Expiration dates extended for DMV credentials

On May 4, 2020, Governor Cooper extended expiration dates for N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles credentials (such as driver licenses and vehicle registrations; full list below):

  • People whose credentials expired between March 1, 2020 and Aug. 1, 2020 have been given a one-time, five-month extension (from the original expiration date) to renew driver licenses and handle vehicle registrations.
  • Any fines and fees related to expired credentials are being temporarily waived. Customers who already paid a $15 fee for a late renewal in March or April will be reimbursed.
  • This language does not change the original expiration date of the driver license or vehicle registration renewal; it only provides a one-time extension. 

For example: If your registration has a current deadline of March 31, 2020, then the new due date will be Aug. 31, 2020. Next year, the registration deadline will revert to March 31, 2021.

  • Road skills tests are still a requirement for those seeking a limited provisional license, or a first-time driver license. Road tests are not being offered until it is determined it is safe to do so.
  • The five-month extension applies to any credential that expires on or after March 1, and before Aug. 31. The list includes:
  • Driver license
  • Learner’s permit
  • Limited learner’s permit
  • Limited provisional license
  • Full provisional license
  • Commercial driver license
  • Commercial learner’s permit
  • Temporary driving certificate
  • Special identification card
  • Handicapped placard
  • Vehicle registration
  • Temporary vehicle registration
  • Dealer license plate
  • Transporter plate
  • Loaner/Dealer “LD” plate
  • Vehicle inspection authorization
  • Inspection station license
  • Inspection mechanic license
  • Transportation network company permit
  • Motor vehicle dealer license
  • Sales representative license
  • Manufacturer licenseDistributor license
  • Wholesaler license
  • Driver training school license
  • Driver training school instructor licenseProfessional house-moving license

DMV Credential Extensions Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have a license or registration that expires between March 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020, what do I do?If your license expires between March 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020 and you do not wish to go into a DMV office you have several options:
    • Check to see if your transaction can be completed online.
    • If it cannot be completed online, or you do not wish to conduct business online, you are eligible for a one-time, five-month extension on your license or registration. Please note that this is a one-time, temporary extension. For example: If your registration has a current deadline of March 31, 2020, then the new due date will be Aug. 31, 2020. In 2021, the registration deadline will revert to March 31, 2021.
  • What if I have already had my car inspected but do not want to go into an office?
  • If you already have had your car inspected, you can likely complete your registration online. If you do not wish to do this online, your vehicle inspection is valid for 90 days. If you do not renew your vehicle registration before the 90 days are up, you will need to have your car inspected again.


  • My child received a Driving Eligibility Certificate from their school, but we haven’t been able to get to a DMV office for them to test for a driving permit, what can we do?
  • If your child has a valid Driving Eligibility Certificate issued by their school that was dated between Feb. 9, 2020 and March 10, 2020, that certificate will be accepted by the Division of Motor Vehicles for up to 30 days after all DMV offices have been reopened.

  • I am a CDL license holder and am required to submit periodic medical certification paperwork to the NCDMV. Am I still required to submit those documents?
  • Yes. Please contact the NCDMV Medical Review Unit. On a case by case basis, your Medical Waiver may be extended by up to five months.

  • I am a CDL license holder with a specialized endorsement (Ex: Hazmat). My endorsement expires soon, what can I do?
  • If your endorsement expires between March 1, 2020 and Aug. 1, 2020, you are eligible for a five-month extension.

  • I have seen that other states are waiving the road test for individuals who want to get their driver license. Is the NCDMV doing this too?
  • No. It is still a requirement that individuals seeking a limited provisional license, or a first-time driver license, pass a road skills test. Road tests are not being offered until it is determined it is safe to do so.
  • What “credentials” or services fall under the five-month extension?
    • Driver license
    • Learner’s permit
    • Limited learner’s permit
    • Limited provisional license
    • Full provisional license
    • Commercial driver license
    • Commercial learner’s permit
    • Temporary driving certificate
    • Special identification card
    • Handicapped placard
    • Vehicle registration
    • Temporary vehicle registration
    • Dealer license plate
    • Transporter plate
    • Loaner/Dealer “LD” plate
    • Vehicle inspection authorization
    • Inspection station license
    • Inspection mechanic license
    • Transportation network company permit
    • Motor vehicle dealer license
    • Sales representative license
    • Manufacturer license
    • Distributor license
    • Wholesaler license
    • Driver training school license
    • Driver training school instructor license
    • Professional house-moving license
May 4th, 2020 by
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