DMV: Driver's License - Renewals

Renewing a Driver's License

Holiday Closing:  On Thursday, November 22, DMV offices will be closed to observe the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  Offices will reopen on Friday, November 23, at 7:45 a.m. 

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 office, AAA location, Milford Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union or West Haven City Hall.   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 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, AAA location, Milford Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union or West Haven City Hall.  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 locations, Milford Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union and West Haven City Hall cannot renew a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or licenses with a public passenger endorsement. 

  • If you visit a AAA location, Milford Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union or West Haven City Hall 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. Beginning July 1, 2018, these offices may charge a convenience fee up to $8.00 per DMV transaction.

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 6/29/2018 3:53:40 PM