Automatic Extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

    Posted by MAIA on May 6, 2019

    Registry News


    The federal government has advised the RMV that individuals from several countries have had their lawful presence in the United States automatically extended because they were given temporary protected status (TPS).

    Due to the nature of the extension, a new lawful presence document, such as a new Employment Authorization Card, may not be issued.

    TPS recipients presenting expired proof of lawful presence will not be turned away due to the expiration date on their lawful presence document, such as their Employment Authorization Card, I-94, or Notice of Action.

    This update is specifically for the following countries and the auto extension is valid until January 2, 2020:




    El Salvador


    What is Temporary Protected Status or TPS?

    The United States Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely or, in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. Currently, a total of 10 countries are designated for TPS.

    Recognizing Customers with Auto-Extended TPS

    TPS beneficiaries from the following countries have had their TPS status and/or documents auto-extended. Due to the expiration on their current documents, we anticipate seeing customers from these countries presenting expired documents over the next few months.

    • Sudan
    • Nicaragua
    • Haiti
    • El Salvador

    These are the three most likely lawful presence documents TPS recipients may present:

    • Employment Authorization Card (EAD)
    • I-94
    • I-797, Notice of Action (Approval Notice)


    For additional Registry of Motor Vehicle questions, please contact MAIA Member Relations Advocate Kathy Cormier at or 800-742-6363. 

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