DMV: Driver's License - Renewals

Renewing a Driver's License

***HOLIDAY CLOSING:  On Friday, March 30, DMV offices will be closed for the Good Friday holiday.  Offices will reopen on Saturday, March 31, at 8 a.m.

***SERVICE UPDATE:  DMV has been notified by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that due to technical updates their system will not be available from Friday March 23rd, 2018 through Monday March 26th, 2018.  As DMV will be unable to verify legal presence during this outage all non US citizens and Naturalized citizens without a US passport will be unable to renew their CT license/ID or transfer an out of state license.  We recommend you visit your local DMV to renew on Thursday March 22, 2018 if your license will be expiring during this outage.  If you have a scheduled knowledge test on Friday or Saturday and registered as a non-US Citizen or Naturalized Citizen, DMV will be contacting you to reschedule your appointment.   The DHS system is expected to be in full operation on Tuesday March 27th.  We appreciate your patience during this time and regret any inconvenience this may cause.    

DONíT WAIT: Renew a week or more before your birthday. You will not receive a permanent driver license or ID card while at a DMV or AAA office.   It will arrive through the mail.  You will keep your expiring license/ID and receive a temporary paper card.  For more on this, please see Central Issuance. After visiting an office, you can track the delivery of your new card.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are renewing your driver's license 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 2020 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.

Commercial driver's license (CDL) holders can find renewal information here

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.

You may renew your license on or before your expiration date or as early as 180 days (six 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. Effective September 1, 2016, a convenience fee that must be paid separately to AAA will increase from $3 to $5. 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 3/21/2018 5:47:19 PM