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How to Renew a Driver's License in New York

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


  1. Your New York driver's license will generally expire on your birthday. The expiration year depends on your age when the expiring license was issued or last renewed.
  2. It is advisable to renew your driver's license before the birthday on which it will expire. You can renew your license any time in the year leading up to its expiration.


You must bring:
  1. A completed renewal application form (MV-44).
  2. Renewal fee, payable by cash, check or credit card.
  3. Form MV-619 completed by an eye-care professional, or you will be required to take a vision test.


You may renew your license online up to a year before expiration or within two years after expiration. You cannot renew online if your driving privileges are suspended/revoked or if you do not meet the eligibility criteria. To renew online, you will need:
  1. Client ID Number and Document Number as stated on your current license.
  2. Date of birth, Social Security number and zip code.
  3. Form MV-619 completed by an eye care professional (Vision test).
  4. A valid e-mail address where you will receive confirmation of renewal.
  5. A Credit card (Visa, American Express, MasterCard or Discover) to make the payment.
Note: You cannot change your address online.    
It can take up to four weeks for you to receive your license by mail.


When you renew by mail, you should prepare and/or complete:
  1. Two mail renewal application forms:
  2. MV-44, renewal application.
  3. MV-619 or proof of a vision test from another state.
  4. Copies of proof of identification.
  5. A money order or check for the renewal fee.
Mail all the documents to:
DMV License Production Bureau
P.O. Box 2688-ESP
Albany, NY 12220-0668.    
The renewed driver's license will arrive by mail within four to six weeks. If you wish to receive it faster, include a pre-paid, pre-addressed express mail package with your application.


Reviews of How to Renew a Driver's License in New York

I went into the DMV to renew my license because I wanted to change my picture. They took a picture while I was there, but when I received my license in the mail, it still has the old picture. I'm not happy that I took the time off of work specifically to go in for a picture to have them not use it.

I had my driver license issued this year in april 2014, i just realized it expires on my birthday this same year!! wth? Why is my license needing to be renewed in less than a year?

I thought vision exams were no longer required to renew licenses in NYS?

I have received a renewal letter from the DMV for my husband to renew his drivers license, but he has been deceased for three years. I'm not sure what to do about this. If anyone knows, please help me. It is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.


Does he want to drive ?

The link to renew online is broken. Also, is there a way to renew a state ID online? too.

I need to renew but I am overseas for sometime...!


I am assuming that the DMV will use the photo from my previious drivers's license for my renewed license. I am sending my present and current driver's license and a copy of my military ID card as proof of identity along with the MV-44 and a check for $68.00 to cover the cost of my license renewal. Also, can I apply for an international driver's license at any DMV anywhere?

i want to get the new licenses so i can go to canada, does any1 know how much they are ?

I renewed my license in person on Dec 5, 2011 in white Plains NY. I have yet to receive it.The temporary license expires Mar 4, 2012. When should I expect my license in the mail?

I need to work in the District of Columbia 4 days a week. In order to park my NY car there they require me to take residency and have a DC Driver License. I still live in NYC and have my family here. Can I keep both licenses?


How long does it take to receive a new license? I applied 6 weeks ago and still don't have it. The Web site says two weeks in one place and four weeks in another place, but clearly both are wrong.

I have a Learner's Permit and not a License. It expires this year on my birthday. Do I follow the same procedure to have it renewed as a Driver's License?

can i renew my license after it expired - is their a grace period for renewal in NYC?

How many years after my license expires can i renew

The fact is that when your license expires, you or the DMV give you up to (2) two years to get it back. Only 2 years that is set by NYS-DMV to renew from the date it expire.

NYS DMV - Driver License / ID Renewal


NYS DMV - Driver License / ID Renewal

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I failed to report to jury duty by accident and am afraid I won't be able to renew my license... Anyone have any experience with it?

I have already renewed my driver's license in the past for eight years. It was issued in 2004, was renewed once, and will expire in 2012. Without going to DMV, can I renew it online or by US mail this time too? Thanks.

How to renew my NY driver's license online?

I would like the form ot website to fill out to renew my driver's license

I need form MV-44 to fill out to renew my driver's license.

I already have on my driver's license that I need to wear glasses. Can I skip the eye test and have this put on my renewal license again? I know I'll need glasses again.

I'mn almost sure you have to go for a eye test when you renew your license.

i mailed the proper paperwork and payment in march, my birth month is april, i haven't received my new license in the mail yet or seen the check deducted from my account yet, whats wrong?

I also mailed my paperwork on June 18th. My birthday is July 15 . I have not gotten my new license yet nor have I seen my check deducted from my account. How canI find out if the paperwork was received and hen can I expect to get my license.

I am out of the country and unable to get an eye exam...can i postpone the eye exam and the renewal of my license?


what if i am out the countrycan i have my eye examined by a local doctor and have him fill up the form?

I broke my leg & wrist and I'm presently in rehab. My license expires soon & I was planning to take my eye test at the DMV. Can I get an extension?

I renewed my drivers license 3 weeks ago and my check was cashed but i never received my new drivers license yet and mine already expired yesterday what should i do because i need to drive

i renewed my class E license oct,30,2009. i have still not recieved it in the mail. please inform me when i will recive it as soon as possible.

I sent in my renwal papers with eye examine forms from the 8/12/09 and my check has not being cashed. My license expires 09/08/09. My job involves driving daily and I have to have a valid driver's license. Please let me know what is the status of me receiveing my new driver's license on time. Thank you.

I renewed my Driver's License, but haven't received them.

Will someone let me know if they have been mailed

I mailed in my renewal at the beginning of June and my license expires 06-22-09. I have not recieved it nor has my check been cashed. Can someone let me know if it is being processed?? Thanks

i would like to get info on my d.l

I renewed my licence by mail on april 24th. i haven,t received it yet. What happens now

Renew Drivers License on-line

I just want to renew my drivers license.

I want to renew my license