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Governor signs grace period for expired drivers licenses


Governor Mark Gordon has signed an executive order providing grace periods for expired drivers licenses and ID cards, according to a release sent on Tuesday afternoon.

Non-commercial driving tests have been suspended, but commercial driving tests will continue by appointment.

The full release follows:

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. –   Governor Mark Gordon has signed an Executive Order (EO) that provides a grace period for expired driver licenses and identification cards, suspends non-commercial driving tests and continues commercial driving tests by appointment. 

The goal of the EO is to help protect the public and the state workforce by limiting interaction with state employees and at governmental offices. Wyoming Department of Transportation officials are already implementing social distancing measures by limiting the number of people who can be in a Driver Services Office at one time.

“As a part of our overall efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus, and recognizing the importance of facilitating drivers license renewals and driving tests, I have issued this Executive Order to provide flexibility for Wyoming drivers during these challenging times,” Governor Gordon said.

Executive Order 2020-4 provides a 90-day grace period to those whose driver licenses and ID cards expire between March 15, 2020 through June 1, 2020. It also suspends non-commercial driving tests for 90 days. Commercial tests will continue at this time although applicants can expect the possibility of additional health-screening protocols at sites.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) will assess the situation on April 20, 2020 to make a determination if testing can resume on a full or limited basis, the Executive Order stated. 

“We are grateful to Governor Gordon for enacting this Executive Order that will help encourage social distancing in this coronavirus environment,” said WYDOT Director K. Luke Reiner. “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.”

Wyoming residents can learn more about the number of people allowed in a Driver Services Office at one time by visiting—covid-19.html

Executive Order (EO) 2020-4 may be viewed here

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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.