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Driver’s license extension order comes with issues

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Governor Doug Ducey extended an executive order on Sept. 1 that allows for people over 65 years old to get a one-year extension on renewing their driver’s license. 

He had initially put a six-month extension order in place back in March. 

The new order defers requirements to renew standard driver licenses with expiration dates between March 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020. 

The deferral is good for one year from the original expiration date. 

Ducey initiated the order to minimize in-person visits to Arizona Motor Vehicle Division offices and help contain the spread of COVID-19. 

But it hasn’t come without challenges. 

Governor Doug Ducey has extended driver's license renewals for people 65-and-over for a year

The extension has been sent to the Problem Driver Pointer System and other government agencies like the Transportation Security Administration. 

If officers run a check on a driver’s license it will come up as being under the state extension. 

The expired license however is not being accepted by some third-party businesses. 

Tucson’s Carrie Abney tells News 4 Tucson she and her husband were denied on a home loan application and the ability to fill a medical prescription because her husband’s driver license was listed as expired. 

Arizonans cannot renew their licenses online due to the fact you need to get a new photo taken and pass a vision screening. 

You can, however, make an online request for a duplicate license that will have the extended one-year expiration date at

You can do this online using a computer or on any mobile device. 

If you do not have a cell phone to accept a text security code to verify your identity, ADOT will place an automated call to you with that security code at the phone number attached to your driver’s license account. 

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David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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