DPS apologizes for erroneous driver’s licenses

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THE Bureau of Motor Vehicles last week issued CNMI driver’s licenses that will expire after a year instead of the usual three years.

On Monday, Department of Public Safety spokesman Adrian Pangelinan said BMV noticed an error during the printing process of some recently issued driver's licenses.

“A newly printed driver's license typically expires within the term of three years; however, an inadvertent error had allowed some driver licenses to print with a one-year expiration date.”

He said DPS “would like to apologize for the inconvenience and is assuring license holders that a new license will be printed at no extra charge, with the corrected three-year expiration date.”

DPS said the error applied to licenses issued to contract workers and U.S. citizens/local residents.

“If you notice an error on your license, please visit the BMV during operational hours for a reprint,” Pangelinan added.

He said affected individuals must provide all supporting documents when reapplying for a driver’s license or for a reprint.

When applying for a REAL-ID compliant driver’s license, the required supporting documents include:

  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Original Social Security card
  • Two documents with a proof of address (which can be obtained from a car registration, and insurance card or statement, utility bill, cellular or phone bill, lease agreement, bank statement, etc.)

When applying for a regular driver’s license that is not REAL-ID compliant, the required supporting documents include:

  • Passport (U.S. or foreign)
  • Document with current immigration status
  • Your expired driver’s license

Pangelinan said at this time BMV is still processing the documents of those whose driver’s licenses and vehicle/watercraft registration expired in March or earlier.

Those whose registrations have expired beginning April 1, 2020 are asked to await an official announcement when BMV may process.

The bureau is open Monday to Friday with the following schedules:

  • 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. — document drop-off for vehicle and/or watercraft registration renewal
  • 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. — walk-in for driver’s license renewal
  • 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. — updated document(s) pickup.

BMV said it will accept incoming documents and will process these documents for next-day pick-up.

To prevent the machines from overheating and to prevent premature machine failure the BMV office will be processing a maximum of 50 driver’s license prints per day.

For more information, call BMV at 664-9066.


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