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Many Oregon residents will be able to renew their driver licenses, permits and identification cards online at DMV2U starting in early May, possibly as early as May 5.

This new feature coming to DMV2U.Oregon.gov will save thousands of customers a trip to a DMV office and free up appointment times for others. Demand for appointment slots and DMV services remains high because of the COVID-19 backlog.

DMV St. Helens

The DMV is located at 500 N Columbia River Highway Suite 400 in St. Helens.

“We hope that people will consider renewing online instead of making an appointment at a local office,” DMV Administrator Amy Joyce said. “We understand it’s frustrating for Oregonians who have a hard time finding an appointment slot. We’re adding more online services to better serve customers and get them what they need without a trip to a DMV office.”

Joyce said customers who want to change from a regular driver license or ID card to a Real ID-compliant credential, if you need to add a motorcycle or farm endorsement, or add a veteran designation, or renew a limited-term credential, or renew in other uncommon situations, will need to make an appointment and come into the office.

When you renew online, you will be able to print a receipt to carry with you. Law enforcement can verify your driving privileges electronically in the event of a traffic stop.

This online option comes at a critical time. DMV mails renewal reminders to customers about two months before expiration. But many reminders intended to be mailed this winter were delayed by a programming error. Those customers may be eligible to renew online in May faster than waiting for an appointment. News of the online renewal option has been added to the reminders.

This new service is ideal for customers who only need to renew the type of card they currently have,” Joyce said. “Most importantly, it gives you a choice – you may wish to wait until May to renew online instead of setting an appointment and going in person.”

Grace period for late renewal

Oregon residents with a vehicle registration, permit or driver license that expires between Nov. 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021, have up to three months after their expiration date to renew. DMV and Oregon Law enforcement have an agreement that officers will use discretion in a traffic stop when a customer has an expired license or vehicle tag and is within the grace period.

A bill making its way through the Oregon legislature would grant a six-month grace period from expiration through the end of 2021.

Also, there is no penalty or extra fee for renewing your driver license, permit or ID card up to 12 months after your expiration date.

What credentials you can renew online starting in May

You will be able to renew your:

  • Driver license
  • Commercial driver license (except CDL with hazmat or farm endorsement)
  • ID card
  • Instruction permit

The DMV office in Columbia County is located at 500 N Columbia River Hwy Suite 400. The office may be reached at 503-397-3515.

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