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Thursday, 03 September 2020 18:15

Arizona Drivers Have Another Year to Renew Licenses Under Latest Ducey Order

Written by Cole Lauterbach, The Center Square

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To keep vulnerable seniors out of crowded lines, Gov. Doug Ducey has tacked on an additional year to Arizona drivers' licenses that expire this year.

The executive order signed Sept. 1 defers standard driver's license renewals that expire between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, by one year from their initial expiration date.

 

"Arizona continues to focus on proactive steps to protect the health of our communities and keep our state moving in the right direction," Ducey said. "Today's commonsense Executive Order extends the deadline for drivers to renew their licenses by one year, helping reduce the number of in-person MVD visits during the upcoming months and protecting our most vulnerable."

 

The state's MVD centers have seen long lines in recent months, prompting the Department of Transportation to apologize for the delays and long response times. AZDOT said they're currently servicing 13,000 customers via phone or online daily.

 

The order gives validation to licenses that have expired since March 1 in the eyes of local law enforcement. Still, it's unclear whether federal law enforcement at the U.S/Mexico border or TSA would honor it. DHS officials weren't available to comment on the extension. Drivers may order a new license with an updated expiration date at AZMVDNow.gov after the information is updated Sept. 2.


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