How to Renew Your California Drivers License
Need to renew your California drivers license? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide" containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.
3: Via a local DMV office
If you prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
California drivers have several options to renew their license. Read more below to see which method works best for you.
Drivers who wish to renew their California drivers license in person should follow these steps:
- Visit the California Drivers License Renewal Department at their local DMV Office. Drivers who call ahead for an appointment may expedite the process.
- Fill out a California Drivers License Renewal Application Form (DL44). Drivers renewing a Commercial License will need to fill out a different form (DL44C).
- Present originals documents. Alternatively, a driver can bring their California driver's license renewal notice that they have received in the mail.
- Drivers may also be required to complete one of the following tasks: provide a thumb print, have a new photo taken, or pass a vision test.
Drivers may renew a California drivers license by mail if:
- Their license expires in less than 60 days.
- They are under the age of 70 on the date of expiration.
- Their license is not currently suspended or probationary.
- They have not violated any court orders in the last two years, and have not been issued a renewal by mail in the last five years.
A driver who has not received a renewal notice should fill out the appropriate renewal form (DL410 F0). Upon completion of their renewal form, the driver will need to remit a $31 renewal fee to the California DMV.
Drivers who receive a renewal notice by mail with a renewal identification number (RIN) may renew their drivers license online if:
- They have secure Internet access
- Have had no changes in personal information
- Have a verified Social Security Number (SSN) in the DMV's records
- Have an active credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover)
Drivers seeking to perform a California drivers license renewal online can go to the California DMV website, locate the online services tab and select California drivers license renewal.
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