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Driver's license or car registration out of date? Clock now ticking to get it renewed

Posted July 31, 2020 12:35 p.m. EDT

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— The five-month extension on various state requirements for drivers and vehicles ends Friday, meaning people whose driver's license or car registration expired early in the pandemic have to get on the stick about renewing them.

Because of shutdown orders and people's unwillingness to venture out during the coronavirus pandemic, a state law allowed the Division of Motor Vehicles to give people a five-month grace period on renewals, extending expiration dates from March 1 through July 31.

Any expiration dates of Aug. 1 or later don't have that grace period and will be due as scheduled.

The end of the grace period means that anyone whose license or registration was up in March now has to get them renewed on the corresponding day in August. Expiration dates from April through July will be pushed back five months as well, meaning they will be up for renewal from September to December.

The list of items covered by the grace period includes various licenses to drive, vehicle registrations, license plates and handicapped placards.

DMV continues to waive the required road test for many people seeking to get or renew a driver's license, however.

The end of the extension also means that motor vehicle taxes tied to vehicle registrations also are due.

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