San Juan – The Secretary of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP), Carlos Contreras Aponte, reported on Monday that expired driver’s licenses since June 2020 are fully valid to vote tomorrow in the general elections, as established by the Electoral Law for registered persons and that they do not have their electoral card at hand.
As explained in a written communication, “the Electoral Code of Puerto Rico of 2020 establishes as valid identification to vote, as long as the voter is registered in the electoral registry, the valid driver’s license, issued by the Department of Transportation and Public Works, both regular and Real ID format. This makes it easier for voters to exercise their right to vote without problems, if they do not have with them the electoral card issued by the State Elections Commission ”.
“However, some voters whose driver’s licenses recently expired, and who have not been able to renew them due to the limitations and challenges that the measures to face the COVID-19 pandemic have represented, have expressed concern that they cannot use it as identification. valid to vote tomorrow. Therefore, it is necessary to clarify that all driver’s licenses expired in June, July, August, September, October and November of this year are valid to vote tomorrow, “he added.
On October 15, Contreras Aponte approved Resolution Number 2020-26, still in force, and which, among other provisions, establishes that “all categories of driver’s licenses and identification cards whose original expiration date corresponds to the months of June, July, August, September, October, November and December 2020, will have an automatic extension of six (6) months from their original expiration date ”.