DMV offers additional service options as COVID-19 pandemic continues

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is now offering additional convenient service options for customers.

These new options come as a direct result of language included in Gov. Ralph Northam’s budget bill signed in November.

These new options include:

  • Juvenile Licenses
    • DMV is working with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts statewide to help juveniles get their first-time driver’s licenses in a timely manner during the pandemic. Normally, driver’s licenses for customers under the age of 18 are sent to the judge of the customer’s local Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court who then conducts a licensing ceremony to provide the customer their license. Due to the pandemic, some Courts are no longer holding these ceremonies. DMV is now able to work with the Courts to determine which localities are not holding licensing ceremonies so those drivers can be sent their licenses directly.
  • Driver Training School
    • The budget allows DMV to permit Class B driver training schools and computer-based driver education providers to administer the end-of-course driver’s education test online during a declared state of emergency (including the current COVID-19 pandemic). It also allows Class B driver training schools to administer in-class curriculum and the parent/student driver education component of the driver’s education course via an online platform.
  • Aid for Customers Moving Out of Virginia
    • The budget also allows the DMV Commissioner to delay the cancellation of a credential when a customer moves out of the Commonwealth. Prior to this change, a customer had 30 days upon leaving Virginia to transfer their credentials to their new state. During the pandemic, DMV has extended that grace period for 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.
  • Restricted Driving Privileges
    • The budget also ensures that any customer who had a prior driver’s license revocation for a non-motor vehicle-related, drug-related offense is able to petition the court for restricted driving privileges. If the petition is granted, the customer can get a restricted driver’s license as long as they are otherwise eligible. DMV has contacted all 305 affected customers and helped them in scheduling appointments to satisfy any outstanding requirements, such as completing a knowledge test.

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