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Drivers over 70 can renew remotely


Drivers over 70 years of age whose California license expired after March 1 no longer have to go in person to the DMV to renew it, even if you received a letter saying that you do.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered that older Californians be allowed to renew their driver’s licenses remotely to protect them from being infected with COVID-19.

If you received a letter from the DMV to appear in person to renew your license, and you are aged 70 or older, you don’t have to go.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to renew licenses remotely:

• For any task related to the DMV, visit it online at www.dmv. At the top of the page, there is an option for translation if you need to change the language.

• In a pink box on the homepage, the first option is for people over 70 to renew their license or identification; click the link.

• If you don’t have an account on the DMV site yet, it will ask you to create one, and at the end, they will ask you to pay a renewal fee, so have a credit or debit card or electronic check ready. On the left of the page, there are four blue buttons. Press the second one, and it will take you to the page to open your account; if you don’t have one yet, press “register an account” under “login.”

After doing this they will ask for your email account, your license number, cell phone that receives texts, date of birth, and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Then they will send a code to your phone and/or email, and with that, you will confirm your account, after which, you will be asked to enter a password.

Now you will be able to enter your DMV account online, and carry out procedures.

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