I have been asked by many people about driving license renewal for visa holders if their current one is expiring due to i94 expiry.
Most states in USA have suspended the expiration date temporarily. This means that your current driving license would be considered valid for driving even if the printed validity has expired.
There has been no separate announcement separately for visa holders. We are assuming that driving license expiration extension is being given to all irrespective of their visa status.
You can drive in USA with your international of home country license for limited time.
I am listing the states and their driving license renewal notification during Coronavirus here. Do share with on forum if you have more information about your state. This list is under construction right now as I am trying to find information for some states.
|State||Automatic Driving License Extension?||Start Date|
|Vermont (VT)||90 days||No start date provided. Announced on Mar 17. So, assume Mar 17 as start date.|
|Florida (FL)||30 days||Mar 16|
|Georgia (GA)||120 Days for age 60 & older. No extension for others at this time.||No date provided|
|Nebraska (NE)||Automatic extension until stop date announced.||Mar 1|
|Ohio (OH)||Coming Soon|
|West Virginia (WV)||Coming Soon|
|Delaware (DE)||Coming Soon|
|Indiana (IN)||Coming Soon|
|Maryland (MD)||No fixed days – extended Up-to 30 days after the emergency has been lifted.||Now|
|Minnesota (MN)||Coming Soon|
|Mississippi (MS)||Coming Soon|
|Missouri (MO)||Coming Soon|
|Montana (MT)||Coming Soon|
|New Hampshire (NH)||Coming Soon|
|New Jersey (NJ)||Coming Soon|
|New Mexico (NM)||Coming Soon|
|North Carolina (NC)||Coming Soon|
|Oklahoma (OK)||Coming Soon|
|Rhode Island (RI)||Coming Soon|
|South Carolina (SC)||Coming Soon|
|Wyoming (WY)||Coming Soon|
|Alaska (AK)||Coming Soon|
|Colorado (CO)||Coming Soon|
|Illinois (IL)||30 days||No start date provided. Assume Mar 17 as governor announced it.|
|Louisiana (LA)||Coming Soon|
|Maine (ME)||Coming Soon|
|North Dakota (ND)||Coming Soon|
|South Dakota (SD)||Coming Soon|
|Massachusetts (MA)||60 days||Mar 1 to Apr 15. Add 60 days to your expiry date. People with i94 expiry are not eligible.|
|Utah (UT)||Coming Soon|
|Tennessee (TN)||Coming Soon|
|Virginia (VA)||60 days||Now to May 15|
|Arkansas (AR)||Coming Soon|
|Texas (TX)||Automatic 60 day extension||Mar 13|
|Washington State (WA)||Coming Soon|
|Pennsylvania (PA)||Coming Soon|
|Connecticut (CT)||Coming Soon|
|Hawaii (HI)||Coming Soon|
|Idaho (ID)||Coming Soon|
|Kansas (KS)||Coming Soon|
|Kentucky (KY)||Coming Soon|
|Wisconsin (WI)||Coming Soon|
|California (CA)||60 days (No official info on Gov DMV site)||No start date announced|
|New York State (NY)||Automatic extension until stop date announced.||Mar 1|
|Arizona (AZ)||Coming Soon|
|Oregon (OR)||Coming Soon|
|Alabama (AL)||Coming Soon|
|Iowa (IA)||Coming Soon|
|Michigan (MI)||Coming Soon|
|Nevada (NV)||Coming Soon|
For states who offer online driving license renewal, you should apply from home. Some state governors have categorically allowed all extensions even if you do not renew license online.
You cannot use a suspended or revoked driving license for driving in a Coronavirus emergency.
A person who is not eligible to drive due to an active enforcement action (suspension, revocation or denial) can use the card for identity purposes only.
No driving tests are conducted during the Coronavirus national emergency.
Almost all driving license offices are closed.
Almost 99.9% of visa workers like H1B, L1, their dependents like H4, L2 and students would not be eligible for online driving license renewal as it depends on their legal status validity in the USA.
You need your USCIS approved i797 and i94 to get a driving license.