CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One possible side benefit of legislation to extend driver's license renewal cycles, discussed Wednesday in Senate Finance Committee: Drivers could use the same identification photo for up to 16 years.
"So, we could look younger a little while longer," commented Sen. Bill Laird, D-Fayette, regarding SB431.
Requested by the Division of Motor Vehicles, the bill would extend renewal cycles for driver's licenses from the current five years to eight years.
It would also authorize the DMV commissioner to develop an Internet web-based renewal process.
Commissioner Steve Dale said drivers could renew their licenses once via the website, allowing a driver to go up to 16 years using the same identification photo.
"We think this is going to be a real opportunity to save our customers time," Dale said of the eight-year and Internet renewals.
"The advantage to the DMV is it's going to reduce our processing costs in any given year," he said.
Currently, about 270,000 drivers have to visit DMV offices to renew their licenses each year, Dale said.