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DMV Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Until at least April 23, all 75 DMV customer service centers are closed and all DMV 2 Go and DMV Connect services postponed at the direction of Secretary Valentine in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. DMV weigh stations have also suspended operations for the same duration.

DMV is encouraging its employees and customers to follow the recommendations of the 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.

Credential Extensions

Drivers and Vehicles

Driver’s licenses and identification cards set to expire between March 15 and May 15 are extended 60 days from the original date of expiration. This includes credentials for individuals aged 75 and older who are typically required to make an in-person visit to renew. Customers who are unable to renew online or by mail will not be subject to a late fee during the extension period.

Vehicle registrations that expire in March and April are extended for 60 days.

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 vehicle registration, original title transactions, and driver's license renewal, if mailed a notice.

Intrastate Operating Authority

DMV is automatically extending until May 31, 2020 the validity period of every license, permit, and certificate issued to businesses involved in the transportation of people or property for hire. The extension applies to all credentials that otherwise would expire in March and April of this year.

In addition, 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 804-249-5140 and select option 2. You may also send inquiries to mcsonline@dmv.virginia.gov.

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

Important Information for CDL Holders

Weigh Stations and Rest Parking

Virginia weigh stations are closed until at least April 23, 2020. Rest parking is available 24/7 to truck drivers transporting essential goods through Virginia at the following locations:


Alberta (I-81)New Church (State Route 13)
Bland (I-77) Sandston (I-64)
Carson (I-95) Stephen City (I-81)
Dumfries (I-95) Suffolk (State Route 58)
Middletown (State Route 11) Troutville (I-81)

Extension of Credentials

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 June 29, 2020. Any CDLs or CLPs set to expire during this time will be extended to June 30, 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.

Extension of Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has authorized an extension of 180 days for an HME that has expired or will expire between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020. All HME holders receiving the extension must 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.

Extension of Medical Examiner Certificates

As a result of the COVID-19 emergency, FMCSA has granted an extension for medical examiner certificates valid 90 days or more, that expire between March 1, 2020 and June 29, 2020. During this extension period, any medical examiner certificate, valid 90 days or more, and set to expire between March 1, 2020 and June 29, 2020 will be extended to June 30, 2020.

DMV continues to accept CDL medical certification document(s) online, by fax, and by mail.

  • Mail to:
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • CDL/NDR Work Center, room 420
  • P.O. Box 27412
  • Richmond, Virginia 23269
  • Fax: 804-367-6692

Visit www.dmvNOW.com/CDLmedical for more information about CDL Medical Certification Requirements.

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Apportioned Plates

Due to the DMV Customer Service Center closures, apportioned plate pick-up is unavailable at this time. All apportioned plate applications must either be mailed to DMV headquarters for processing or processed electronically through webCAT. For more information regarding this process, see COVID-19: Apportioned Plates.

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Air Travel

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.

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