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Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles offering 90-day extensions because of coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 6:26 AM, Mar 21, 2020

In an effort to bring relief to Nevada motorists affected by the closures related to COVID-19, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles have issued an automatic 90-day extension for expiring driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and other DMV documents. Governor Sisolak signed a Declaration of Emergency authorizing the extension this afternoon.

Citizens can visit the DMV website, dmvnv.com [dmvnv.com], to download an Extension Letter to present to law enforcement on demand.

“This extension provides some reassurance to Nevada drivers that, while the DMV continues to conduct business online, any processing delays caused by the DMV physical office closures will not result in penalties for expired driver’s licenses, registration, or other DMV documents in the near future,” said Gov. Sisolak. “We will continue to explore and implement creative solutions to relieve some of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 crisis.”

Extensions are being granted on any DMV document that has an expiration date of March 16 through April 30, 2020. This includes all types of driver’s licenses and ID cards, vehicle registrations and movement permits, DMV business licenses and Motor Carrier credentials.

The extension does not include vehicle liability insurance or SR-22 requirements. Motorists must maintain their insurance coverage.

“No one is going to face a penalty because they are unable to complete a DMV transaction,” said DMV Director Julie Butler. “At the same time, however, we’re encouraging customers to complete their business online, if at all possible, to help avoid backlogs once services are fully restored.”

Examples of online transactions include:

  • vehicle registration renewals (can also be completed at kiosks)
  • registration of vehicles purchased from a Nevada dealer
  • registration cancellation
  • insurance verification and reinstatement
  • driver history printouts
  • duplicate driver’s licenses and registration decals

See DMV Online Services [dmvnv.com] for a complete list.

The Nevada DMV also joins a growing list of states and industries calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to push back the Oct. 1, 2020, federal REAL ID deadline due to the impact of COVID-19 is having on the general public and driver’s license and ID card-issuing agencies nationwide.