State opens motor vehicles offices - partially, by appointment

Eligible DMV credentials, such as driver's licenses, that expire between Aug. 1, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2020 are being granted a 90-day extension due to the coronavrius pandemic.

Eligible DMV credentials, such as driver’s licenses, that expire between Aug. 1, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2020 are being granted a 90-day extension due to the coronavrius pandemic.

Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

After a three-month shutdown for in-person transactions, the state Department of Motor Vehicles offices have partially reopened — by appointment only.

Gov Ned Lamont and Commissioner Sibongile Magubane were at the Waterbury DMV office to announce the reopening on Tuesday.

Click here for more information and to make an appointment or go to portal.ct.gov/DMV.

Testing for learner’s permits is being done at the Cheshire and Wethersfield locations on limited days and requires an appointment.

The shutdown for coronavirus tested the department’s ability to move transactions online, a longtime effort that had already gained speed.

The state delayed the renewal deadlines by 180 days for driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations expiring March 10 to June 30, and by 90 days for those documents expiring in July. But others, such as tests for new drivers and some tax transactions, have been slowed.