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DMV extends learner’s permits expiring through May of 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the California Department of Motor Vehicles to extend driver’s license permits with expiration dates for six months, through May 31, according to a DMV press release issued last month.

The extension allows student drivers more time to complete the prerequisites needed for a provisional license, including six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with a driving school and 50 hours of supervised driving practice.

Eligible permits are extended six months from the date of expiration or to a date 24 months from the date of application, whichever is earlier, the release stated. The DMV previously extended permits expiring between March 1 and Nov. 30. Department officials said they have alerted law enforcement of the extensions, which require no individual action on the part of drivers.

The DMV resumed behind-the-wheel drive tests with new health and safety protocols June 26, and appointments to take the test are available.

Commercial learner’s permits expiring between March and December have been extended through Dec. 31 to align with federal guidelines.

Californians interested in applying for a learner’s permit may do so by filling out the online application and uploading the required documents. Those who have completed the process can visit a DMV office to finalize the transaction and receive their permit – no appointment necessary.

DMV field office employees are assisting customers with appointments and walk-ins as time and space permit, according to the release. The DMV recommends that customers use its online services, expanded virtual services and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals. Customers can use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn about their options to complete DMV tasks.

For more information, visit dmv.ca.gov/portal.

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