CARSON CITY – Nevada drivers will have more time to renew their driver’s license after the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles announced Friday an additional extension for expired or soon-to-be expired driver’s licenses and ID cards. An extension was originally put in place as government offices limited operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 60-day extension applies to non-commercial driver’s licenses, identification cards, non-commercial instruction permits, and Driver Authorization Cards with an expiration date of March 12, 2020. Those documents were originally extended through Sept. 14, but now will be valid through Nov. 12, 2020. A one-year extension for drivers age 65 and older remains in effect.
DMV offices, often filled with individuals awaiting appointments, have been limited to 50% capacity and, according to a statement from the DMV, many customers have not been able to obtain appointments.
According to DMV Director Julie Butler, most driver’s licenses and all ID cards will be able to be renewed online starting in October. She said the online service was fast-tracked to allow patrons to complete transactions online rather than visit an office in person during COVID-19 health restrictions.
New residents who must visit a DMV office in person to secure a Nevada driver’s license or ID can take advantage of new Saturday hours specifically for them. Appointments are Saturdays 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. beginning Saturday, Sept. 19. New residents can call a special line to be screened and make an appointment; details are on the New Resident webpage at dmvnv.com.
The new 60-day extension does not apply to vehicle registration or other DMV documents. The existing extension for registration for those documents not extended will expire on September 13.