Bill To Allow For Remote Renewal Of NC Drivers Licenses Moves To Senate

Last Updated on June 26, 2014 5:26 pm

A proposal to allow for easier ways to renew a North Carolina driver's license has moved onto the Senate after passing in the House this week.

The measure would allow for “remote renewal” options by mail, telephone, electronic device and possible other approved means.

To be eligible for remote renewal options a person would have to meet all of the following requirements:

The license holder possess a valid, unexpired Class C drivers license that was issued when the person was at least 18 years old, the license holder's current license includes no restrictions other than a restriction for corrective lenses, the license holder is a resident of North Carolina and currently resides at the address on the license to be renewed, the license holder's name has not changed, the most recent renewal was an in person renewal.

Remote renewal licenses would be valid for 4 years, and the same driver's license photo last used during an in person renewal would be used on the remote renewal.

When ask about vision test requirements Representative Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, tells via email that “other states such as VA, GA, and TN have an affidavit that the person signs to self-certify that there has been no change to their vision. These states have not seen an increase in accidents related to vision problems”.

The proposal passed its final reading on Wednesday by a vote of 112-1 and now moves to the Senate.

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