License extensions for military and foreign service members, those facing hardship doubled with new law

dmv virginiaSome license holders can now apply to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for driver’s license extensions of up to six years.

Military and foreign service members serving outside Virginia and government contractors working outside the United States can apply for up to six years. Others with just cause or hardship may apply for up to two years.

Prior to July 1, these extensions were valid for up to three years and one year, respectively.

“We understand the challenges our military, foreign service and government contractor customers face with deployments and assignments that keep them moving,” said DMV Acting Commissioner Linda Ford. “Equally, we know that things like long-term medical treatment or caring for a loved one in another state can create challenges for each of us. We are delighted to be able to work with customers in these situations to further extend driver’s licenses, giving them one less thing to worry about.

The change stems from HB 540, introduced by Delegate Danica Roem (D – Prince William), adopted by the General Assembly in the 2022 session. It was signed into law by Governor Glenn Youngkin.

In all cases, customers must complete an application process and provide supporting documentation in order to qualify for a driver’s license extension.

Currently extended customers can apply for the newly enacted extensions, up to the six and two year limits, through the same application process they originally followed.

Customers who need information about Difficulty Extensions can visit

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