DMV: Driver's License - Renewing - Military Personnel

Military Personnel Renewing their Connecticut Driver License


DONíT WAIT: You may renew your license as early as three months prior to your license expiration date.. You will not receive a permanent driver license or ID card while at a DMV or license partner 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.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are renewing your driver's license, you will have the option to verify your identity through the Real ID Program.  However, you may not verify your identity through the mail.  Customers who wish to have a verified license must do so in-person.   

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.

If you are in the active service of the armed forces of the United States of America and your home of record is Connecticut, you may renew your Connecticut Driver License for free. What to do: 

  • Complete a Request for a Connecticut Driver's License/Identifications Card by Mail (B-350) if located outside of Connecticut.   
  • In order to waive the renewal fee, submit an Application for Waiver of Operator's License Fee (form B-88).
  • Make sure you include your Connecticut resident address and an out of state mailing address and mail to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Central Issuance Operations Unit
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT  06161-5041

email to:

If you have not received your renewal notice in the mail, you may contact our Central Issuance Operations Unit at 860-263-5148. Please have your license number available when you call.

Military With Honorable Discharge

Once you receive an honorable discharge, you have 60 days after the date of discharge to renew your Connecticut driver license at no fee if its within renewal time.  This policy only applies to individuals who have been honorably discharged and are able to present documentation to prove this.  Military personnel with honorable discharge can also qualify for a one-time renewal fee waiver

Renewal of a Commercial Driver License or Public Service through the Mail

A Commercial Driver License or Public Service License must be done in person.  If you are unable to appear in person and are requesting a renewal, a voluntary downgrade form (P-147) must be completed. 

What to do: 

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

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