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How to Renew a Driver's License in North Carolina

A North Carolina Driver's License can be renewed in person at a Driver's License office located near you.

WHEN TO RENEW YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE

  1. Your North Carolina driver's license will generally expire on your birthday. The expiration year depends on your age when the expiring license was issued or renewed. (An eight year license is issued to people between ages 18-53 and a five year license to those over 54 years).
  2. The NC Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will send you a renewal notice 60 days prior to the expiration date.

TO RENEW IN PERSON

You must bring the following to a DMV office near you:

  1. Your expiring license or two identity documents if the expiring license is not available.
  2. Your Social Security Number.
  3. Renewal fee depending on type of license (usually $4 per year but could vary depending on validity).

You need to take a vision test and a test to check your familiarity with the traffic rule and signs. A road test may be required if the Examiner feels it is warranted.

Note: Renewal by mail is permitted in some cases if you are a North Carolina resident temporarily out of state for over a period of 30 days, or if your spouse or you are on active military duty.

For more information contact a DMV office or write to:

Division of Motor Vehicles

3148 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-3148

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Reviews of How to Renew a Driver's License in North Carolina

My wife and I live in NC and got our drivers license in 2009. I also have my motorcycle license. My license expires on 1 March 2014. We are snowbirds and go to Florida in September and come back to NC in April. My license will expire while we're there. How do I renew it early?

I would like an answer to the above question. Thank you.

My wallet was stolen this past weekend. I work on a local militay base here in North Carolina that requires a photo ID to be allowed passage through the checkpoint. I also have scheduled a trip for the weekend down to myrtle beach that will require photo ID for check in. But this great state has made it impossable to get photo Identification with out a waiting period of 20 days. This is insane!! They issue a temp driving document that cannot be used as identification. WTF? This is why our state is in trouble. Our leaders and their great ideas.

If you have an expired permit for over a year can you jus go and get your liscense when your ready

I received my NC driver's license in 2006. I am between the ages of 18-53, as was I when I moved here. The NC DMV website states a license is valid for 8 years if you fall within the age boundaries stated above. So why, 5 1/2 years later, am I being required to renew?

Why is it that my renewal is now less than 8 years? I have an excellent driving record.

Thank you in advance and i apologise if this is a stupid question, but i am presently preparing to study in Australia, i have been here for 6 years already. I would like to know if there is any way that i could renew my license, again, my apologises for asking even after reading that North Carolina does not renew licenses online, It is not a major problem if i can't renew it.

Thanks again for your time and consideration.

Darian Monzell Isaac

license # 4134209

P.S. It is a commercial license as well, if both or one can be renewed that would be great, if not then life and God is still good, have a beautiful day ;-)

what happens if my my dl's get suspended??? how long would i have to wait to get them back

I received my NC driver's license in 2006. I am between the ages of 18-53, as was I when I moved here. The NC DMV website states a license is valid for 8 years if you fall within the age boundaries stated above. So why, 5 1/2 years later, am I being required to renew? Is the state that short of funds??!! I have never had my license revoked nor suspended.

If I have a Virginia License and the renewal date if Feb, if I choose to obtain a North Caroline License; will I have to be tested?

If a Fl licensed is suspended how can I renew in NC?

If my license expires in Feb 2012, what is the earliest I can renew? Do I have to wait for a notice or can I just go to the DMV now?

I recently renewed my license and was given a piece of paper to use as a temporary license until the new one arrives in the mail.

I have misplaced that paper and my actual license expires tomorrow. How do I get a replacement for that paper?

Thank you in advance.

I stood in line yesterday for one hour 23 min only to be told I needed to return because they were closed and not taking any other costomers, I understand that however my employeer dose not, i asked if i could make an appointment and was told I needed to do so on line but can not seem to find were I do that? can you direct me to the area I need to view on your web site.

i am from rhode island and my drivers license just expired and now i live in north carolina. can i renew my license out here without the hassle of retaking the tests?

I am having eye surgery on Monday 13th. and my license expires on Friday 17th . I would like to take the renewal test after I have my surgery on both eyes. Will I be able to do this with out having to take the whole test over? I have very bad eye sight right now and on a restricted license that I must be wearing glasses.

I am having eye surgery on Monday 13th. and my license expires on Friday 17th . I would like to take the renewal test after I have my surgery on both eyes. Will I be able to do this with out having to take the whole test over? I have very bad eye sight right now and on a restricted license that I must be wearing glasses.

My grandson's drivers license was not class C(first license ) it expired while he was in basic training at Parris Island not a chance to come home to renew...Now he is in MO and the Marines are saying he needs a license.The base is out in the booneys no way to get into a town to get the license and wouldn't have a car to take a test in...Question is"what is he suppose to do?"

Loving granna

There is a process through the mail if you are in the military

why is it that almost everyone works monday thru friday from 8-5 and the DMV is only open monday thru friday 8-5? and why is it that i spent 3 hour in line to fine out that the line was just the begining. once going thru the line you had another hour and half wait just to be seen. here we are in the 21th centery and NC DMV is still in the 1950's. and why is it that we are the only state that you can not renew online or by making a phone call?

Hi i'm in the military and it is a pain in the buut to be out of country and try to get my license renewed. why are the laws for north carolina easier on the military?

I have spent 30 minutes trying to find out the fee to renew my license and still don't know.This is terrible!.

Its $32 for 8 years. $4 per year

Hi, I have living about 11 years in NC State, I have driver license since 2001, but it will expire on the next month. But I don't have SS#, I have only tax ID # what I use to pay my taxes. Can you give me information that help to renew my driver license. What do I need to do? Thank you. I hope you can help me.

You can't use a Tax ID # anymore. You will need a SS#, no exceptions. We know, we had this problem when the change came down from the Feds two yrs ago. Hope this helps.

This is the MOST unfriendly website I have encountered in a long time. I was time consuming and not helpful at all. I should be able to navigate a lot easier. Will not return, will not recommend

you wont recommend the DMV? you are a genious.

i wish you can renew dl online it would be alot easier

I live with my wife outside the States for work reasons. Our drivers's licences will expire in the few coming months.

What are we supposed to do and we don't want to lose our NC driver License as we may come to NC this summer and rent a car directly from the airport and we need a valid DL to do so.

Please advise if there is any possibility to renew by mail.

THIS IS A GOOD WED SIDE EXELENT

Due to work will be out of state during expire date how can i renew online or how i can renew my licence

i lost all my card identity and my ss card please how i renew my lecense because i rceive my renewal notice thanks

Sounds like u donta speakalot of englisha either lol

Due to my husband's work, I am currently living oversea but my license has expired as of March 2009. I will be living out of country for a one year. How do I need to renew my license? Can I do it by mail. I can send a copy of my old license and two ID. Please let me know.

how can i renew online? I see no tab for this.

I can not renew in person! I'm Connecticut, working for 6 months!!!

Can i renew my license online?

Hi im a N.C.resident (http://N.C.resident) but im out of state for work reson, how can i renew my license?

can i renew driver license online

i need to renew my license it has not expired but its almost my question is do i have to take my social security card or i just need my license

i want to see if my license are suspended

what to check my driver record

How can l renew my license if their suspended

I live with my family

i was wanting to renew my driver's license online because, since i work from 8:30 - 5:30 throught the week I can never make it to the DMV to renew.

i want to renewal my drivers license

I would like to practice the sign test online

Yes

review drivers license manual and signs

I NEED TO KNOW MY DRIVER LICENSES NUMBER

 

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