Governor Mark Gordon signed an executive order Tuesday providing a 90-day grace period to Wyomingites whose drivers licenses or identification cards expire between March 15 and June 1 while also suspending all non-commercial driving exams for 90 days.
The executive order, released by the governor’s office Tuesday evening, was passed in an effort to combat the virus’ spread and help protect the public and Wyoming’s state workers by limiting face-to-face interactions at governmental offices.
The administration of driver licensing presents multiple obstacles to assure appropriate social distancing, the executive order stated. Driving tests require people to share a confined space for an extended period and increase the risk of COVID-19 spread.
“We are grateful to Governor Gordon for enacting this executive order that will help encourage social distancing in this coronavirus environment,” WYDOT Director Luke Reiner said in a March 24 press release from the governor’s office.“This Executive Order will help alleviate public concerns over renewing their expired licenses and ID cards and it also makes provisions to help commercial drivers to get required testing.”
Commercial driver’s tests will still be offered statewide by appointment only through April 20. At that time, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) will determine if it’s safe for licensing and testing to resume at full capacity.
Executive Order (EO) 2020-4 is Governor Gordon’s third in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.