Flynn: PennDOT to use existing photos for driver license and ID card renewals

LACKAWANNA, May 12 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will use existing photos on file for his constituents who renew their driver’s license and identification cards during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flynn and House Democratic legislators are credited with inspiring Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration to use existing photos instead of requiring residents to visit driver licensing centers at this time.

“The safety of all my constituents is my main priority during the COVID-19 crisis, so using their existing photos for renewals will help to limit the number of people who will need to visit our Lackawanna County photo license centers, and hopefully reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Flynn said.

Flynn said applicants who renew their driver’s license or photo ID card online or through the mail will receive a new card using the most recent photo on file. No camera cards will be issued to these customers. The card applicants are expected to receive their new product by mail in 15 days.

Constituents who renewed their cards on or before May 10 will receive a camera card in the mail and will need to visit a PennDOT Photo License Center to obtain an updated photo. In addition, non-U.S. citizens must also visit the driver’s license center in person to complete the transaction.

Non-commercial driver’s license and photo ID card holders may renew their application online by visiting Both non-commercial and commercial may renew by mail.

Flynn said a Pennsylvania driver’s license is valid for four years, expiring on the day after the driver’s birthday.

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