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How to Renew a Driver's License in Alabama

An Alabama Driver's License can be renewed either in person at any local driver's license office in the State, or by mail.


  1. Your Alabama driver's license normally comes up for renewal every four years from the date of issue.
  2. You can renew your driver's license up to 60 days prior to date of expiration. Alabama also gives you a 60 day grace period after expiration to renew your license.


You must bring:
  1. Your expiring license.
  2. Acceptable proof of identity.
  3. Renewal fee is usually $23.
Once you apply for a renewal you will be issued a temporary license while your regular license is being processed. The regular driver's license will be mailed to you within 2 weeks of your application.


Renewal by mail is available to residents who happen to be temporarily out of state.
  • Download and complete the renewal form available online at the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
  • Mail it to the address given below along with a money order for $23, and required documents which should include the applicant's full name, date of birth, social security number and out-of-state address. Valid documentation stating the purpose of being out of state should also be provided.
    Driver License Division,
    P.O. Box 1471,
    Alabama 36102-1471    


Reviews of How to Renew a Driver's License in Alabama

I went to the driver's license office in Tuscaloosa and they send me back home without renew my ID because I didn't have with me my social security card...

I had all the three items listed in this webpage.

I spoke with Capt. Guy Rush regarding a renewal I mailed in March for a license not yet expired. I'm working on the Global Economic Crisis in Victoria BC, and they had an issue with my application so the bureaucrat mailed back everything I sent, including my payment. We resolved the issue on the phone, excepting payment, and now it appears I must either abandon my car in Canada or fly back to Alabama to get my license. Having to ask judges that I've worked with if they can help me is so embarrassing. And Capt. Rush said the mail renewal was a violation of Homeland Security Rules, but that they allowed it. One of the things they wanted from my was a letter on company letterhead. When you do work for governments, who would such a letter even come from? It isn't just military getting the short end. This is a huge problem for those of us that are jurists who work abroad for the US and other governments. When will Alabama get a high school education requirement for it's government workers?

Alabama really makes it hard for people that's in the military, and people that have to travel out of the state for their job. As far as people that in the military, when they are deployed they have no way to renew their license unless it could be done online. Alabama really needs to catch up with the rest of the states. We are not living in the stone age anymore.

I find it to be ludicrous that you can't even renew your driver's license online with all this new technology now. It was would cut down on traffic of people come in to the office to renew at the office and it will be a great help to those who don't have time to come in or who can't make it in to renew their license. Catch up alabama it's 2011!!

I agree with eve1477!!! I work on the road 11months out of the year but my physical address is and will be in the Alabama! Do i have to lose my job to renew my license even when i pay Alabama state taxes every year?!!! I have to have my license for my Job as well!!

Alabama is the only state that doesn't allow online renewal. i have a question in regards to renewing a driver's license for permanent resident in the u.s. we shouldn't have to pay for a newer green card. it was a permanent resident card for a reason. My parents paid all the taxes necessary to be eligible to reside in the u.s. if you think most of your driver's can't afford the insurance, you will have more driver's that will be illegally operating a motor vehicle for the fact that the renewal of a green card is so outrageous. you are crippling your own country.

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