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Automatic Extensions of Driver’s License Expiration Dates in Texas and Other States

26 Mar

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the automatic extension of expiration dates of certain Texas driver’s licenses, identification cards, and election identification certificates for the duration of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s declaration of State of Disaster. 

In order to qualify for the extension of the expiration date, the expiration date reflected on the document must be on or after March 13, 2020, but within 60 days of the end of the State of Disaster. A person who is not eligible to drive due to an active enforcement action (suspension, revocation or denial) may use the card for identity purposes only. 

Residents of states outside of Texas are recommended to check with the state agency responsible for issuance of driver’s licenses and other state-issued photograph identification documents to determine whether or not expiration dates have been automatically extended.  The respective state agencies within Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York have all also announced similar concessions in light of the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. 

Foster will continue to track developments in local state procedures that may benefit our clients and will make future updates available in Immigration Updates© and on our website at