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How to Renew a Driver's License in California

A California Driver's License can be renewed either in person at any local DMV office in the State, online or by mail.

WHEN TO RENEW YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE

Your California driver's license expires every four years.

TO RENEW IN PERSON

You must bring:

  1. A filled in form DL 44 or DL44C in original, available at all locations or can be mailed on request by calling (800) 777-0133.
  2. Commercial driver license holders require to complete the 10 year history record check form (DL 939) if renewing in person. Commercial drivers also need to submit a medical Certificate Card (DL 51A).
  3. If your name has changed, documentation of the name change is required along with proof of a true name.
  4. Appropriate renewal fee, payable by cash, check or ATM card (credit cards are not accepted).

Additional Notes:

You will be required to give a thumb print, have a picture taken and pass the vision exam. If your renewal notice states that you must take a written test, then you must take the traffic laws and signs test as well. You can also schedule an appointment to speed up the process. You will receive an interim license valid for 60 days. The DMV will send your new one in the mail, failing to receive which within 60 days you can call DMV at (800) 777-0133.

TO RENEW VIA THE INTERNET

You may renew your driver license online only if you receive a renewal notice in the mail. You will require:
  1. A Renewal Identification Number as stated on the renewal notice.
  2. A verified Social Security number on file with the DMV.
  3. The same address as on the expired license.
  4. Have one of the acceptable credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) handy or an e-check.
Note: If you need to change your address, you will have to visit a DMV office.

TO RENEW BY MAIL

Renewal by mail is available only to residents who meet the following requirements:
  • Your license must not be expiring in the next 60 days.
  • You must be under the age of 70 upon the expiration date.
  • You must have no suspension or driving probation on your license.
  • You must not have violated a written order to appear in court in the last two years.
  • You should not have more than two consecutive five-year extensions on your license processed via mail.
  • You should not possess a driver's license from another state.
Prepare and/or complete:
  • Form DL 410 FQ (California Driver License Renewal by Mail Eligibility Information)
  • A check with the appropriate renewal fee.
Mail all the documents to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Renewal By Mail Unit
PO Box 942890
Sacramento, CA 94290-0001.    

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

Also, if you call in they can send you a temporary card. In the meantime if you do get pulled over and you have your expired license, the cop can run it through his or her system and it will show up if you have renewed the license - so no worries there.

For everyone posting about not receiving their license - I put in my renewal on November 12, 2010 and just received mine in the mail today. THey are SUPER backed up. Mines so out of date (I'm 5'9" but it says that im 5'2"), but im afraid to get the info corrected due to time issues.

I went in to renew my drivers license on november 17.. im a us citizen.. just changed my address.. still haven't gotten my new id in mail AND My interim driver license expired a month ago.. seriously california?

Sent in renewal form and check in November 2010; license expires on 16 January 2011. Check has been cashed but no license received. What do I do?

I GOT MY CDL RENEWAL. AND DID NOT RECIVE MY ONE. MISPLACED THE DMV PAPER THEY GAVE. WILL THEY GIVE ME NEW PIECE OF PAPER.

FOR MY NEW DCL? ANYONE CAN GIVE ME INFOR? PLEZ

dmv, i sent in my drivers license in over a month ago, still haven't receive my new DL through mail.. it expired last week...when are you gonna send it to me? The phone 1800 doesn't work..they tell me to wait over 30 mins and still can't get through. What is going on?

Same to mine. What's going on? Mine expired on 23rd on January. Pls give feedback.

Mine expired on Jan 24th. What am i pose to do ?PLS GIVE FEEDBK

I mailed my check for renewal of my drivers license and have to received it. Check went through in November of 2010....DOB is January...

same here. i hope the DMV would notified us!

Waiting for my renewed drivers licence.Check has cleared .

I'm assuming there have been many cut backs so I simly made a copy of the check and also have a copy of the renew early paper work in my car. In the event that I should be stopped by an officer he or she shoud be resonable .Maybe they would issue a fix it ticket..not sure

What the heck is going on with DMV? They cashed my check for my license renewal by mail and i have yet to get my driver's license which has expired over 2 weeks ago now. Sure would be nice if they would let you know the time frame in which it takes them to mail you your new license or at least some kind of email address where we could inquire. it's obviously an issue for many of us. if we get a ticket, we should pass them the bill.

I physically went to the DMV to get a new license because I had lost mine and they said it would be mailed to me. Its been a little over 2 weeks and it still hasn't come. How long should it take? Who should I be calling to make sure i get it?

I wish you luck...I have been waiting 3 months for mine, and on my third paper license.

NO Idiot wait until you get pull over by a cop then take action, ofcourse ask them again////////

If you call the 800# they cannot answer any of your questions and will tell you to call a 916# that is constantly busy, there's no queue system. Who has time to sit all day and push the redial button? I've been trying to get my license for 5 months now and have been to a DMV office twice.... This is so frustrating.

Same issue here. I'm going on 6 MONTHS now and still have not received my new license. I have called several times, and visited the local office to find that I still have no license. Love their 916 # that is nothing but a busy signal... If you happen to get a phone number that works please post it here, and I will do the same, as I'm again sitting on hold...

THEY SAID IT SHOULD BE HERE BY MARCH 21,11 WHAT IF I GET PULLED OVER BY

COP?

I submitted an online renewal application online in early December (at which point my credit card was charged and I received a confirmation email) and now over 6 weeks later nothing has arrived and my licenes expires on Friday. What are we supposed to do in this situation?

My license expired July 2010. I went to a DMV office beginning of August. After about 2 months had passed and I had not received it I called them to inquire about the status. They could not tell me why I had not received it yet and told me that something might have happened to the photo and advised me to go back. I did. This was last November. I'm still waiting. The 800 # is useless, all they can tell me is that it has been renewed and then refer me to a 916 number that is constantly busy. I don't know what to do anymore.

are you a citizen or resident?

how long should it take to get a license that has been renewed online???? mine has been two weeks already....

I submitted my renewal license through the mail on 10-14-2009 i filled out the forms and i sent a check. I have not received my renewal notice or even my license i would like to know why its taking so long? i need a response a.s.a.p.

sicerely,

anita marez

I am in the same situation. I renewed my license on 1/3/11 and filled out the proper forms and sent my check, which they have since cashed. Put I have yet to receive my renewed license. I guess the best thing to do is to go physically to a DMV office and see if I can get some help.

I'm checking to see if my renewal of my license has gone through. The check has cleared but I haven't received my license. If I get pulled over will I be in trouble dur to not having a current license.

i'm checking to see if my renewal of my license hasgone

through.the check has cleared but ihaven't received my license

if iget pulled over will i be in trouble dur to not having a corrent license

I renewed my license on 12/2/09. My check cleared. I have not received my new license nor have I any paper saying I renewed. How long does it take?

I did not receive my renewal notice in the mail. My license expires on 10-26-09. Do I need to go to the DMV or can I renew by email?

Same as all these people! iv'e sent my check over 6 weeks ago and have not recieved anything!!! My license is expired. Hope i dont get a Ticket!!!

i sent my renewal check and form last month, but there is no any comment from DMV. my driver license gonna be expire next week. can u sent my driver liencese ASAP? thanks

I sent in my check for renewal. This was in August, 2009. The check came back to me

stating that I needed to complete the application - what application?

I sent it back to the address given and I haven't heard a word from anyone from the DMV.

When can I expect to get my license? It expired on 9/29/09.

I need a response ASAP.!!!

I have been out of the country since about one year and was unable to present myself for license renewal last December. My license expired since it was already renewal two times by mail. What must I do to renew my license? I am returning in October. I have an auto and motorcycle license.

I sent in my renewal in the beiging of Aug. my check cleared and I have not recieved my License renewal yet. Please let me know what is going on with my license? Becauce it is now expired.

I did not receive my renew notice in the mail and my license expire on September 16, 2009. Do I need to come in and renew my license

Hello

I did not get my renewal in the mail my

license expired on 8-14 of August will i get my renewal

in the mail?

I did not recieve a

"Drivers Lisense Renewal"

for in mail and my lisense has expired on the 17th of August. Is it possible to do it online since im always busy with work?

I completed the renewal form to renew my license and I have not received my license yet! When should I expect my license? My license has expired now and I'm worried they may be lost in the mail or something. When can I expect my license to arrive?

I forgot to send in my renewal until 3 days before my birthdate. I put it in the mail with a check then found the place to renew online and also did that with a credit card. My main concern is getting the license before I have to travel and rent a car -- in 8 days! Is there a way to track status? Will the check get returned since I did it online?

I renewed via mail and it never showed up, and the old license is expired?

I have apply for my driver licence on the internet but i havent reciveded and my old one is allmost ready to expired what can i do.

I had received the renew notice and need to renew my driver license in person before this coming September. However; I am currently out of town at this moment due to my work reason. I may not be able to return on time. How do I apply for renew procedure postponement? Thank you.

My renewal fee has cleared my bank since June 26, 2009 but I still have not received my renewed liicense. Can you tell me the status?

I sent my renewal form in to renew my drivers license 3 weeks ago it is expired now and i still havent recieved my new one what do i do?

I sent in for my drivers license renewal on the first of May and still have not recieved it. I am driving on a expired license. What shall I do? Pamela Raders

i applied for my drivers license on may 5 still havnt recieved it please send it to me thank you

i need to know when my new license is coming i apply for it online

I no longer live or speak to my parents and my rewal goes to there home address and my license renewal is due in about a month and i wish to renew my license through the website how do i go about that

I wear monovision contacts, one eye is for distance other for close up. When worn together I see perfectly but with your eye test of close one eye and read chart I cannot read with the eye corrected for close up. Does DMV take this into account or how do I prove that my vision is fine as long as both eyes are used to drive with, since I dont know anybody who drives around with only one eye open.

Please send me a renewal notice to my e-mail address. I'm out of the country right now but my address is still the same

Thank you,

David B. Rubic

I renewed the DL via interent on 2-22-09 and received a tranaction confirmation in which it states to allow 10 days for processing. To this date, I have not received my new D.L. What should I do?

 

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