To be eligible you must:
• Hold a valid driver’s license to legally get behind the wheel of a car
• Have proof of financial responsibility. (Insurance is usually the easiest option)
• Renew your license within 60 days from the day it expires.
Renewing Valid and Expired Licenses
There are three options for renewing valid and expired licenses:
• In person
• By mail
Note: The police could cite you if you’re caught driving with an expired license even though the DMV won’t charge you additional late fees. To determine whether your license is expired, check the date on your driver’s license or your driving record. Drivers Licenses must be renewed every four years. Check your driving record if you are not certain whether your license is valid.
To renew in person you must:
• Fill out DL-44.
• Give a thumbprint, have your picture taken, and take a vision exam.
• Have your current driver’s license and renewal fee of $31
• Some renewal applicants will also be required to take a short written exam (Refer to your notice)
To renew by mail:
• You must have renewed by mail twice in a row.
• You will be 69 years old or younger when your current license expires.
• Your license expires in 60 days or less.
• You are not currently under a driving probation or suspension.
Requirements for renewing by mail:
• Obtain a renewal notice by mail to send along with a payment of $31.
• Qualify to renew using the DMV’s California Driver License Renewal by Mail Eligibility Information form. (If you haven’t received notice to renew by mail)
• Mail the notice (or form) and fee to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Renewal by Mail Unit
P.O. Box 942890
Sacramento, CA 94290-0001
To Renew Online, you must have:
• Your Renewal Identification Number (RIN)
• Your renewal notice complete
To process the renewal of a valid or expired license online, make sure:
• The DMV has your current address on record.
• The DMV has your Social Security number on record.
• That you have your driver’s license number available.
• That you are the person named on the renewal notice
• Have a check with your bank routing number and account number (business checks, credit card checks and deposit slips are not acceptable via e-Checking)
• Have your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card ready
• Visit the CA DMV page titled Driver License Internet Renewal.
Note: The renewal fee is $31
How to Renew Suspended Licenses
Check your Driving Record to determine whether your license is suspended.
To reinstate your license:
• You must pay a reissue fee (usually $100 to $125)
• Show proof you have car insurance.
How to Renew Lost Licenses
Refer to our Lost License section
• Follow the renewal notice you receive in the mail to find out whether you should renew online, in person or by mail.
• Call (800) 777-0133 if you didn’t receive any notice yet you are nearing the expiration date on your license.
• Make sure the DMV has your current address (Updating your address online disallows you from using the online license renewal option)
• Seniors may be required to renew in person and retake a written exam. (To save time make an appointment with your nearest DMV
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