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Expired driver's license can be renewed online

I cannot get an appointment with the DMV until well after my driver’s license expires. Will I go to jail?

— Phil, Eagle Point

No need to iron that orange jumpsuit just yet, Phil, because according to the Oregon Department of Transportation, “many” Oregon residents will be able to renew their driver’s license as early as May 5.

And if that is after your renewal date, don’t seat it, because Oregon residents with a vehicle registration, permit or driver’s license that expires between Nov. 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021, have three months after their expiration date to renew.

Why the “many” caveat? Because according to DMV Administrator Amy Joyce, those who want to change from a regular driver’s license or ID card to a Real ID-compliant credential will need to make an appointment and visit their local DMV office (the Medford DMV is located at 987 Medford Center Dr.).

Those interested in merely renewing an expired driver’s license, permit and ID card can do so online at DMV2U.Oregon.gov. According to ODOT, demand for appointments and DMV services is high due to the COVID-19 backlog.

“We hope that people will consider renewing online instead of making an appointment at a local office,” Joyce said. “We understand it’s frustrating for Oregonians who have a hard time finding an appointment slot. We’re adding more online services to better serve customers and get them what they need without a trip to a DMV office.”

Those who renew online will be able to print a receipt that they can throw in their glove compartment, and if they’re stopped by a police officer, they’ll use that receipt to verify electronically that the license is up to date.

Your driver’s license is one of several credentials Oregon residents will be able to renew online in May. The others are a commercial driver’s license, ID card, instruction permit, motorcycle instruction permit, restricted moped-only license and a disability golf cart driver permit. Online renewal will also allow people to change their address if they’ve moved and add or remove the organ donation option from their record.

In order to qualify for online renewal, your card must be within 12 months of its expiration date, your previous renewal must have been done in person at a DMV office, and you can’t be suspended or owe a reinstatement fee from a previous suspension.

Also, for the next two years DMV will postpone the vision test required for drivers age 50 and older who renew online.

Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; or by email to youasked@rosebudmedia.com. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.