DMV to offer more online service options during coronavirus pandemic
Drivers that are over 18 years old can replace their commercial driver’s license, driver’s license, learner’s permit, driver privilege card and more online. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, people had to make appointments for in-person services. Now, the DMV has more than 50 transactions that drivers can do online. “DMV continues to add online options to not only make service more convenient but to create additional appointment opportunities for customers who need in-person service,” said DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb. Postal Service DMV materials may be delayed.
Thousands of undocumented families feel safer on the roads after getting driver privilege card
HENRY COUNTY, Va. – In just a little over a month, 2,563 undocumented residents have taken advantage of the state’s new driver privilege cards. But there are tens of thousands of families in Virginia who constantly look over their shoulders, until now. Asking us to conceal her identity, 10 News spoke to a driver privilege card recipient who said when her letter arrived in the mail, 23 years of fear lifted from her shoulders. Though she did not have problems obtaining her new card through the DMV, other families have. If you would like to get a driver privilege card, sign up on the DMV website for an appointment.
DMV offering more convenient service options
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is introducing more convenient service options for customers during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It also allows Class B driver training schools to administer an in-class curriculum and the parent/student driver education component of the driver’s education course via an online platform. During this pandemic, DMV has extended that grace period to 90 days, giving customers more time to obtain a credential in their new state of residence before their Virginia driver’s license or identification card is canceled. If the petition is granted, the customer can obtain a restricted driver’s license as long as they are otherwise eligible. DMV has contacted all 305 affected customers and assisted them in scheduling appointments to satisfy any outstanding requirements, such as completing a knowledge test.
Driver Privilege Cards now available for Virginians who don’t meet requirements for standard license
If you don’t meet the requirements for a standard or REAL ID-compliant Virginia driver’s license, you may now be able to get a different type of license so you can drive. Virginia is now offering driver privilege cards at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Virginia Resident Form, Virginia Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return Form or Virginia Nonresident Income Tax Return Form, filed in the past 12 months)All documents must be originals and are subject to verification; however, printouts of approved online residency documents may be accepted. Applications will be accepted by appointment only; appointments can be made at dmvNOW.com/appt. Click here to learn more details about applying for a Driver Privilege Card in Virginia.
DMV centers are still appointment-only, most have backlogs
RICHMOND, Va. – All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles centers are still operating by appointment-only because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that residents are traveling outside of their county or city to get an appointment. The DMV is now serving about 11,000 people per day on average across 73 centers. The department does not have an estimate for when it will catch up to the demand. The state says that vehicle registration, driver’s license renewal and title replacements can still be done virtually.
Have an expired license? Virginia DMV extending its expiration for another 60 days
RICHMOND, Va. – Renewing your driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID can be tricky during the coronavirus pandemic, but you’ve just been given an extra 60 days and alternative options to make it happen. Ralph Northam announced Fifth Executive Directive 7 during a press briefing on Tuesday that there’s a new extension for credentials that expired during the pandemic. Starting mid-September, people who need to renew their licenses have two options:Option 1: Schedule an in-person appointment to renew the driver’s license or ID for the full eight years. Option 2: Renew remotely online or by mail, but the driver’s license or ID will only be valid for two years. The DMV will mail the license or ID to your home.
Virginia DMV extends expiration of driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations for another 90 days
If your Virginia driver’s license, ID or vehicle registration is expiring soon, you’ve just been given 90 extra days to get it done. Ralph Northam amended one of his executive directives to provide an additional 90 days to give customers extra time to make appointments at the DMV to renew IDs, driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations. This extension is in addition to the prior extension of up to 90 days. After July 31st: If a credential expires after July 31st, it must be renewed before its expiration date. Example: If a driver’s license expires August 2, it must be renewed by August 2.
Local officers participate in virtual torch run for Special Olympics
Each year, local law enforcement officers run the ceremonial torch across the state to kick off the games. The officers all had slightly different reasons for doing so, but the common theme is that they want to raise awareness, and ultimately money, for Special Olympics. “I run because it’s healthy; it’s fun," said Special Olympics athlete Erica Bookout. “It’s just been a goal of our police department to always support athletes and Special Olympics,” said Nathan Delp, Christiansburg Police Department investigator. The goal of this year’s virtual run is for everyone participating to collectively run 1,900 miles, the distance of the traditional torch run, between June 8 and June 12.
Christiansburg among Virginia DMV centers to reopen
RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation announced that it’s reopening four service centers for customers. Christiansburg, Farmville, Waynesboro and Woodstock are now open, by appointment only. Virginians have booked more than 196,000 appointments via DMV’s new appointment system since its launch on May 13, according to the Department of Transportation. Originally, 11 centers were reopened when Virginia entered Phase One. Now, 27 centers are open for customers across the state.
Virginians book 40,000 appointments through the DMV’s new system
Virginians have booked more than 40,000 appointments through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ new appointment system since its launch Wednesday, May 13. Appointments are currently offered at nine DMV customer service centers across the Commonwealth. “Customers have responded positively to our appointment system and are grateful to get a reservation for needed in-person service as we are able to safely reopen offices,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. These include original driver’s licenses and identification cards, original titles, original vehicle registrations, disabled parking permits and vital records. Customers are asked to stay in their cars until 10 minutes before their appointments to accommodate social distancing requirements.
Roanoke among Virginia DMV service centers to partially reopen Monday
RICHMOND, Va. – After two months of being closed, starting Monday, some DMV customer services centers across Virginia will be allowed to reopen. Northam announced Wednesday that 11 DMV centers will reopen in seven of eight regions. No centers in Northern Virginia will be open. As part of the DMV’s reopening plan, appointments will be required for specific in-person services[Where are Virginia’s coronavirus cases? Click here for more information about the DMV Reopening Plan.
Speeding increasing in Virginia during stay-at-home order
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Roanoke County police are urging people to slow down. “We do see an increased number in speed complaints in neighborhoods, just more people being at home," said Sgt. Northam’s stay-at-home order went into effect in March but the number of fatal and non-fatal speed-related crashes increased compared to 2019. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there has been a “severe spike” in speeding nationwide as a result of so many people staying at home. The DMV campaign is also an opportunity to remind people about something that can be just as important as their speed.
Gov. Northam extends ban on elective surgeries, closure of DMV offices
Northam announced that he is extending parts of his public health emergency. He extended the current ban on elective surgeries by one week, until May 1, and the closure of DMV public-facing offices by two weeks, until May 11. The ban on elective surgeries will continue while Northam and State Health Commissioner Dr. “We have increased our supply of PPE, but before we allow elective surgeries to resume, we must first be assured that the doctors, nurses, and medical staff who are fighting this virus or conducting emergency surgeries have the necessary supplies. Click here to see the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding Public Health Emergency Order Two.