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DMV Alert Updates

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We’ve rounded up the latest changes from the California DMV that you need to know.

18-Month Rule Officially Changed to 90 Days

Back in April 2020, we alerted you that the DMV proposed amendments to 13 CCR section 272.02, better known as the 18-Month Rule, which reduces the on-site record retention period to 90 days. Beginning October 1, 2020, this amendment came into effect.  Please refer to DMV OLIN 2020-10 bulletin for more details.

Driver’s License Extensions

Back in July 2020, we informed you that the DMV had provided certain extensions for expired or expiring driver’s licenses. On September 31, 2020, the DMV announced that it has extended all expiring commercial driver’s licenses through December 31, 2020, so that drivers can continue delivering essential products and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic without worrying about an expired license. Below is the updated chart from the DMV’s website on all driver’s license extensions provided to date.

DMV Expands Online Services

The DMV also announced that it has expanded online services for commercial drivers.  The DMV has provided an online application for commercial driver’s license renewals.  Visit this link for more details.

The DMV also launched online motor carrier permit renewals.  Visit this link for more details.


If you have any questions regarding this, or any other situation that may arise in your sales or service departments, hotline clients are invited to contact us at (800) 785-2880 (then press “4” for hotline) or [email protected].

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