The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is automatically extending driving licenses for over 70s, to prevent them having to visit a DMV office during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An automatic one-year extension will be applied for Californians age 70 and older with a noncommercial driver license with an expiration date between March 1 and December 31, 2020.

The DMV previously provided 120-day extensions to senior drivers with noncommercial licenses expiring in March through July. Drivers will not receive a new card or paper extension in the mail, but can request a free temporary paper extension online beginning July 15 through DMV’s Virtual Field Office to document the extension, though this is not needed to drive. Californians with a suspended license are not eligible.

Commercial licenses, including those for drivers 70 and older, expiring between March and September are extended through September 30, 2020, to align with federal guidelines.