Fighting expired licenses amid DMV shutdowns – Virtual services can help – CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The DMV is urging people to use their ‘virtual field offices’ amid coronavirus shutdowns.

CBS13 heard from a variety of viewers who reported difficulties and concerns with expired licenses, ranging from the ability to travel to the ability to purchase alcohol. At least one viewer said he was told he couldn’t buy a gun.

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On Tuesday, DMV Director Steve Gordon acknowledged that there may be a lack of awareness of new policies meant to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We do what we do our best to make sure people know about it. Part of this awareness campaign, again, is what we’re doing here today, ”Gordon said.

The DMV held a press conference on Facebook live where the director praised the agency’s new virtual services. From unmanned DMV kiosks to the new online service, Gordon said the DMV has deployed a variety of virtual options that allow people to “be able to solve these problems without having to go to the office in the field.”

Following an executive order, the DMV extended the newly expired California driver’s licenses until the end of May. The agency waived in-person renewal requirements, and drivers can now log in and print a take-out extension with their expired ID.

But commentators on Facebook Live have raised a series of other issues. A woman said she has been waiting six weeks for the replacement license she ordered online and several people have raised concerns about the need for a new license or a driving test.

Gordon acknowledged that these are just a few of the things the DMV can do virtually.

“There are a number of people who have written to me and some of them were teenagers trying to get their licenses,” Gordon said.

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He says that while people can extend their permits and licenses online, and commercial truck drivers can take their exams remotely, most Californians still have to wait to apply for a new permit or permit in person.

“We’re looking at something as part of our modernization effort, finding a way to expand our exams so people can take them where they are,” Gordon said.

But what about people who are denied services because of federal driver’s license requirements?

CBS13 called several local gun stores on Tuesday. Each said they would not sell a firearm to someone whose license has expired, despite the DMV extension.

Although the Justice Department told CBS13: “If a state issues an executive order extending the expiration date of state licenses, a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) may accept the license as a valid identification document for the purposes of a transaction. fire arms. “

The TSA tells us it will allow people to travel with licenses that “expired on or after March 1”.

The Bureau of Alcohol and Beverage Control says the decision to sell alcohol to someone whose license has expired rests with the store owner. The law only says they can’t sell to a minor, it doesn’t require them to check ID.

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Some people are worried about getting their real ID cards, but the federal government has now extended that deadline until October 2021.

Perry A. Thomasson