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How to Renew a Driver's License in Alabama

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Alabama Drivers License Renewal

The process for renewing drivers licenses in Alabama must be completed by drivers who want to continue operating motor vehicles on public roads. Drivers can begin with the AL drivers license renewal process at the nearest Department of Public Safety (DPS) office. In Alabama, you are required to renew their drivers licenses every four years. The AL DPS permits drivers to renew drivers licenses 60 days before the expiration date. Read below to learn more about how to get a renewed driver's license.

How to Renew Your AL Driver's License

Renew Alabama Drivers License

Note: Note: The expiration date of your license can be found on the front of your driver's license, under the class of the vehicle you are operating.

When beginning your process for Alabama drivers license renewal, you will have to first select the most suitable option for you. You can renew your drivers license in AL at the nearest AL DPS office within 60 days prior to the expiration date. The renewal process will require you to submit certain documentation at the DMV office, as well as an application form for renewing drivers licenses, available online. The Alabama Department of Public Safety (AL DPS) also allows drivers to renew drivers licenses in a 60-day period after the expiration date. Drivers also are allowed to renew their licenses up to three years after the date of expiry, but may be required to retake all of the necessary exams.


The fees for a DMV license renewal in Alabama might vary, depending on the type of driver's license you are renewing, and your renewal method. The current AL driving license renewal fee is $36.25. This fee may be subject to change without notice, therefore contact the Alabama Department of Public Safety before making any payments. Acceptable payment methods include cash or money order. Drivers are encouraged to renew their drivers licenses before the expiration date in order to avoid any additional fees.

When to Renew Your Alabama Driver's License

Drivers can renew drivers licenses in Alabama up to 60 days prior to the expiration date. Additionally, drivers are allowed to complete their drivers license renewal application within a 60-day "grace period" after the expiration date. The Alabama DPS will allow you to renew your drivers license within three years after it expires. Your AL driver's license will still be valid during this 60-day period.

Expired License

Motorists with AL expired drivers licenses in their possession must renew their credential in order to maintain driving privileges. Drivers will be given a 60-day "grace period" to complete drivers license renewal application process. During this period drivers can legally operate a motor vehicle and renew their drivers licenses without taking any re-examinations. Alabama residents are also allowed to renew expired drivers licenses within three years after the expiration date, but are prohibited from driving motor vehicles with an expired license, because they will be considered as illegal drivers. During this three-year period, drivers with expired drivers licenses will be required by the AL DPS to retake the written and/or the road test in order to renew their drivers licenses.

Temporary Permits

Temporary permits are issued by the Alabama Department of Public Safety (AL DPS) only to those applicants who have requested a drivers license renewal in person at the DMV office. After submitting the necessary documentation, the AL DPS will issue a temporary permit that you can use until you receive your permanent drivers license in the mail. The permanent renewed driver's license will arrive at your mailing address within 30 days.

Requirements To Renew An Alabama License

Drivers who want to renew drivers licenses in Alabama must complete certain requirements set by the Department of Public Services (AL DPS). Whether you are renewing in person or by mail (for the military members), you will be required to submit the following documentation to the nearest DMV office:

Drivers may also be required to provide proof of identity and address of residency, depending on their specific situation. Contact the Alabama DPS before your DMV drivers license renewal process to find out more. Additionally, drivers who have expired drivers licenses in Alabama that have been invalid for more than 60 days will need to retake the written and/or road test.

AL Drivers License Online Renewal

The process of renewing drivers licenses in Alabama cannot be completed online. However, you can obtain an electronic version of the AL drivers license renewal application form from the DPS website. When filling out this form, make sure to adhere to special instructions about how to renew drivers licenses. Once you have completed the form, submit it either in person at the nearest DMV office, or by mail if you are out-of-state and in the military.

Renewing Your AL Drivers License In-Person

The Alabama drivers license renewal processes can be completed in person at the nearest DMV office. The AL Department of Public Safety has certain requirements set for drivers who want to renew their drivers licenses. Drivers are required to do the following:

  • Submit their current Alabama driver's license.
  • Submit a payment for the required fee, either via cash or a money order.
  • Have their photo taken at the DMV office.

Drivers may also be required to submit proof of identification and their current residential address. To ensure you have the proper documents at hand, contact the AL DPS prior to renewing your drivers licenses in Alabama.

Out-of-State Military Renewal

The Alabama DMV license renewal process is available to drivers currently serving in the military, who are not present in the state to complete any necessary steps. Note that military members can only renew their drivers licenses in AL by mail. To get started, download the drivers license renewal application form from the AL DPS website, complete it and send by mail to the AL DPS mailing address. Along with the application form, drivers must include a money order for the $36.25 driving license renewal fee. Provided that the AL DPS has your photograph and signature on file, you will get your new drivers license by mail at your out-of-state address.

Note: Military members who are renewing drivers licenses in Alabama from out-of-state must provide an in-state residential address.

Submitted by driver777 on 7th Jun 2016

the link to the Renewal

the link to the Renewal license form is not working. Please correct as soon as possible. Please email a copy of this renewal form to me. My license is expired and I'm overseas

Submitted by srrauto on 19th Sep 2014

I went to the driver's

I went to the driver's license office in Tuscaloosa and they send me back home without renew my ID because I didn't have with me my social security card...

I had all the three items listed in this webpage.

Submitted by volley36 (not verified) on 17th Apr 2012

I spoke with Capt. Guy Rush

I spoke with Capt. Guy Rush regarding a renewal I mailed in March for a license not yet expired. I'm working on the Global Economic Crisis in Victoria BC, and they had an issue with my application so the bureaucrat mailed back everything I sent, including my payment. We resolved the issue on the phone, excepting payment, and now it appears I must either abandon my car in Canada or fly back to Alabama to get my license. Having to ask judges that I've worked with if they can help me is so embarrassing. And Capt. Rush said the mail renewal was a violation of Homeland Security Rules, but that they allowed it. One of the things they wanted from my was a letter on company letterhead. When you do work for governments, who would such a letter even come from? It isn't just military getting the short end. This is a huge problem for those of us that are jurists who work abroad for the US and other governments. When will Alabama get a high school education requirement for it's government workers?

Submitted by ej1434 (not verified) on 26th Jan 2012

Alabama really makes it hard

Alabama really makes it hard for people that's in the military, and people that have to travel out of the state for their job. As far as people that in the military, when they are deployed they have no way to renew their license unless it could be done online. Alabama really needs to catch up with the rest of the states. We are not living in the stone age anymore.

Submitted by eve1477 (not verified) on 28th Oct 2011

I find it to be ludicrous

I find it to be ludicrous that you can't even renew your driver's license online with all this new technology now. It was would cut down on traffic of people come in to the office to renew at the office and it will be a great help to those who don't have time to come in or who can't make it in to renew their license. Catch up alabama it's 2011!!

Submitted by jou81269 (not verified) on 20th Jan 2012

I agree with eve1477!!! I

I agree with eve1477!!! I work on the road 11months out of the year but my physical address is and will be in the Alabama! Do i have to lose my job to renew my license even when i pay Alabama state taxes every year?!!! I have to have my license for my Job as well!!

Submitted by Anonymous on 23rd Mar 2011

Alabama is the only state

Alabama is the only state that doesn't allow online renewal. i have a question in regards to renewing a driver's license for permanent resident in the u.s. we shouldn't have to pay for a newer green card. it was a permanent resident card for a reason. My parents paid all the taxes necessary to be eligible to reside in the u.s. if you think most of your driver's can't afford the insurance, you will have more driver's that will be illegally operating a motor vehicle for the fact that the renewal of a green card is so outrageous. you are crippling your own country.

Submitted by Anonymous on 1st Apr 2011

go read a book

go read a book

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