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DMV extends driver license, vehicle registration expiration dates

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RALEIGH — Due to the statewide stay-at-home order, Gov. Roy Cooper has extended expiration dates for motor vehicle credentials.

A one-time, five-month extension of the expiration date for driver licenses, vehicle registrations and other N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles credentials is in effect.

Cooper has approved the extension for any credential that expires on or after March 1 and before Aug. 1. 

Anyone who’s already paid the $15 fine for a late renewal in March or April will be reimbursed.

This language does not change the original expiration date of the driver license or vehicle registration renewal; it only provides a one-time extension. 

For example: If your registration has a current deadline of March 31, the new due date will be Aug. 31. Next year, the registration deadline will revert to March 31, 2021.

Road skills tests are still a requirement for those seeking a limited provisional license or a first-time driver license. Road tests are not being offered until state officials determine it’s safe to do so.

The extention includes the due dates for motor vehicle taxes that are tied to vehicle registration to correspond with the extended expiration dates. In addition, there is also an extension of the expiration of an Intrastate Medical Waiver for up to five months, if the DMV Medical Review Unit determines the extension is appropriate. And it confirms the validity of a driving eligibility certificate dated on or after Feb. 9, and before March 10, to meet the requirements for a license or permit until 30 days after the date the governor rescinds the State of Emergency executive order or the date the DMV reopens all driver license offices, whichever is earlier.

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