Thanks to a new law passed by the General Assembly this year, folks with North Carolina drivers licenses will be able to renew them without having to schlep down to the DMV and wait in line.
A provision of the Appropriations Act of 2014 (Section 34.8) will allow people to renew their licenses remotely — through a website, by mail or over the telephone. Remote renewal is intended to make the driver’s license renewal process more convenient.
To qualify for remote renewal, the driver must possess a valid “Class C” license (that’s the kind of drivers license that most people have) issued to them when they were at least 18 years old, they must currently reside at the address shown on their license, and their drivers license can’t have any restrictions (with the exception of the “corrective lenses” restriction).
The best part? Drivers won’t be required to take a new picture or have to pass any additional pesky DMV exams.
The change is the latest in a series of reforms passed by the General Assembly and Governor McCrory which are designed to reduce wait times and improve the customer experience at the DMV.
The last time Republicans were in charge of both the state legislature and the governor’s office at the same time in North Carolina was in 1870, prior to the invention of the automobile.