on photo ID cards, learner’s permits, camera cards, and driver’s licenses to June 30th, 2020
If you have to go to your local DMV center, you can visit this link to find out which ones are currently open: https://www.dmv.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx. It is unclear how long the DMV will be employing the updated guidelines, so we will be sure to keep our readers updated in the case of any important changes.
If you have a legal question or concern, please contact a representative who can help you online now.
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