Sonora, CA asked in Business Law, Contracts, Gov & Administrative Law and Government Contracts for California

Q: Is a California ID card or Driver License valid through the expiration date or does validity end on the expiration date?

I previously asked a question with regard to government documents and their associated expiration dates, and asked if there was a standard for these (with respect to invalidation on or after date of expiration). My question was partially answerable (given the further context I had provided), and was partially answered, in that the responding person explained that our governments are not well organized, so expiration protocol is contingent upon the rules instantiated by specific agencies; the inference for this is expiration practice is not standardized in definition for all government documents for which expiration is applicable. Thank you for that answer. Hopefully this new question is specific enough for this specific topic.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, an ID card or driver's license is valid through the expiration date printed on the card. The document remains valid until the expiration date indicated, and it is generally accepted as a valid form of identification until that date. However, it's important to note that specific rules and practices may vary depending on the issuing agency and their policies. To obtain the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the expiration protocol for California ID cards or driver's licenses, it's recommended to consult official sources such as the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or contact their customer service for specific guidance.

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
  • Eagan, MN
  • Licensed in California

A: A California ID card or Driver License is valid through its expiration date. After that date, the person possesses an expired California ID card or Driver License. Upon renewal, paperwork will be issued the supplement the expired license until the new license arrives. Perhaps you could provide your specific situation, so attorneys don't have to guess which of the hundreds of state agencies you are dealing with.

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