How to renew your Texas Driver License, Motorcycle License or Identification Card

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Most driver licenses and identification cards can be renewed up to two years before and after the expiration date. You have several convenient options to renew your Texas driver license or identification card during this time, including:

  • Online
  • By Telephone
  • By Mail, or
  • In-person at your local driver license office

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The following categories have additional renewal requirements. Select below for more information:

Driver Licenses or ID Cards (expired for more than two years)

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Renewing Expired License

Driver licenses or ID cards that have been expired for more than two years cannot be renewed. If your driver license or ID card has been expired for more than two years, you must:

  1. Verify your eligibility to apply for a driver license by visiting our License Eligibility page
  2. Meet all of the requirements for a new ID card or driver license (including taking the knowledge and driving tests)
  3. Apply in person as a new applicant at a driver license office

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Driver Licenses or ID Cards (Drivers Age 79 or Older)

If you are 79 years of age or older and hold a driver license or ID card, you must renew in person at a driver license office. Visit the Drivers Age 79 or Older page for additional information.

Learner and Provisional Driver License (Under 18)

If you are under 18 years of age, you must renew in person at a driver license office. Complete the renewal application and bring one of the following*:

  1. Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form, (VOE requires a signature. A stamped or computer generated signature of the school official is acceptable), or
  2. High School Diploma, or
  3. Graduated Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  4. Most recent report card which includes attendance record (this may be accepted during the summer when school is not in session)

If you are upgrading a learner license to a provisional license, you must submit a certification of completion of driver education.

* A VOE is not required for renewal if you provided it to obtain your learner license.

For more information about these requirements, visit the teen drivers web page.

Limited Term Renewal
If you need to renew a limited term driver license or ID card, visit the Temporary Visitor web page.

Out-of-State Renewal
If you do not currently live in Texas but your true, permanent home (domicile) is in Texas, visit the out-of-state renewal web page.


Online or Telephone Renewal

The most convenient way to renew your Texas driver license, motorcycle license, or identification card is online or by telephone. You must meet the following requirements:

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  1. You renewed your driver license in person at a driver license office last time.
  2. You have a Class C, M, or CM driver license. You cannot renew a Class A, Class B or commercial driver license online.
  3. Your driver license either expires in less than two years, or has been expired for less than two years.
  4. You are at least 18 years of age and your driver license is not a provisional or learner license.
  5. You are younger than 79 years of age.
  6. Your vision and your physical and mental conditions have not changed in a way that affects your ability to drive safely since your last renewal.
  7. Your license is valid (not suspended or revoked), and you do not have any warrants or unpaid tickets. To verify your eligibility, visit our License Eligibility page.
  8. Your Social Security Number is already on file.
  9. You are a U.S. citizen.
  10. You have in your possession your most recently issued driver license, the audit number from the card, or answer security questions to verify your identity.

Texas Identification Card

  1. You renewed your ID card in person at a driver license office last time.
  2. Your ID card either expires in less than two years, or has been expired for less than two years.
  3. You are 18 years of age or older.
  4. Your Social Security Number is already on file.
  5. You are a U.S. citizen.
  6. You have in your possession your most recently issued driver license, the audit number from the card, or answer security questions to verify your identity.

If you meet the requirements for the card you are trying to renew, you must have the following to complete the renewal process: Cff sls twinssugars legacy stables.

Online
  1. Your current driver license or identification card (the one you are renewing)
  2. A printer or email address to print or email your temporary driver license and payment receipt, if you renew online. No temporary driver license or receipt will be issued when renewing by phone
  3. A valid credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express)
  4. The last four digits of your Social Security Number

Begin the online renewal process, or call 1-866-DL RENEW (1-866-357-3639) to renew by telephone. If you renew online, you will be provided with an opportunity to provide and/or update your emergency contact information.

Mail-in Renewal

If you received an invitation to renew by mail, you can also choose to renew online or by phone. See the section 'Online or Telephone Renewals' above. To renew by mail, please follow all of the instructions on the form.

In-Person at your local driver license office

You may use our interactive REAL ID Document Check Application to assist in preparing you for your Driver License Office Visit. Just follow the steps, and at the end, you will have a customized checklist of the documents to bring for your visit

If you are not eligible to renew online, by phone, or by mail, you will need to visit your local driver license office for assistance. You may download this checklist to assist you in determining which documents you may have that will meet these requirements, and visit our License Eligibility page to verify your driver license status. Once you have collected the required documents, you will need to do the following:

  1. Complete the renewal application before arriving at your local office (This form is also available at all driver license offices).
  2. Make an appointment at your local driver license office.
  3. Provide the following documentation to the license and permit specialist:
    1. Application for the renewal of a driver license
    2. U.S. Citizenship (regardless if you have previously presented this information) or, if you are not a U.S. Citizen, evidence of lawful presence
    3. Identity (Only one primary, secondary, or supporting document is required), and
    4. Social Security Number*
  4. Pass the vision exam.
  5. Provide your thumbprints.
  6. Have your picture taken.
  7. Pay the application fee.

*You will also be asked to confirm personal information, such as date-of-birth or Social Security Number. If the Social Security Number is not already part of the driver record, you must provide documents to verify your Social Security Number. (Documents verifying a Social Security Number are required for both a driver license and an ID.)

To enhance security, reduce the risk of identity theft or fraud, and protect the integrity of the issuance process, you will be required to verify your social security number (SSN), identity, and citizenship before we can renew your Texas DL or ID.

Address Confidentiality Program

For information on the Address Confidentiality Program, visit the Address Confidentiality Program page.

Moving to Texas

The following information applies to individuals who are transferring a valid out of state driver license and/or applying for a new Texas driver license/identification (ID) card. Select the following link for a complete list of requirements and more information on how to apply for a Texas driver license.

You may use our interactive REAL ID Document Check Application to assist in preparing you for your Driver License Office Visit. Just follow the steps, and at the end, you will have a customized checklist of the documents to bring for your visit.

Transferring an Out of State Driver License to Texas

New Texas residents can legally drive with a valid, unexpired driver license from another U.S. state, U.S. territory, Canadian province, or qualifying country for up to 90 days after moving to Texas.

Prior to the end of the 90 day grace period, a new Texas resident must apply for a Texas license in person at any driver license office to continue to drive legally. When applying for the new Texas license the individual must surrender any unexpired driver license in their possession from another U.S. state, U.S. territory or a Canadian province.

For more information on general reciprocal driving provisions, please review the Driving Privilege Reciprocity page.

Adults (18 and Older)
Applicants who have a valid, unexpired driver license from another U.S. state, U.S. territory, or from Canada must surrender their out of state/country driver license and are not required to take the knowledge or skills exams. Texas also has license issuance reciprocity with France, Germany, South Korea, and Taiwan only. Applicants who have a valid, unexpired driver license from one of these countries are not required to take the knowledge or skills exams if they surrender their out of country driver license. However, if the applicant does not wish to surrender their out of country driver license, they must take and pass all required exams. The reciprocity only applies to passenger vehicles, not commercial vehicles or motorcycles. Foreign licenses not in English or Spanish will need to have a translation service or their consulate translate the information on the driver license prior to arriving. This translation requirement also applies for marriage licenses.

Applicants who have a valid, unexpired learner license from another U.S. state or U.S. territory, or Canada, France, South Korea, Germany or Taiwan and are applying for a Texas learner license, do not have to take the knowledge exam. Upon advancing from a learner license to a driver license, individuals must complete the Impact Texas Driver course, pass the skills exam. Individuals under 25 years of age must also complete driver education.

Applicants who have a driver license from any country other than the U.S., Canada, France, South Korea, Germany or Taiwan must take and pass both the knowledge and skills exams. Select the following link for a complete list of requirements and more information on how to apply for a Texas driver license.

Over 18 moving to Texas will require proof of:

  • Identity (a valid out of state license can be used as a supporting document)
  • Residency
  • Citizenship or lawful presence
  • Social security number
  • Evidence of Texas Vehicle Registration* for each vehicle you own. Registration must be current. Visit Texas DMV vehicle registration for more information. (New Residents who are surrendering an out-of-state driver license only)
  • Proof of Insurance* for each vehicle you own

*If you do not own a vehicle, you will sign a statement affirming this.

Skills and knowledge exams are waived for applicants 18 and older that hold a valid out of state driver license, as are the ITD and adult driver education requirements.

Minors (Under 18)
Applicants under 18 who have a valid driver license or valid learner license from another U.S. state, U.S. territory or Canadian province do not have to take the knowledge exam. Applicants who surrender a valid license/permit from another state will be issued the equivalent Texas version of the document surrendered (i.e. A Texas learner license for another state's learner license).

Applicants under 18 from a country other than the U.S. or Canada are required to take and pass the knowledge exam. This includes France, South Korea, Germany and Taiwan because the reciprocity agreement with these countries does not apply to minors.

Note: Texas law requires that anyone issued a Texas learner license must hold that license for at least six (6) months or until he/she is 18 years of age, whichever is earlier. If a learner license/permit is exchanged for a Texas learner license, it must be held for 6 months. No credit is given for prior months the applicant held their permit from another state.

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All applicants under 18 must take the skills exam even if they hold a valid driver license from another state or country.

For more information on driver licenses issued to Teen drivers, visit How to apply for a Texas Driver License as a Teen.

Active Duty and Recently Discharged Military
U.S. military personnel on active duty or individuals recently discharged with an expired driver license from another state may be exempt from the skills exam and knowledge exams.

To qualify for the exemption, applicants:

  1. Must present a valid military ID, and
  2. Provide proof that the state which issued the driver license has a military extension policy for which the individual qualifies. (The individual must contact the issuing state for correct documents). Visit our webpage on How to apply for a Driver License for a complete list of requirements and more information on how to apply for a Texas driver license.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Applicants who are a member of a force or civilian component of a NATO country and present orders validating their status are exempt from the knowledge and skills exams for the same or lower class of license.

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Obtaining a Texas Identification (ID) card

New Texas residents who want to apply for a Texas ID card must meet all of the requirements for a Texas ID card, including proof of Texas residency and identification requirements. Select the following link for a complete list of requirements and more information on how to apply for a Texas identification card.

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