The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) said Friday that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, learner’s permits, persons with disability placards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections are being extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
Deadlines on the following products have been extended effective March 27, 2020:
- For driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through May 31, 2020.
- For vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through May 31, 2020.
- For Persons with Disabilities parking placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through May 31, 2020.
The extensions announced Friday are in addition to those announced on March 16.
PennDOT previously announced that all Driver License centers, Photo License centers and the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center in Pennsylvania are closed for counter service until further notice.
Customers may complete various transactions and access various resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling.
There are no additional fees for using online services.
The deadline for Pennsylvania’s compliance with the Department of Homeland Security’s Real ID Act has also been extended by one year, to Oct. 1, 2021. While not required, the new IDs will be required for residents at airports and federal facilities if they don’t have another acceptable form of identification.
As of mid-day Saturday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state had increased by more than 500 since Friday, to 2,751. The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 increased to 34 from 22.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he was extending a stay-at-home order to three additional counties–Beaver, Washington and Centre–effective at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The order was already in place in more than a dozen counties in which more than half the state’s population resides.
The stay-at-home order imposes restrictions on residents’ ability to leave home and is part of an effort to help contain the spread of the virus.