DMV Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Ralph S. Northam directed Virginia DMV to close all 75 DMV customer service centers and suspend all DMV Connect and DMV2Go mobile operations from March 18, 2020 through May 18, 2020. DMV weigh stations also suspended operations through May 18, 2020. In addition, the Governor and DMV took action to extend the validity of credentials and waived certain requirements for motor carriers.
Each of these actions is described in detail below, with links to certain transactions that can be completed online or by mail as we work toward safely resuming full operations at our customer service centers.
To help reduce risk as people return to our offices, we continue to encourage employees and customers to follow the recommendations of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health in regards to personal health and social distancing.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Two-Year Online Renewal Option
You may have an alternative to making an in-person appointment to renew your driver’s license or ID card for eight years. DMV offers most current eight-year credential holders who are required to renew in person the option to use online services and obtain a new two-year driver’s license or ID card. This will postpone the requirement for those customers to visit a DMV customer service center until it is time for their next renewal. Learn more.
Driver’s License/ID card and Vehicle Registration
The validity of every non-commercial driver’s license*, learner’s permit, special identification card and vehicle credential, due to expire between March 15, 2020 and July 31, 2020, is extended for up to an additional 180 days not to exceed October 31, 2020.
Driver’s licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits which display an expiration date between August 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020, are extended for 60 days. Additionally, driver’s licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits which display an expiration date between November 1, 2020 and November 29, 2020, are extended to November 30, 2020. This extension does not apply to previously extended credentials with original expiration dates between March 15, 2020 and July 31, 2020 as well as commercial driver’s licenses.
*Both extensions include a driver’s education completion certificate accompanied by a valid learner’s permit.
Below are examples:
- March 15 and April 30: A customer whose credential expired between these dates will have an additional 90 days added to the prior 90 days, effectively 180 days, beyond the expiration date to renew.
- May 1 and July 31: Those with credentials expiring between these dates will have up to 180 days beyond the expiration date, not to exceed October 31, 2020.
- August 1 and October 31: Those with driver's licenses, identification cards and learner's permits expiring between these dates on the face of the credential will have 60 days beyond the expiration date to renew.
- November 1 and November 29: Those with driver's licenses, identification cards and learner's permits expiring between these dates on the face of the credential will have through November 30 to renew.
Vehicle registrations expiring March-July are extended for up to 180 days, not to exceed October 31, 2020.
All renewal fees (driver's license, identification card and vehicle registration) will remain the same and no late fees will be assessed for customers who renew during the extension period. The month in which your new credential expires will also not change from the original date of expiration. For example, a customer with a vehicle registration originally expiring in April 2020 will have until October 2020 to renew, and the new credential will be valid until April 2021.
Virginians eligible to renew their licenses, identification cards, or vehicle registration online are encouraged to take advantage of those services. Mail-in options are also available for a number of transactions, such as original title transactions, and, if mailed a notice, vehicle registration and driver's license renewals.
Commercial Driver’s License
UPDATE: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted an extension on the validity of commercial driver licenses (CDL) and commercial learner’s permits (CLP) that expire between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. Any CDLs or CLPs set to expire during this time will be extended to December 31, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.
CDL holders who have lost their CDL and eligible CDL holders who wish to begin operating a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce can email DLworkcenter@dmv.virginia.gov for instructions on how to obtain a replacement CDL or remove the "Intrastate Only" restriction from their CDL.
Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME)
The validity of an HME that expired between March 1, 2020 and July 3, 2020 is extended for an additional 180 days. This extension is in addition to the prior extension of 180 days. An HME that has expired or will expire between July 4, 2020 and December 31, 2020 is extended for 180 days.
All HME holders receiving the extension must hold a valid CDL and initiate the process of renewing their security threat assessment no later than 60 days before the extended HME expiration date.
CDL holders' current HME expiration date is printed on their CDL. Any extensions to the expiration date can be viewed online by accessing their MyDMV account.
Below are examples:
- March 1 and July 3: CDL holders with HMEs expiring between these dates have an additional 180 days added to the prior 180 days, effectively 360 days, beyond the HME expiration date to renew.
- July 4 and December 31: Those with HMEs expiring between these dates will have up to 180 days beyond the HME expiration date to renew.
- After December 31: Those with an HME expiring after December 31 must renew the HME before the expiration date shown on the CDL.
Medical Examiner Certificates
UPDATE: As a result of the COVID-19 emergency, FMCSA has granted an extension for medical examiner certificates. During this extension period, any medical examiner certificate, valid 90 days or more, and set expire between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020 will be extended to October 31, 2020. Any medical examiner certificates valid 90 days or more, that expire between June 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020 will be extended to December 31, 2020.
DMV continues to accept CDL medical certification document(s) online, by fax, and by mail.
- Mail to:
- Virginia DMV
- Attn: CDL/NDR Work Center, room 420
- PO Box 27412
- Richmond, VA 23269
- Fax to: 804-367-6692
Visit www.dmvNOW.com/CDLmedical for more information about CDL Medical Certification Requirements.
Intrastate Operating Authority
DMV is offering relief to motor carriers who wish to temporarily cease operations and cancel motor vehicle liability insurance due to the impact of COVID-19 and still keep their operating authority. In order to obtain this relief, you must agree to authorize DMV to deactivate all for-hire designated vehicle registrations associated with your operating authority. Once its registration has been deactivated, a vehicle may not be lawfully driven on Virginia highways. For further information, please contact DMV Motor Carrier Services at email@example.com.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission (WMATC) Annual Report Extension
WMATC has issued an Order granting a deadline extension for the filing of annual reports and associated fees from May 1, 2020 to August 1, 2020. In addition, carriers voluntarily terminating their WMATC authority in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 will be granted a waiver of the application fee upon resuming business as long as the application is submitted on or before February 28, 2021 and the carrier is filing as the exact same legal entity. You may view the Order here. For further details, contact WMATC at 301-588-5260 or visit their website at www.wmatc.gov to send a message by email.
Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a temporary exemption on the expiration of qualifying Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs). As a result, the expiration date of TWICs that expired on or after March 1, 2020 is extended by 180 days. The extension of the expiration date remains in effect through July 31, 2020 unless otherwise modified by TSA through notice published in the Federal Register.
Other Important Waivers
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles posts all emergency-related waivers to a central location. For information on important waivers related to COVID-19, please visit the Virginia DMV Waiver Library.[Back to Top]
Driver Training Schools
Effective July 2, the Secretary of Transportation directed DMV to waive the below requirements to minimize customer contact during driver training at Class B Virginia Driver Training Schools by:
- Waiving the two-student minimum requirement under the Virginia Driver Training Schools Regulations;
- Waiving the student-to-student observation periods during in-vehicle instruction; and
- Allowing one-on-one in-vehicle instruction
These waivers will remain in effect until the end of Phase Three of the easing of certain temporary restrictions due to COVID-19, or unless sooner amended or rescinded.
For an appointment, please contact a licensed Class B Virginia Driver Training School directly. For information on driver training schools near you, please click here.[Back to Top]
Titling and Registration by Mail
Replacement titles and registration cards can be obtained online and original title and registration transactions can be conducted by mail. Customers who mail in their paperwork should keep photocopies and ship the package with a tracking number. A telephone number or email address should also be provided so DMV can contact them if additional information is needed.
For more about obtaining an original vehicle title or registration by mail, including expedited shipping options, see our Titling and Registration by Mail Process[Back to Top]
Other Important Information for CDL Holders
FMCSA Expansion of Testing for Commercial Drivers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) request for a waiver of federal requirements to allow commercial driver’s license (CDL) knowledge testing to be administered by non-governmental third-party testers. The waiver addresses the immediate need to test and license CDL applicants as quickly as possible during this public health emergency.
The waiver is effective for all U.S. jurisdictions until September 30, 2020. It has been extended through December 31, 2020 or until revocation of the president's national emergency declaration.
Find out more about testing providers on DMV's third-party testing program webpage.[Back to Top]
International Registration Plan (IRP) and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA)
Apportioned plate pick-up is unavailable at customer service centers at this time. All apportioned plate applications must either be mailed to DMV headquarters for processing or processed electronically through VirginiaMCS. For more information regarding this process, see COVID-19: Apportioned Plates.[Back to Top]
According to guidance from the Transportation Security Administration, travelers with a state driver’s license that expired beginning on March 1, 2020, and who are not able to renew at their state driver’s licensing agency, may still use it as acceptable identification at the checkpoint. TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses one year after the expiration date, plus 60 days after the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency.[Back to Top]