Kansas City Residents Can Wait to Renew Missouri Drivers License and Vehicle Registration

If you need to renew a Missouri drivers license or renew your motor vehicle registration, you now have additional time to do so as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the risks of COVID-19 infection in Missouri. According to a recent news release from the Missouri Department of Revenue, not only have tax filing deadlines been extended due to the COVID-19 emergency, but residents of Kansas City, Missouri and other areas of the state will have more time to renew Missouri drivers licenses without any sort of penalty. Anyone who has a driver’s license that expired between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 will have an additional 60 days to renew. Similarly, anyone whose motor vehicle registration expired in March 2020 or April 2020 will have an additional 60 days to get those registrations completed without having to worry about a penalty.  

However, after those extensions expire, drivers and vehicle owners in Kansas City, MO will need to be aware of potential penalties. In addition, driver’s licenses that are more than 184 days expire are ineligible for the extension. I want to tell you more about options for waiting to renew your license.

Extension to Renew Missouri Drivers License

If you currently have a valid driver’s license in the state of Missouri but it expired between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020, you may still have some time to renew your license before facing any sort of penalty or other consequences. Valid Class A, B, C, E, F, and M driver’s licenses, as well as nondriver licenses and noncommercial instruction permits, will all have a 60-day automatic extension if they expire between the dates listed above. In other words, if you are currently driving on a license that expired fewer than 60 days ago between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020, your license is still good.

However, you should not anticipate that personal driving records held by the Department of Revenue will reflect the extension. Accordingly, you determine on your own how long your license will remain valid, and then you should take steps for renewal. The latest possible extension will be for licenses that expired April 30, 2020, which will have an automatic extension until June 30, 2020.

Even if you have an extension and you are required to complete a retesting requirement or a medical review program requirement, the extension does not waive that requirement. If you need to undertake additional testing due to a medical review program requirement, however, you may be eligible for an additional 60-day extension.

Motor Vehicle Registration Extension

Similar driver’s license renewal extensions, motor vehicle registrations in Missouri that expired in March or April 2020 have an automatic two-month extension. This extension includes a 60-day extension for vehicle safety and emission inspection requirements.

 If you are late with your registration and have been assessed a penalty, or if you need an additional extension, you will need to go to a license office.

Renew Missouri Drivers License

Contact an Experienced Kansas City Traffic Lawyer

If you have been penalized for a traffic violation or another type of driving infraction in Kansas City, an experienced Kansas City traffic lawyer can assist you. Contact​ Aimee the Attorney to learn more about how our firm can help with your case.

Aimee Gromowsky

Aimee Gromowsky is formerly an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County and currently a private practice lawyer. Ms. Gromowsky handles thousands of cases in Kansas City, Missouri area courts and was honored with a “Best in Bar” award in 2007 and 2008 from the Kansas City Business Journal. As a Kansas City traffic lawyer, Aimee is determined to represent you in your case by providing exceptional legal counsel and service.