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How to Renew a Driver's License in Texas

A Texas Driver's License can be renewed online, by phone, by mail or in person at any Driver's License Office in the State.


  1. Your Texas driver's license's expiration depends on your age when the expiring license was issued or renewed:
    Driver's Age at License             Issue or Last Renewal / Validity of License
    under 18                                    expires on next birthday
    18-84                                         license valid for 6 years 
    85 and older                              license expires second birthday after application date    
  2. You can renew your Texas license up to a year prior to its expiration.
  3. You will receive a renewal notice about 6 weeks before your license expires.
  4. Did you know that your Texas driver license or ID can be renewed?
    Up to one year before the expiration date, or
    Up to two years after the expiration date.    


You must bring:
  1. Your current driver's license or proof of identity.
  2. Your Social Security Number.
  3. Renewal fee (By age):
    • Under 18 years of age - $6
    • 18 to 84 years of age - $25
    • 85 years or older - $9
A $1 administrative fee is included in the following fee amounts. If you are completing more than one transaction at the same time in person or online, you will only be charged this fee once. The $1 administrative fee is not charged for transactions conducted through the mail. You also need to pass the vision test, and if you are under the age of 18, you must also present a Verification of Enrolment and Attendance (VOE) (CDD-104) form, high school diploma or GED.


In order to renew your license online or by phone you must meet the following criteria:
  1. Your last renewal was done in person.
  2. Your license expires within a year.
  3. Your license did not expire more than two years ago.
  4. You do not hold a commercial driver's license.
  5. There is no change in your name. (You can change your address online or by phone)
  6. Your mental and physical condition, as well as vision have not changed since your last renewal and would not hamper your ability to drive a vehicle.
  7. Your license hasn't been suspended, revoked or cancelled and you do not have outstanding tickets or warrants.
  8. You are a Texas resident.
To renew your driver's license online, visit the Driver License and ID card online services website of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
To renew by phone just call (866) 357-3639.    
  1. Keep your Social Security Number and your current Texas driver's license handy.
  2. You need a credit card (Visa, Master card, Discover or American Express card) to pay for the renewal.
Renewal of driver license (with or without changing address): $25


The criteria for eligibility to renew by mail are the same as those for online and telephone renewal. The Texas Department of Public Safety gives military as well as non-military residents the option to renew their license by mail even if out of state. In order to renew by mail, you have to submit
  1. Your full name, Texas driver's license number and current mailing address to or call (512) 424-2600.
  2. You will also need to submit proof of Social Security Number.
  3. Eye test results at a local driver's license office or by a doctor on DL63 form.
  4. If you are applying for a class A or B non-CDL, you need to submit a CDL-2 form.
  5. If renewing your License from out of state or country then you also need to submit Scan card (LI 50)
  6. Applicable fee by way of a check or money order made payable to Texas Department of Public Safety.
Texas Department of Public Safety
P O Box 4087
Austin, Texas  78773-0001     
The renewed license should reach you in 4 to 6 weeks.


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

Why does a person on oxygen have to retake a driving test?

plse help I need to renew my DL in tx by 12/01/2013-but i need proof of insurance i own a car- yes you can buy a car with no dl-but now to renew after suspension lifted i can not get insurance - fact is my dl is not valid so what do i did about proof of ins -insurance wont sell me liability with expired DL-plse help

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I moved from nevada to texas and my drivers licence expires soon, do i have to retake the wtitten and driving test again or can i just transfer it over to texas? I know its different for every state. Someone help?!

According to the criteria published on the website I am eligible to renew my TDL online but I was declined. Can anybody suggest any reason why it could happen? I live overseas and can not come to US prior to the expiration, therefore I could not rent a car? Any suggestions?


According to the information above, TX does not have a grace period. If you are turning 18, what do you do if you can't renew in person on your birthday? I've been told by DPS that you can't renew early because you are not 18 yet and the new license will expire on your 18th birthday, even if you get it 2 weeks before your birthday.

My child will be attending college out-of-state on their 18th birthday.

she can probably do that online. only CDL lic cant be done online. or you can do it by mail if no internet.

I am renewing my texas lisence that expired 7-11-10. Could this still be possible for renewal? I am a tourist holding a u.s. Type B1/B2 class visa. I need to renew so i drive around the place. Can i do thru on-line?

yes you can i renewed mine 5 months after its exp. all they did was back date the licence .

My license expired in 98. Do I have to go thru everything again?

My license expired in 2002 and I need to renew them so I can drive. What will I need to do and how much will I have to pay.

I don't find information if I have re renew my driving license if it is not from Texas. Mine is from Puerto Rico. Can I renew in Texas, without passing through all the process from the provisional. If you have the facility to take the provisional exam in other spanish??

When i renewed my license, i had to give thumbprints-encase i commited a crime. Always thought this was done after the crime is commited. Is this a new law? People should renew online.

This site is incorrect because it does not provide complete information.

For those under 18, the following is also required when renewing your license:

"Present the Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) (CDD-104) form, high school diploma or GED."

Administrators of this site, please add this detail to your web site so it is accurate.

This site is incorrect because it does not provide complete information.

For those under 18, the following is also required when renewing your license:

"Present the Verification of Enrollment and Attendance (VOE) (CDD-104) form, high school diploma or GED."

Administrators of this site, please add this detail to your web site so it is accurate.

This entire system is pathetic. It is another prime example of how out entire federal and state government system wants more and more money for less and less service. I called the main number for a simple question and the computer said they were too busy to answer and then I called a local number and the computer said to look online or call the main number that I just called. Trouble is the answer to these questions are not online. Our DPS system is only another money collection system with no service and when they do have to help someone it is like you are putting them out.

I totally agree with you, you hit the nail on the head !

I agree.

I need to find out the status of my TX driver's license that I had renewed online 6 weeks ago. I still have nothing and it expires tomorrow!