How to renew VI driver's license
What is the process to renew a VI driver's license? What documentation is required to renew Vs obtaining a license for the first time? This is our first renewal. Could call out there but ya'll know how effective that can be. Thanks for your help.
Whenever you go to BMV it's always wise to bring multiple forms of ID (passport, voters registration card, social security card, etc.) that way whatever they has for you can produce it.
To renew a license you go to Window #1 and fill out a form & bring it back to window #1 & they will tell you what you need to do next. Just be sure to do it BEFORE yours expires or it's a whole new ballgame!
I've renewed a couple of times and the last time they had a whole new list of documents they required for a renewal. Be sure you have your passport and your original social security card along. It's ridiculous they'd need either for a renewal as they already verified your identity when you got your first license, but I had to make a second trip back to get my new license. Cash or VISA is needed to pay for the renewal as they do not take checks.
They give you a one month grace period after your license expires. Mine expired shortly after my ex husband died in the plane crash 15 months ago and I only realized it was expired when I was on the mainland needing to rent a car while up there for his funeral. Not a pretty moment! When I got back to STX, I fully expected to have a nightmare experience getting it renewed since it was expired for a couple weeks by then, but they shocked me with the 30 day grace period. I forgave them for making me go home to get my passport and SS Card since I was so relieved I didn't have to re-take the full test, etc. to get my license back. Island time actually works in your favor if your license expires while your thoughts are busy elsewhere.
I've renewed a couple of times and the last time they had a whole new list of documents they required for a renewal. Be sure you have your passport and your original social security card along.
I have heard this, too. Same docs you needed to get it the first time. If you don't have a passport (which you should), you can use an original copy of your birth certificate. Or maybe that's in lieu of the SS card. There's a black market in stolen IDs. I typically carry a passport and my SS card, so it's not a big deal for me, but word to the wise for those who do not regularly carry these documents.
I recently spoke with BMV in stx, as mine renews soon, and I also had heard the rules had changed. They told me original copy of birth cert and SS card. I pointed out that BC would not match as I use my married name, and she said "of course it won't match"...I remember when registering to vote in stx the first time, years ago, I had to either bring my marriage cert to show name change, or register in maiden name even though none of the other id would match.....but she said no issue now at mv...Also said you only have the month in which the license expires to renew...5 years ago I renewed 2 1/2 months late, with no issue, so seems lots has changed. Naturally no info re any of this on the official web site.
I very recently had ALL my ID stolen, license, SS card, certified birth certificate and passport. (Yes very stupid of me to have been carrying it all with me and I should have known better)
I had just renewed by stateside license to a VI license in July, 2010. I called BMV and asked what I was going to need and was told a birth certificate and SS card. When I told her that was all stolen she said I could use a pay stub or tax forms anything with my social on it. I am now waiting for my BC from the states. In the meantime I am walking around with no ID whatsoever.
Friend of mine who's license expires this coming Sunday went down this week to renew and was told he had to have his passport with him.
hopefully the process is easier than when I first got a VI license...I made it my summer's quest one year...and it probably took more than a month from start to finish, plus over $100 in costs before I was done! Last time the renewal was complete in less than 20 minutes...I guess I'll see what happens this time.
Not everyone HAS a passport, so obviously that info was incorrect. You gotta love it....just depends who answers the phone or what kind of day they are having.
No, it's that you can use a passport IN LIEU OF an original copy of your birth certificate. Everyone can get one or the other. And, apparently, now you HAVE to.
Thanks Iris. That makes sense, and I understood what you were saying. I was refering to vihealth's post about his/her friend. I would, however, suggest to everyone that you take your birth certificate even if you also take a passport. When it comes to government offices needing certain documents, it's always a good idea to be an over achiever.
If you don't have a passport, then you need the original certified birth certificate PLUS some other government issued photo ID. PLUS the original social security card (even though it's illegal and a federal offense for any of the utilities, etc to ask to see this due to identity theft concerns -- but they all require it anyway). And they may ask for more things you don't have and can't get if your ID has been stolen. I had much of my ID stolen at one point, too, and it was a major pain working through how to get things back one at a time and in an order that it was possible.
One other thing they now require for a new license is an official copy of your "driving record" from the state that your last licence was valid.
You have to get in touch with that state and have a your driving record sent to you.
Some states charge for it, some don't. Along with all the other mentioned documents you need your driving record as well !
Something new they added over a year ago.