Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: September 14, 2018
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Ofirah Yheskel,

Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Extending the Validity Period of Expiring Virginia Licenses Due to State of Emergency

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued an executive order directing the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to extend the validity period of Virginia driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, commercial driver’s licenses, and identification cards issued by the Commonwealth that expire September 11, 2018, through September 16, 2018, until midnight on September 21, 2018.

This extension is due to the state of emergency declared by Governor Northam in preparation for Hurricane Florence impacts. Some Department of Motor Vehicles customer service centers in areas affected by the storm closed, which could impede the ability of Virginians to renew those licenses and identification cards.

Extending the validity of licenses means Virginians should not suffer fines for licenses that expired during those dates.

The full text of Executive Order Eighteen can be found here.

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