Renewing a Driver's License?

Every state has its own motor vehicle rules and regulations. it is important to know what is expected of you when you renew your license. This is a page about renewing a driver's license.


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During this pandemic has your driver's license expired or is it expiring soon? I was dreading the moment when the DMV reopens because I have to renew my driver's license in person (as the last 2 renewals were by mail).

For the state of California, the DMV is giving an extension:

- Licenses for drivers 70 and older that expire in June or July are extended 120 days.
- Expiring licenses for drivers 69 and younger are now valid through July.
Extensions will be provided to eligible drivers automatically.

Another piece of great news is even if you were supposed to renew your driver's license in person, you are now able to do so online. I am very relieved, however, there was a small 2.1% fee for paying via debit or credit card, but I believe the e-check option has no fee.

If you need to do anything relating to the DMV, definitely check your state's announcements for further notices because each state will vary.

Source: Personal Experience / State of California


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Someone very dear to me lost all her hair to chemotherapy. She is devastated by this. Her driver's license comes up for renewal soon and she doesn't know if she's allowed to wear a wig in her photo. The Virginia DMV was designated the worst in America(I believe it) and their website reflects this: a big, confused mess. I couldn't find an answer for this.


Does anybody know? Don't suggest calling their 800 number. They have only one 800 number and only 15 operators for the entire state. It takes forever to get through, if you get through. They often put you on hold for hours then hang up on you. On top of that I've never been given correct information. Can anybody help?


By Anonymous (Guest Post)
October 29, 20070 found this helpful

You could ask the VA branch of the American Cancer Society...

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By teresa (Guest Post)
October 29, 20070 found this helpful

Just wear it and don't mention it is a wig. I seriously doubt anyone will even say anything. they don't ask if you dye your hair.

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By Shelly (Guest Post)
October 29, 20070 found this helpful

I don't see where this would be a problem. Women and men both, dye and bleach their hair all the time. No one will know if it's her natural hair or a wig. I don't believe anyone would dare ask!


I wouldn't bother even trying to ask them anything. Hair color is a choice these days. Would they dare ask a bald man what his hair color used to be, or is that baldness by choice or is it natural? lol

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We lived in VA for many years and I agree with you. As to the wig-or-none, I might suggest that your friend goes to the DMV office at the beginning of her renewal month and see if she goes through okay. If not, have her get in writing just what is okay. Personally, if I came across this, I would wear a wig as close to my pre-radiation style and color as possible and say nothing unless asked. Cay from FL (We now live in Green Cove Springs, FL, and the clerks at the DMV are actually glad to see you and be of service! Another "planet" entirely!)

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October 29, 20070 found this helpful

I don't know why not. As long as she doesn't cover her face I don't know what difference it would make. People are alwas changing the color of their hair :-) I did and had no problem.


Northern Virginia

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October 29, 20070 found this helpful

Another thought. I can renew my license over the internet and don't have to go to the DMV. They simply send my license with the same picture and a new expiration date.

Bless your friend's heart, I know these are confusing times for her.

Northern Virginia

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By Rasta (Guest Post)
October 29, 20070 found this helpful

What they don't know won't hurt them. Just go, get the license and say nothing. It will be fine. I wouldn't worry about it at all.

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October 29, 20070 found this helpful

What is the other choice? Showing up bald? I would not expect men who wear topees to have to remove them.

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