Idaho DMV provides "emergency extension" to drivers with expiring or expired licenses

Idaho DMV provides "emergency extension"
Posted at 3:18 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 18:10:16-04

The Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles has implemented an emergency extension through Oct. 31 of this year, for all Idaho drivers with expiring or expired driver’s licenses -- due to recent DMV office closures and computer system issues. “Information about this extension has been communicated to county sheriff, local, state and national law enforcement and is in immediate effect,” said ITD spokesperson Jennifer Gonzalez.

ITD DMV Administrator Alberto Gonzalez implemented the emergency extension Tuesday -- less than 24 hours after severe vendor software issues forced most DMV county offices that issue driver’s licenses to close their doors. 

“There are some exclusions to the extension; including Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holders who do not have a legal presence document on file with Idaho’s DMV, and drivers whose privileges are currently withdrawn until reinstatement requirements are fulfilled,” Gonzalez explained.

Customers or agencies with questions or in need of documentation to support the extension are encouraged to call the ITD DMV at 208.334.8586 or contact their local sheriff office.

Specific to DMV license services not being available, ITD officials say they are working closely with their vendor, sheriffs and county staff to get services online as quickly as possible. 

Governor “Butch” Otter also has called a working group of stakeholders together to move forward with a short and long-term fix.

“ITD greatly appreciates the patience of our customers and county staff and as we collectively work together to secure a permanent solution,” Gonzalez stated.

The ITD says people whose license or state ID expired on Aug. 20 or after should print a copy of the letter from ITD to show to law enforcement or the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) if needed.

To download the letter, please click here.