As Delaware continues to reopen businesses as COVID-19 vaccinations rise, there’s one more sign of normalcy: The DMV is returning to normal operations July 13.
That’s the same date that Gov. John Carney’s State of Emergency order is slated to expire, dropping masking and social distancing mandates statewide. those who are not vaccinated to continue to wear masks.
The state also has reached a 70.5% vaccination rate, meaning that percentage of those eligible for vaccines have had at least one dose.
The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles Thursday announcement follows theaters and music venues announced indoor concerts for the first time in 16 months.
Masking at the DMV will follow Centers for Disease Control guidance, asking those who are not vaccinated to continue to wear masks and social distance.
The full reopening means changes for drivers.
Drive license/vehicle registration suspensions for bad checks will return, along with uninsured motorist costumer notifications for any outstanding balance owed to the DMV.
Class D road tests and counter eye exams will resume. Specific guidance has been put in place from the DPH to protect both customers sand staff. The DMV asks that costumers follow all instructions received from DMV staff when using these services.
The final change coming to the DMV is the that late fees for expired state credentials and vehicle transactions will be assessed starting on Aug 2.
One pandemic-inspired that that will continue is that select DMV transactions, such state issued credentials and vehicle registrations can be completed through the DMV website or by using the self-serve kiosks at Delaware DMV locations.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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