Drivers are no longer required to leave the house to renew a license as the Arizona Department of Transportation announced Thursday the process can now be done online.
“We’ve all seen a lot of change over the last year, but this is something new that everyone can embrace,” Eric Jorgensen, MVD director, said in a press release.
People can renew both a standard and a commercial driver’s license online.
Those with a CDL license can only renew online as long as the address is the same, a valid primary document is on file with the MVD and their current credential is in good standing.
“The website has added convenience for customers and made it easier for Arizonans to conduct their business with MVD,” Jorgensen said. “Adding driver license renewals to the long list of other services, like registration renewals, change of address and ordering a replacement license, will help keep Arizonans out of line and safely on the road.”
Everyone with an Arizona driver’s license has an account on the website, which will need to be activated upon first use. Select “Renew Now” in the “My Credential” section after logging in and follow the instructions.
People are advised to allow 15 days for processing and mail delivery of the new license. The new expiration date on record will be when the application and payment are submitted electronically, according to the release.
The new online option is due in part to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s Executive Order on deferring standard driver license expiration dates ending on Feb. 28, and ADOT wishing to continue giving people a contactless option amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Most Arizonans with a standard driver license must renew their license when they turn 65 years of age and every five years thereafter,” John Halikowski, ADOT Director, said in the release. “During the pandemic, ADOT wants to continue Governor Ducey’s efforts to help protect our most vulnerable and we’re pleased to be able to offer a contactless renewal option so people can continue making healthy choices.”
People will still have to visit the MVD to renew a standard license if the photo was taken more than 12 years prior to the renewal, according to the release, along with those CDL license-holders with a hazmat endorsement.