California DMV and COVID-19 Updates

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All Offices are Open

All California DMV offices are now open.

You can get help if you have an existing appointment or with transactions that require an in-person visit.

If you had an appointment that was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, DMV will reschedule the appointment and notify you about the new date.

DMV will not offer new appointments until they have accommodated those past appointments. Customers are encouraged to complete their transaction online, if possible.

New Drive Tests in August

New behind-the-wheel tests may be available after August 15, 2020.

Knowledge testing for a permit or driver’s license are available. To be on the safe side, you should call ahead and make sure your location can accommodate such test. Staff can recommend the best time for such tests and expected waiting times.

Until you can visit an office for your test it is a good idea to spend some extra hours with the Driver Handbook and our practice tests.

Temporary Driver License Extensions

All California noncommercial driver licenses (including AB 60 and limited term) expiring between March and July 2020 have an automatic extension.

The length of your extension depends on your age.

  • License holders under 70 years: Extension valid through July 31, 2020.
  • License holders 70 years or older: Extension valid 120 days from original expiration date (which may be through November).

Noncommercial driver license permits expiring between March-August 31, 2020 are extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application, whichever is earlier.


  • You do not have to take any action. Extensions are automatic.
  • You will not receive a new license or permit in the mail. You may drive with the expired license or permit if you meet the criteria.
  • There is no fee for the extension.

Read More: CA DMV Interrupted Services Information

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