DMV updates procedures, extends grace period due to COVID-19

DMV updates procedures, extends grace period due to COVID-19
(Source: WHSV)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles updated its service options for juvenile licenses, driver training and more due to COVID-19.

The changes were brought by Virginia’s special session budget that was signed by Governor Ralph Northam in November.

The DMV is now able to work with local courts in regards to juvenile licenses. Normally, driver’s licenses for those under the age of 18 are given during a licensing ceremony. The DMV can now determine which courts are not holding ceremonies and send the driver’s licenses directly to the minors.

The budget allows Class B driver training schools and computer-based driver education programs to administer end-of-course tests online during a state of emergency, such as a pandemic. These schools can also give in-class curriculums and parent/student driver education via online platforms.

The grace period is now extended for those moving out of Virginia. Prior to the change, customers had 30 days to transfer their credentials to another state. During the pandemic, that has been extended to 90 days.

The budget allows customers with revoked licenses to petition the court for restricted driving privileges. This option is available for revocations that did not involve a motor vehicle or a drug-related offense. If the petition is granted, the customer can obtain a restricted driver’s license as long as they are otherwise eligible.

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