SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5/KCBS) — Months after California switched to new driver’s licenses, the Department of Motor Vehicles is still backlogged trying to issue the ID’s. CBS 5 has learned the DMV is changing the way its dealing with the delays.

It used to take a few weeks to receive a new driver’s license from the DMV. Now getting a new license can take as long as three months due to problems with new security features incorporated to prevent counterfeit licenses.

According to the DMV, around 250,000 Californians have not received their driver’s license on time since October. As a result, the DMV announced in a statement it would extend the paper temporary license drivers receive from 60 days to 90 days.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

According to the DMV Director George Valverde, the delays in the processing will not impact the legality of a person’s driving status. The DMV said temporary driver’s licenses are recognized by law enforcement agencies, federal agencies and car rental companies. They should also be acknowledged by businesses as legal and binding documents.

Drivers who have waited more then 6 weeks to get their new license, or have a temporary ID close to expiration, should contact DMV at

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Comments (4)
  1. Da Fish says:

    ONLY 3 MONTHS ????? Well ….. my bride’s birthday was in December …… and it’s almost March now ….. if I remember how do solve a word problem ……. I think that’s 3 months already. So unless “the check’s in the mail” (so to speak) …… let’s try for “4 months delay” …… or “5 months delay” ….. or ….. what the heak … about …… “I Exist ….. therefore II am ……. and thus I can drive” …… case solved !!!!!

  2. Heidi says:

    It’s been almost three months since I paid my renewal. Had to go in and get a temporary…Wondering though…will I be able to get on a flight with my expired card and paper temporary…anyone? The guy at the DMV office “wasn’t sure”

    1. Jim says:

      I have seen people get through TSA checks with the temporary paper license accompanied by expired ID.

  3. Nick says:

    Wow….4 months waiting time for just a piece of card with your name on it for which you (and I) paid all the costs well IN ADVANCE.
    I have a better idea…why don’t we put these people in charge of our health care system….oh wait….Obama already did!

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