Secretary of State Shenna Bellows has announced the reinstatement of regular deadlines and requirements for renewals of licenses, state IDs and other credentials issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

All driver’s licenses, driver permits, State identification cards, commercial driver licenses, dealer licenses, salvage motor vehicle recycler licenses, driver/rider school licenses and instructor licenses that expired since the beginning of the state of civil emergency must now be renewed.

Gov. Janet Mills issued an order December 31 rescinding the March 23 order that extended the expiry of these credentials.

Additionally, driver license vision-screening requirements that were waived since last spring are once again in effect. Motorists who require a vision screening must visit a BMV branch office or provide documentation from their optometrist as part of their license renewal process. Vision screenings are required at license renewal for those ages 40 to 45, 52 to 57, and ages 62 and older.

Gov. Mills’ executive order also reinstates all registration requirements for vehicles and trailers after transfer of title or ownership.

The original executive order, implemented due to the pandemic-related closure of Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices in March, is no longer necessary, as all BMV branches have now reopened to the public for walk-in transactions.

Mainers can renew their credentials by visiting any BMV office during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. BMV phone lines open at 8:30 a.m. The public is advised to check the website or call prior to visiting, to ensure that they have all necessary documentation in hand. Alternatively, many motorists can complete their renewal transactions online, depending on their situation.

All BMV branch offices are complying with the state’s pandemic prevention measures, including providing personal protection equipment for BMV employees, installing physical barriers to maintain distance and implementing increased hygiene procedures such as wiping down surfaces.

All patrons will be asked to confirm upon arrival that they have not been exposed to COVID-19 and will be required to wear a face covering during their visit, to be removed only for license and ID card photographs.