DMV: Driver's License - Renewals

Renewing a Driver's License

Holiday Schedule: DMV customer service centers will close for the Memorial Day holiday on Friday, May 27 at 12:30 p.m. and reopen Tuesday, May 31 at 7:45 a.m.  
All AAA offices will be open to process renewals for driver licenses and non-driver ID cards during their normal business hours on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28.  AAA offices will be closed on Monday, May 30.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are renewing your driver's license ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 3, 2011, you will have the option to verify your identity through the Real ID Program.  People verifying will get a gold star on the license.  Those declining will have one stamped "Not for Federal Identification."  The difference could be extra screening under a proposed federal program slated to go into effect in 2017 for airports and federal buildings and also use for possible commercial transactions.  For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions about the Real ID Program.

The Department of Motor Vehicles has increased the duration of operator license renewals from four to six years. The fee for a six year renewal costs $72.

See acceptable forms of payment.

Individuals 65 years of age or older have the option of renewing their operator license for two years.

NOTE:  A $25 late fee will be charged for the renewal of an expired driver's license.

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holders:  Must provide at the time of renewal a printed confirmation notice of self-certification with DMV. Applicants must self-certify through the DMV website and print confirmation notice.  Must have current, legible, unexpired medical certification on file with the DMV prior to renewal.  Please fax your current medical card to: (860)-263-5568.

You may renew your license on or before your expiration date or as early as 120 days (four months) prior to your license expiring.

License renewals must be processed in person at your local DMV office or AAA location.  Bring your current license (which must be presented) and the renewal application form that you received in the mail (if available).

If you do not have your current license, you must present one form of acceptable identification from list of acceptable forms of identification .  If DMV does not have your image on file, you will be required to present two forms of identification from the acceptable forms of identification list. 

AAA offices cannot renew a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or licenses with a public passenger endorsement.  AAA cannot process renewals requiring a gender change.

  • If you visit a AAA office to renew your driver's license or ID card, acceptable forms of payment are: cash, money orders, personal checks and bank checks.  MasterCard, Visa, Discover and most debit cards with MasterCard/Visa logo. Please make all checks payable to DMV. AAA has authority to charge a $3 convenience fee for DMV transactions.  The fee is payable to AAA. 

If your driver's license has been expired two or more years, you will be required to complete all testing requirements again. Please see Obtaining a License for the First Time for detailed information regarding testing.

If your license is suspended here or in any other state, your license will not be renewed until your license privilege is restored.  See how to resolve a license suspension.

If you are out of state/country or are incarcerated and need to renew your license, please see Requirements to Obtain a License Through the Mail for more information.

Content Last Modified on 7/29/2015 11:56:10 AM