Seniors Now Eligible to Renew Driver’s Licenses Online or by Mail

Californians age 70 and older with a noncommercial driver’s license are now eligible to renew online or by mail, eliminating the need to visit a California Department of Motor Vehicles office. Licenses with an expiration date between March 1, 2020, throughout the COVID-19 emergency are eligible.

Through Executive Order, Governor Gavin Newsom has authorized the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to make this change. The DMV is completing the programming necessary so customers who meet the criteria will be able to complete their online renewal beginning December 6th.

The DMV previously provided yearlong extensions to senior drivers with noncommercial licenses expiring in March through December 2020. Those who received the extensions are eligible to renew online.

More information on how to renew your eligible driver’s license can be found online here. Additionally, nearly all California drivers are now eligible to renew their license online or by mail—even if their renewal notice states an office visit is required.

The DMV previously expanded eligibility for California driver’s license extensions:

Age 70 & older (noncommercial)
Age 69 & younger (noncommercial)
Beginning March 2020 Expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail for licenses expiring during the emergency
(all types, all ages)
March-December 2020 Extended to December 31, 2020
Learner’s Permits
March-November 2020 Extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application


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