UPDATE: W.Va. DMV announces 10 regional offices now taking appointments

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ, WTAP) - UPDATE: 5/22/20 3:30 P.M.

The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles announced today that appointments are now available through the DMV website, dmv.wv.gov. Starting next Tuesday, May 26, ten DMV regional office locations will offer appointments for services that must be completed in-person, such as customers who need to take their driver knowledge or skills test or to transfer an out-of-state driver's license. The following locations will be available for appointments:

Kanawha City / Charleston
Winfield
Beckley
Charles Town / Kearneysville
Huntington
Moundsville
Fairmont
Flatwoods
Romney
Parkersburg

Customers may visit the DMV website or use this link: go.wv.gov/DMVappointment to make an appointment. DMV will be releasing a dedicated phone number next week for customers who need to make an appointment but do not have internet access.

"We will be focusing on the services that must be done in-person, including transactions for customers who need to obtain an original identification card, salesperson testing, changes to ID cards or driver's licenses, and driver knowledge and skills testing," commissioner of the W.Va. DMV Everett Frazier said.

Skills testing will be offered at nine locations, all listed above minus the Winfield office. New courses have been developed that will allow the driver examiner to observe the driving from outside the car while the applicant completes the test with a licensed parent or other licensed driver over the age of 21 accompanying the driver in the vehicle. Additional locations for driver skills tests will be announced as they are made available.

Commissioner Frazier added, "We are excited to be resuming these services and look forward to serving the citizens of West Virginia again in-person. We thank them for their patience and continue to encourage the use of our online services and our kiosks for those transactions that don't have to be done in-person."

For more information, residents are asked to visit the DMV website at dmv.wv.gov, or call 1-800-642-9066.

UPDATE: 5/18/20 10:10 A.M.

The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles has added more time to the extension on driver and vehicle transaction expiration dates.

The extension is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic closing regional offices.

According to DMV Commissioner Everett Frazier, customers that have any of the following documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020 qualify for these extensions:

• Any Driver’s License including Graduated Driver's License (levels 1, 2, and 3, and includes February expiration dates) and Commercial Driver’s License.
• Instructional Permits, including Commercial Permits.
• Vehicle registration, including temporary vehicle registrations or plates, and IRP registration.

Frazier says, "we understand that customers are concerned about their documents expiring, so I am extending the expiration date for all of the previously stated documents to August 1, 2020. This should provide plenty of time for customers to go online to our website, dmv.wv.gov, and renew the transactions they can, or do mail-in work."

The DMV is working with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for commercial drivers license applicants and holders.

"We understand there is a need to have CDL drivers to deliver necessary supplies during this pandemic. I want to encourage applicants to visit our website to apply for your CDL and follow the steps we have outlined. In addition, medical certifications expiring on or after March 1, 2020 will have until June 30, 2020, to provide a new medical certification to avoid the downgrading of the CDL," according to Commissioner Frazier.

Officials say safety upgrades currently being added to DMV regional offices include, plexiglass wall dividers, masks for employees and additional cleaning supplies.

When offices reopen, there will only be a certain number of people allowed inside at a time and the office will run on an appointment based system to keep numbers at a recommended level for safety.

Customers are encouraged to use the DMV's online services portal to handle most of their requests such as:

• Driver’s license renewal (if no changes, and every other cycle)
• Duplicate driver’s license request
• Vehicle registration renewals
• Duplicate vehicle registration decals and cards
• Print your driving record
• Check your driver’s license status
• A full list of online services may be found by going to dmv.wv.gov


ORIGINAL STORY: 4/16/20

The West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is granting a 90-day extension period on many driver and vehicle transactions. This includes expirations occurring in the month of May because many regional offices are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This announcement revises the recent memorandum that extended the expiration date of any of the following documents with an expiration date in March or April (and now May) of 2020 for three months from the date of expiration on the face of the document:

-Any Driver’s License including Graduated Driver's License (levels 1, 2, and 3, and includes February expiration dates) and Commercial Driver’s License.
-Instructional Permits, including Commercial Permits.
-Vehicle registration, including temporary vehicle registrations or plates, and IRP registration.
-Also, in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), any CDL holder whose medical certification expires March 1, 2020, or after, and was issued for 90 days or longer, will have until June 30, 2020, to provide a new medical certification to avoid the downgrading of the CDL.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the Federal Real ID deadline of enforcement to October 1, 2021. And many of the DMV’s most requested services can be completed online at dmv.wv.gov.