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Have you tried online? It’s your first option for most licensing services

These days, the only way to get into one of our driver licensing offices is with an appointment. But with social distancing and other safety measures limiting our capacity, they fill up fast! If you need to visit one of our offices, try something different: online services.

To make sure those with urgent needs can get an appointment, we’re asking everyone else to go online. Or even hold off or find another way until the health emergency is over.

REAL ID is a great example. Enforcement of the new federal law related to air travel ID won’t happen until Oct. 1, 2021, a year later than planned. Suppose you planned to get an enhanced driver license (EDL) or enhanced ID (EID) so you can fly when it goes into effect. You’ll need an in-person office visit to get either. But you have many other options, some of which may be easier to get right now than an EDL or EID. You might even already have what you’ll need.

Although you may not be able to upgrade your standard license or ID for a while, you don’t have to worry about paying more when you do. If you renew online now and upgrade later, you’ll pay only the difference in cost. That’s only $4 a year for the rest of your renewal cycle.

You may have also heard about recent extensions. If your driver license or instruction permit expired March 1 through June 30, 2020, we extended it 180 days. If it expired July 1 through Sept. 30, 2020, we extended it 90 days. But there’s no need to wait to renew. You can renew now.

Of course, renewals aren’t the only service available online. Dozens of others are available wherever you are, as long as you have internet access.

So remember: try online before trying to make an appointment!

All driver licensing offices will temporarily close to the public beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Department of Licensing (DOL) is temporarily closing all driver licensing lobbies beginning March 31, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All appointments are being canceled at this time and no appointments will be made going forward.

“The safety and health of both employees and customers is paramount. Sanitation products continue to be difficult to purchase and ensuring appropriate social distancing during in person transactions is difficult” said Teresa Berntsen, Director of the Department of Licensing.  “We appreciate patience and understanding as the Department of Licensing does its part to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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REAL ID enforcement postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday, that they will delay enforcing the REAL ID Act until October 1, 2021. This decision is expected to promote social distancing in the months ahead by reducing the number of people visiting driver licensing offices to obtain compliant identification.

Passed by Congress in 2005 in an effort to strengthen security standards after 9/11, the REAL ID Act had been scheduled to take effect October 1, 2020. Continue reading “REAL ID enforcement postponed due to coronavirus pandemic”