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DMV encourages Virginians to renew driver’s licenses, ID cards online

20 November 2020 State News Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News


Most Virginians who renewed their driver’s license or identification cards through the Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) website or U.S. mail last time now have the option to renew again online or through the mail rather than making an appointment for in-person service. Most credentials are valid for either five or eight years.

The new DMV service, instituted due to the effects of the pandemic, gives customers the opportunity to obtain a new two-year driver’s license or ID card by applying through its website, dmvNOW.com

This service option postpones the requirement for eligible customers, regardless of age, to visit a DMV customer service center until it is time for their next renewal. When the two-year credential expires, customers will then visit DMV to renew and obtain a five-year or eight-year credential and have a new photograph taken.

DMV is currently notifying customers eligible for the two-year renewal by their preferred contact methods. More than 50,000 customers have taken advantage of this service since Sept. 15.

Customers ineligible for this new two-year renewal option include those who: 

  • hold a limited duration license issued for one year or for a period of authorized stay in the U.S.,
  • are required to register in accordance with Va. Code Chapter 9 or Title 9.1, or
  • have a school bus endorsement

Those who would like to renew their credential for five or eight years, or need a REAL ID compliant credential, must make an appointment at dmvNOW.com/appt for in-person service.

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