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Plan Ahead For Your Driver’s License Renewal

By now most of us have grown used to social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent handwashing. I try to keep a spare disposable mask in my pocket because, admittedly, I forget from time to time. There’s nothing worse than getting to the front door of a grocery store only to turn around and go back to your car to get your mask.

That being said, I was reminded of a new Covid “rules” adjustment this past week and I thought I would just send out a PSA for those that have yet to deal with this. Some states are experiencing a backlog in Driver’s License renewals. That’s right… if your license expires this year you can anticipate delays. As an employer, you may want to communicate to your workers – especially those who drive company vehicles – not to wait until the last minute to renew their license in their expiring month.

So how can you plan ahead?  One suggestion is to call the local tag agency and try to schedule an appointment. The pandemic has triggered a backlog among other things, and making an appointment ahead of time can confirm a spot in line as opposed to wasting the time to do a walk-up and being turned away.  Another suggestion for those who live in higher-populated metro areas is to find a tag agency in a rural part of your state that is within a reasonable driving distance. Finally, do some research. There may be an online option for you to do paperwork ahead of your appointment. 

One final piece of advice: go ahead and prepare yourself mentally that this may take more time than usual due to the pandemic. This is yet another adjustment in a long line of adjustments we all made this past year. 

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Glen Tolentino
Glen Tolentino
Glen has over 20 years of experience in the commercial insurance and risk management industry. He works with general contractors and other construction-oriented businesses, providing expertise in surety, risk management and insurance program design.

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