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Friday, June 03, 2005

Driver's License Renewal On The Internet

The House approved a bill on Tuesday that would allow motorists to renew their driver's licenses on the Internet and receive their licenses by mail. The measure now goes to the Senate. The bill would give drivers who are between the ages of 18 and 38 a license renewal for an eight-year period of time, up from the current five. After that, drivers who are not yet 60 years old could renew once on the Internet for an additional five years before having to return to a local DMV office, meaning a maximum 13-year span between in-person visits.

Bill supporters say this change would eliminate lines at DMV offices and also would eliminate the need for all Division of Motor Vehicles offices to be equipped with card-making machines. Instead, licenses and permits would be generated at a centralized location and mailed to applicants. In the meantime, DMV offices would issue a temporary driving certificate good for 10 days. The temporary certificate would not be valid as an identification card. The 10-day period also would give DMV officials a chance to determine whether a motorist is trying to generate a false identification or steal someone else's identity.

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