- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2021

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut residents can now renew their driver’s licenses and non-driver ID cards online, avoiding an in-person visit to a Department of Motor Vehicles branch or a participating AAA office.

DMV began offering its new online renewal program to residents whose licenses or ID cards expired within the past 45 days as part of a “soft-launch” of the initiative. Officials said 20,000 individuals have already renewed their licenses online.

For now, eligible residents will receive an invitation electronically or by mail to complete their transaction online and make an electronic payment using a credit or debit card. After the transaction is completed, the license or non-driver ID should be received by mail within 20 days. Current rules allow license and ID photos to remain unchanged for eight years.

DMV customers will also be able to register to vote, change their political party affiliation and sign up for the organ and tissue donor registry during the transaction.

“If today you can sit at your kitchen table with your mobile phone and order anything from Amazon in a simple way, it’s not too much to ask from our government to respond in a similar way,” said Deputy DMV Commissioner Tony Guerrera. “And today we can say that we really made historic and significant directional change for the convenience, the reliability and accurate transactions for Connecticut consumers.”

Beginning Feb. 15, the DMV will also allow people to change their addresses online. The agency, which has made a push to modernize its functions and move more services to its website, recently allowed certain commercial driver’s license-related transactions to be conducted online.

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