Many Delaware residents no longer have to wait in line at a Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to renew their driver's licenses and identification cards. With passage of a new bill last September, they can now renew online; the option became available on January 3.
Customers must be over 18 years old and hold a Class D driver’s license or state ID card to use the online MyDMV service. The license renewal fee will not be any different when renewing online—a five-year license costs $25.
Governor John Carney signed House Bill 146 last fall, which was key in instituting online license renewals. The bill removed a rule that said ID signatures had to be written out by hand with pen and paper.
“Allowing residents with a current license or identification card to complete the renewal process online when it works for their schedule is another great example of how we are working to make our services more convenient and efficient across state government,” Carney said.
The customer will be able to print a temporary license at home while waiting for the physical card to arrive by mail (usually within two weeks of the license renewal request). The customer’s most recent DMV photo will be reused on the new ID.
“The Delaware DMV is providing our customers with even more flexibility and convenience to process their transactions, and this service adds to our many online offerings,” said DMV Director Scott Vien.
While the majority of the population will reap the rewards of this new service, there are still those who will have to renew their licenses in person. For example, drivers with commercial or graduated licenses do not meet the online renewal standards.
Furthermore, anyone who has recently lost driving privileges or anyone who used a self-service DMV kiosk for their last renewal will not yet be able to use the online DMV provision.