RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Certain people can now get a driver’s license extension for up to six years.

According to a release, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles says military and foreign service members who are serving outside of the Commonwealth and government contractors working outside of the United States can take advantage of this under a law that went into effect on July 1.

Additionally, those who show “good cause” for an extension could get the validity of their driver’s license extended by up to two years.

Before this year, such extensions were valid for three years or one year, respectively.

“We understand the challenges faced by our military, foreign service, and government contractor customers with deployments and assignments keeping them on the move,” said Acting DMV Commissioner Linda Ford. “Similarly, we know that things like long-term medical treatment or caring for a loved one in another state can create hardships for any of us. We’re pleased to be able to work with customers in these situations to further extend driver’s licenses, giving them one less thing to worry about.”

The release says customers will need to complete an application process and provide necessary supporting documentation in order to qualify for these extensions in all cases.

People who currently hold extended driver’s licenses can apply for the newly enacted extensions through the same process.

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