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DMV regional offices exploring changes post-coronavirus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Although state Division of Motor Vehicles regional offices closed several weeks ago because of the coronavirus, those who have DMV business still have options.

The agency is doing a lot of transactions and work through it’s online website during these days of social distancing.

Natalie Holcomb

“We are still doing a lot of transactions, a bunch of people are taking advantage of our online service which includes driver’s license renewals and vehicle registration renewals,” DMV Public Information Specialist Natalie Holcomb recently told MetroNews.

Holcomb said although there are options available to take care of renewals and other business online the agency has actually implemented a three-month grace period for your paperwork if it’s set to expire.

“We want our customers to know they have 90 days from the date on the face of the document for an extension,” she said.

Holcomb said the agency, like many, hopes things will be back to some kind of in-person normal by the three-month mark. She said regional offices may have a different look when in-person services resume.

Holcomb said agency offices are holding a number meetings deciding the best way to protect customers and workers.

“You’ve got face shields and plexiglass that people are talking about,” she said.

There also could be steps implemented to limit the number of customers allowed inside one of the regional offices at any one time.

The three-month extension impacts the following documents:

–Any Driver’s License including Graduated Driver’s License (levels 1, 2, and 3, and includes February expiration dates) and Commercial Driver’s License.

–Instructional Permits, including Commercial Permits.

–Vehicle registration, including temporary vehicle registrations or plates, and IRP registration.

Also, in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), any CDL holder whose medical certification expires March 1, 2020, or after, and was issued for 90 days or longer, will have until June 30, 2020, to provide a new medical certification to avoid the downgrading of the CDL.

Additionally, the US Department of Homeland Security announced the extension of the Federal REAL ID deadline of enforcement to October 1, 2021.

The DMV says the extension gives customers extra time to obtain their REAL ID credential. More information regarding REAL ID and DMV’s For Federal driver’s license may be found at: go.wv.gov/realid.

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