In response to the coronavirus the Benewah County DMV is temporarily closed.

To reduce the number of people visiting the DMV, the Idaho Transportation Department issued a 90-day extension on some credentials and encourages the use of their online services.

“People who have an extension they can do it online, mail it in or call with a credit card. The only problem with calling is people are getting a busy signal,” Benewah County Assessor Donna Spier said.

The extension applies to driver’s licenses and non-commercial registrations that expire between March 1 and May 31, 2020. Individuals will have until June 30, 2020 to renew.

“As each county office decides the best way to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, ITD is committed to providing remote services online, by mail, or over the phone,” said ITD’s Division of Motor Vehicle Administrator Alberto Gonzalez. “Much of the business the public needs to do with the DMV can be done through one of those methods. This balances the need to preserve public safety with the need for essential government services to keep people and products moving.”

“We are able to do provide pretty much all of our services via phone, email and drop box,” Ms. Spier said.

Services available online, through mail or over the phone include: driver’s license renewal, driver’s license and identification replacement, driver’s license reinstatement fees, purchasing a driving record, vehicle registration renewal, ordering personalized license plates, checking status of vehicle plates and titles, commercial vehicle oversize/overweight permits and commercial vehicle registration.

According to Ms. Spier the first time issuance of a Star Card and title work cannot be done online as those services have required in-person components.

“ITD is working on solutions,” Ms. Spier said. “Please be patient with us we are trying to find ways to provide all of the services.”

The Star Card travel mandate is still scheduled to go in effect Oct. 1, 2020.

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