Maryland Offers Online Driver’s License Renewals

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — Maryland residents in their 20s or 30s may now be eligible to renew driver’s licenses online or at self-service kiosks.

The Motor Vehicle Administration said Monday it is implementing the first of two phases for a new process to streamline driver’s license renewals. The new service uses the most recent photograph of the driver and will require an office visit on the next renewal to update the image.

The first phase is for drivers aged 21 to 39 because drivers under 40 are exempt from the state’s vision screening requirement. The second phase will accommodate the vision test for driver’s license holders who are 40 or older. It will be implemented later.

Renewal licenses are initially valid for five years. They will eventually be lengthened for up to eight years.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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