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Ask the DMV – Get ahead of back-to-school season with the DMV’s online services

Back-to-school season is right around the corner, so check off your DMV to-do list faster through the DMV’s online services before you’re back in charge of carpool duty! You can now complete most DMV transactions from the comfort of your couch including renewing your vehicle registration, starting an application for a REAL ID, updating your address, and more! Dmv.ca.gov/online – ready when you are.

Q1: My teen just turned 16 and they are ready to get their first driver’s license. Can their first license be a REAL ID?
A1: Yes, save yourself and your new driver the hassle of upgrading later. Just remember – any teen under 18 years old will need to visit the DMV office after their application to take the in-person driving tests. Visit dmv.ca.gov/realid to start the online application today.

Q2: Can I apply for an ID card for a minor using the online application?
A2: Yes. A parent or guardian can use their own email account when completing the electronic application for minors if the minor does not have their own email account.

Q3: I am on summer vacation and can’t visit a DMV office to renew my license, is there an online option available?
A3: Yes, most people can renew their license or ID card through the DMV website by just filling out a simple application and paying the renewal fee. Check your most recent renewal notice to see if you’re qualified to renew online!

For more information or answers to questions not listed here, please visit www.dmv.ca.gov/online.

This article was released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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