While life looks different, many routine tasks continue—and that includes DMV services like smog checks, license renewals, and name changes. Since March, several deadlines have been extended in California, and many DMV services can now be accessed online. For those that do require an in-person visit, you can often skip the wait by visiting your local AAA branch instead. Here are some frequently asked questions and how AAA can help.
How do I get a REAL ID?
For REAL ID, you will need to visit a DMV field office in person, although you can start your application online on the DMV website and upload the required documentation (proof of your identity and any prior name changes, evidence of Social Security number, and two documents attesting to your home address). Your confirmation code serves as an entrance ticket for finalizing your application in person at your local DMV office. You’ll need to show the code when you arrive, so be sure to print it out or take a screenshot or a picture with your phone so you have it on hand.
How do I renew my license?
Earlier extensions granted to drivers age 69 and under have now expired, but for drivers age 70 and over, licenses expiring between March 1 and December 31, 2020, will remain valid for one year from the original expiration date. As of December 6, 2020, most drivers of any age now qualify for renewal online or by mail.
How do I renew my vehicle registration?
You can renew your vehicle registration at your local AAA branch or on the DMV website. Before you begin, be sure to have your license plate number, the last five digits of your vehicle identification number (VIN), a renewal notice confirming your current address, and your payment information.
Can I get another copy of my registration certificate or replacement stickers at AAA?
To obtain a duplicate registration card or replacement stickers, fill out the forms at your local AAA branch, or apply by mail or on the DMV website. Some replacements require a fee.