DMV Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Certain DMV offices have opened for specific services by appointment only as part of a phased reopening plan. Please visit dmvnow.com/reopening for more information.
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 move 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.
Driver’s License/ID card and Vehicle Registration
The validity of driver’s licenses and identification cards expiring on or before July 31, 2020, is extended for 90 days, not to exceed August 31, 2020. This means that a customer whose credential expires between March 15 and May 31 will have 90 days beyond the expiration date to renew, and credentials with an expiration date from June 1 to July 31 must be renewed no later than August 31, 2020.
Vehicle registrations that expire in March, April, and May are extended for 90 days; those expiring in June are extended for 60 days; and those expiring in July are extended for 30 days.
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 May 2020 will have until July 2020 to renew, and the new credential will be valid until May 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.[Back to Top]
Driver Training Schools
Governor Northam's amended Executive Directive Seven allows Class B Virginia Driver Training Schools (a school that trains drivers to operate a standard passenger vehicle) to reinstate behind-the-wheel training on the date the locality in which the school is located enters Phase One as outlined in Executive Order 61 and Amended Order of Public Health Emergency Four. When these driver training schools reopen, they should adhere to the Guidelines for All Business Sectors as best practices.
DMV will support the minimization of customer contact during driver training until the school’s respective location enters Phase Two 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.
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]
Important Information for CDL Holders
FMCSA Expansion of Testing for Commercial Drivers
On April 9, 2020, 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 June 30, 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.
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 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.[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 webCAT. For more information regarding this process, see COVID-19: Apportioned Plates.
IFTA First-Quarter 2020 Tax Filings
For the first-quarter tax returns and payments due April 30, 2020, DMV will not impose a penalty, assess interest, or take action to suspend the carrier’s IFTA license if the return and full payment are submitted by June 1, 2020.[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]