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Michigan extends driver's license, state ID expiration during COVID-19 crisis

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Courtney Corlew
Michiganders now have more time to renew valid driver’s licenses, state IDs, and commercial vehicle registrations that would expire during the state's emergency declaration.";

Drivers whose licenses would otherwise expire during Michigan's COVID-19 emergency declaration get a reprieve under a new executive order signed Monday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. 

“In times of crisis and uncertainty, the last thing you want to think about is having to renew your driver’s license or state ID card,” Whitmer said. “It is my sincere hope this order gives all Michiganders with expiring identification some peace of mind as we continue our united front to slow the spread of COVID-19 across our state.”

The order temporarily extends the expiration date for driver's licenses, learner's permits and commercial driver's licenses until June 30.

Commercial vehicle registrations, including temporary registrations set to expire on or after March 1 now have until June 30.

The order suspends penalties for driving with a recently expired but otherwise valid registration.

It does not apply to drivers with suspended or revoked licenses.

Those eligible to renew their licenses online can do so at michigan.gov/sos.

Lauren Talley is Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition producer. She produces and edits studio interviews and feature stories, and helps manage the “Mornings in Michigan” series. Lauren also serves as the lead substitute host for Morning Edition.
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