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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.


Your California driver's license expires every four years.


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.


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.


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.


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

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I'm past my renewal date and would like to make an appointment at the victorville department to take care of this matter

I am trying to retrieve information on replacing a lost driver's license and when I click on the How to Replace a Lost License, it on takes to me further links on replacing motorcycle and/or commercial driver's license. I am only seeking information on a regular Class C license.



I have mode from my old address, and I need to renew my Driver'S License.


please send me a renewal notice to my new address. i have moved from 32170 Pueblo Trail, Cathedral City, CA 92234 to my new address which is:

21822 Grace Avenue

Carson, CA 90745.

kindly advise also how much is the renewal fee. i just can't get it here online as my computer hangs up when i get to the point of getting the renewal fee.

i appreciate your prompt reply. Thank you very much.

I have not received the renewal application yet. I have moved and probably didn't change my address. It may have gone to another address. My current name and address is:

Sharon Chiurazzi

9676 Anton Oaks Way

Elk Grove, CA 95624

CA DL: N6122254

Please advise. Thank you.

Please send me the renewal information in the mail or to my email address. My birthday is 3/3/1939 and I haven't received notification.

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About one month I sent the payment to DMV Today is my birthday I didn't see the new I.D please sent the message to me emil adress let me knows thank you very much for your concern.

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