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Apr 24

DMV announce adjustments and extensions to some requirements during COVID-19

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 1:43 pm by Clay Curtin

The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced it will offer relief to California residents experiencing the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Adjustments to requirements were outlined in Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order granting a 60-day extension for California DMV customers in regards to several deadlines:
  • Waiving late fees and penalties for vehicle registration renewals due between March 16 and May 31, 2020, and paid within 60 days of the original expiration date. The requirement to have current license plate stickers is also waived for vehicles with registration expiring between March 4 and June 30, 2020.
  • Extending identification cards expiring on or after March 4, 2020, to be valid through June 22, 2020 (60 days from today).
  • Temporarily suspending for 60 days the requirement to submit a transfer of ownership within 10 days for vehicle transfers occurring on or after March 4, 2020, and the requirement to register a vehicle acquired or previously based outside of California within 20 days once registration becomes due.
  • Allowing temporary operating permits that expire on or after March 4, 2020, to be valid another 60 days from today.
  • Lengthening motor carrier permits expiring in March, April and May 2020 to June 30, 2020. A motor carrier permit is required for numerous transportation and commercial activities in California, including transporting property for compensation, hauling with a commercial vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds, and transporting hazardous materials.
While DMV field offices remain closed, the DMV continues to encourage customers to visit its Virtual Field Office for a number of services including vehicle registration renewals and vehicle transfers.

Law enforcement officers statewide have been informed of the changes.

For more information, or to sign up for an account, go to or call 800-777-0133.