There’s a new process to renewing your license, which is beginning to be phased in as of today. Instead of getting your new license/ID at the time that you go to the DMV, your new license will be mailed to you. In the meantime, you will be issued a temporary ID.
These new IDs will not only be more secure, but also sport a new design as well. According to a press release from the DMV, this is a part of the continuing effort to help further prevent identity theft, as the IDs will be mailed from Central Issuance. The press release went onto state that you should get your ID within 20 days of renewing.
It is recommended, according to the press release, that you go a week before your birthday — that way, you can have the new one in your wallet before the old one expires.
While I am in favor for having a license that is less prone to identity theft, I can see both the pros and cons.
One pro that caught my eye was the fact that this new process promises to be more efficient, as in the next phase, users can both renew their credentials online and request a new license if yours is lost/stolen. What does that mean? Shorter lines, and wait times — both wins in my book.
Despite that, I still am a bit hesitant. I don’t know about you all, but I am a huge procrastinator, and am that person who waits until the last possible second before my license expires. While you still have the option to get the temporary paper license, I’m still concerned about it being accepted when you go to show ID, such as when you buy alcohol or lottery tickets. Will stores consider those to be accepted forms of identification, or will you have to wait until you have your actual license to do so?
Overall all though, I am pretty excited about the potential of having a shorter wait time at the DMV.