You must renew your driver’s license before its expiration date to retain your driving privileges. Similarly, you’re required to replace a driver’s license that has been lost, stolen, or damaged. Additionally, some states require you to report stolen licenses.
States issue driver’s licenses for two to eight years before residents are required to renew. Depending on where you live, you may have several options for renewing driving license. DMVs commonly allow residents to renew their license:
- In person
- By mail
However, you may need to meet additional requirements to renew your license outside of a DMV. For example, some states require you to visit a local office every other renewal, while others may limit by-mail applications to license holders who are temporarily out of state. Therefore, you should always check what driver and vehicle services that your state DMV offers.
Additionally, you should check what documents, if any, that your DMV requires for you to renew your license. For example, some state offices require you to provide proof of address if your address has changed.
Similarly, your state office will determine the methods you may use to replace your driver’s license. The often fastest way to receive a replacement driver’s license is by requesting a replacement online if your DMV allows it. If you apply online, you can typically receive your new license within a few days.
However, visiting your local office in person means that you will receive a temporary driver’s license while you await your new one. Remember, it is unlawful to drive without a valid license on your person. Replacing a driver’s license by mail is typically the most lengthy option, but it can be convenient.
In many cases, you may need to provide documents to support your renewal or replacement request. For example, you may need to provide proof of address or identity.
If your driver’s license is lost, stolen, or damaged, but it’s set to expire in a few months, considering renewing instead. Renewing your driver’s license instead of requesting a replacement will often save you money and save you an extra trip to your local office.
The cost to renew or replace your driver’s license and acceptable payment methods vary by state. However, you can contact your local office during DMV hours of operation to learn more about license fees. Additionally, you may also be able to find this information online on their website.