Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?

Drivers in Idaho who are dealing with a lost or stolen drivers license are urged to report the theft to local law enforcement before applying to replace stolen drivers licenses. From there, bring the police report to a local Idaho drivers license center. The DMV officials will record the theft on file for identity theft prevention purposes before issuing a drivers license replacement.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?

Residents of Idaho who would like to know more about the process of applying for drivers licenses can refer to the Idaho Drivers License Manual. The Idaho drivers manual is available in PDF format online for your convenience.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Idaho

How can I renew my drivers license?

Idaho drivers wondering how to renew drivers licenses can do so up to 25 months before the license expiration date. Residents between the ages of 21 and 62 can apply for either a four- or eight-year drivers license renewal. Prior to renewing drivers licenses, you may have to retake the vision test. If requested, you may also have to take the skills test, written knowledge test and have a medical examination. To renew licenses, visit a local Idaho drivers license center. You may also complete the drivers license renewal form sent in the mail prior to your license expiration date and mail it to the address listed. There is no option to renew drivers license online at this time.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Idaho

How do I apply for a drivers license?

Idaho residents who would like to apply for drivers licenses can do so by visiting a local Idaho drivers license centerand completing a drivers license application. Documentation requirements for receiving an Idaho drivers license vary based on the age, citizenship and residency status of the person applying. Residents will also need to take a series of tests before they are allowed to get drivers licenses. There is no option to apply for a drivers license online.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Idaho

How do I get a hardship license?

Idaho drivers with suspended drivers licenses may be eligible to receive a restricted driving permit that allows them to drive to and from essential destinations (i.e. work, home, grocery store, medical centers, etc.) To apply for a restricted permit, visit a local Idaho drivers license center. For suspended drivers licenses due to alcohol or drug-related violations, you must apply for a restricted permit through the court that issued the drivers license suspension. You must also pay all fees to reinstate suspended drivers licenses, as well as the $60 restricted permit fee.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Idaho

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?

Idaho residents who are active military members deployed out-of-state can replace lost or stolen drivers licenses by printing and completing an Internet Application for Replacement Idaho Driver’s License or Identification Card. From there, include a check, money order or credit/debit card number for the $15 duplicate drivers license fee and mail the package to:

Idaho Transportation Department

Driver s License

PO Box 7129

Boise, ID 83707-1129

You may also fax the drivers license replacement application to: 208-334-8586, or scan the application and email it to: DLMail@itd.idaho.gov.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I know if my license was mailed after it has been restored?

The best way to find out if your drivers license has been mailed out is by contacting the Idaho Transportation Department Division of Motor Vehicles directly. You can do so by calling their toll-free number at 208-334-8735. You can also make an in-person visit to any of the Idaho drivers license centers. Find a ITD location near you using our DMV locator. For more information: Suspended License Information for Idaho

How do I obtain a duplicate license?

Drivers in Idaho dealing with stolen, damaged or lost drivers licenses must order a drivers license replacement through the Idaho DMV. To replace lost drivers licenses, print and complete an Internet Application for Replacement Idaho Driver’s License or Identification Card. From there, you can bring the completed drivers license copy application to a local Idaho drivers license center. Idaho residents living out of state can apply to replace DMV drivers licenses by mailing the form in to the following address:

Idaho Transportation Department

Driver s License

PO Box 7129

Boise, ID 83707-1129

The fee to replace drivers licenses is $15 (fees may vary).

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
daho drivers who are deemed habitual traffic offenders may receive a revoked drivers license as a result. As part of the suspended drivers license reinstatement process, you may be required to take a traffic course for Aggressive Drivers and Habitual Offenders. The defensive driving classes are meant for excessively aggressive drivers and drivers who have received several ticket violations in a short period of time. DMV traffic school requirements are in addition to any other penalties. Check with the Idaho DMV website for online traffic schooloptions. For more information: Suspended License Information for Idaho
How do I reinstate my suspended license?

Idaho residents with current drivers license suspensions must wait for the suspension period to end before they can reinstate. Once the period has ended, you may reinstate suspended drivers licenses by paying any associated fines and attending any traffic school or defensive driving courses required by the court. Suspensions resulting from certain offenses (i.e. reckless driving, DUI, DWI, etc.) will also require you to show proof of insurance for three years after reinstating suspended drivers licenses.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Idaho

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?

Idaho residents who are active duty military members can renew driving licenses up to 25 months before the expiration date. If your expiration date is approaching and you have been deployed, complete an Application for Extension of Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card and submit it to the Idaho DMV to extend your expiration date up to four years.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Idaho

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?

Residents of Idaho who are not U.S. citizens and need to replace lost drivers licenses can do so by printing and completing an Internet Application for Replacement Idaho Driver’s License or Identification Card and bringing it in to a local Idaho drivers license center. Non-U.S. citizens should also bring with them proof of lawful presence (i.e. naturalization documents, foreign passports, etc.) and the drivers license replacement fee of $15 (fees may vary).

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?

Residents looking to replace lost drivers licenses when they are out of state should print and complete an Internet Application for Replacement Idaho Driver’s License or Identification Card. Once you have the form completed, mail it in to the following address with the $15 duplicate drivers license fee:

Idaho Transportation Department

Driver s License

PO Box 7129

Boise, ID 83707-1129

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card

How does the DMV check my vision?

Part of the drivers license application process for Idaho residents is to undergo a series of drivers license tests. The testing process includes a vision screening to test your ability to see properly while driving. The minimum standard for eye sight is 20/40 vision in at least one eye, with or without contact lens.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Idaho

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?

Idaho residents who refuse to take a chemical Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) test during a traffic stop will automatically receive a suspended driving license and have their license seized by the arresting officer. Officers may then issue a temporary driving permit for seven days, during which you must request a court hearing. If the court upholds the officer s claims, your drivers license suspension will remain in effect for one year for a first offense and two years for any subsequent offenses. The suspended driving license is in addition to any other alcohol-related penalties.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Idaho

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?

Residents of Idaho wondering how to renew drivers licenses and how soon they can do so should contact a local Idaho drivers license center. Residents renewing drivers licenses can renew up to 25 months prior to their expiration date.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Idaho

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?

Currently, Idaho DMV does not have a policy for waiving the fee to replace driving licenses due to a theft. However, drivers are still urged to file a police report before applying to replace licenses. Drivers are also urged to report lost drivers licenses as well. Bring the police report toa local Idaho drivers license center to put the report on file for identity theft protection.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card

If my drivers license has been lost or stolen, how can I get it flagged with the DMV?

The Idaho DMV might flag your license number if another driver is pulled over by the police and presents your driving license as your own. Also, a DMV clerk might suggest that you apply for a duplicate driving license. However, to be on the safe side, immediately report your drivers license as lost or stolen at your nearest Idaho drivers license center. For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card

Is there an age limit to renew your license?

Residents between the age of 21 and 62 have the choice of applying to renew drivers licenses for four or eight years. Drivers between 18 and 21 will have an expiration date five days after their 21st birthday and cannot renew driving licenses until that time. Likewise, drivers 15 to 17 years old will have an expiration date five days after their 18th birthday and cannot renew licenses until then.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Idaho

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?

Residents of Idaho who would like to apply to replace drivers licenses must print and complete an Internet Application for Replacement Idaho Driver’s License or Identification Card. From there, bring the form into a local Idaho drivers license center (or mail it in if out-of-state). A drivers license copy will be sent to the mailing address listed on the application.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?

Idaho seniors who are applying for drivers license renewals may have to satisfy a few requirements before receiving their new drivers license. Depending on the DMV office they visit, seniors may have to submit to retesting for vision, written drivers tests and skills driving exams. Testing fees will apply.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Idaho

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?

Idaho drivers can receive a drivers license suspension for a number of reasons. The length of time a resident will have a suspended driving license depends on the violation. Common reasons for suspended or revoked drivers licenses are as follows:

  • DUI/DWI
  • Committing felony during act of driving
  • Leaving accident scene
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving with a suspended drivers license
  • Refusing a chemical DUI test
  • Failing to pay fines for traffic violations
  • Misusing drivers license
  • Failing to have car insurance
  • Failing to pay child support

For more information: Suspended License Information for Idaho

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?

Idaho drivers who fail to reinstate suspended drivers licenses are restricted from all driving privileges. If you are caught driving with a suspension, the length of time you must wait before reinstating suspended drivers licenses will be extended. Additionally, you will receive a number of fines on top of the fines for the initial drivers license suspension.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Idaho

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?

Drivers in Idaho who are dealing with a lost, damaged or stolen drivers license must apply for a duplicate at a local Idaho drivers license center. When applying, make sure to bring the required documents along with the drivers license copy fee of $15 (fees may vary). If your license has already expired, you will need to pay the drivers license renewal fees to receive a new license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?

Once an Idaho driver s suspension period has ended, he or she is eligible for suspended drivers license reinstatement. Fees to reinstate revoked drivers licenses run anywhere from $25 to $285 depending on the violation that caused the suspension. For serious violations, other restrictions will apply before you are allowed to apply for a suspended drivers license reinstatement.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Idaho

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?

Most Idaho residents with a suspended driving license are eligible for a restricted drivers license as awarded by the court where the suspension was ordered. Drivers with restricted drivers licenses are allowed to drive to and from essential locations such as school, work and medical centers during their drivers license suspension period. In the case of a DUI, restricted drivers licenses may require drivers to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Idaho

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?

Idaho residents looking to get drivers licenses must undergo a vision screening, written drivers test and skills driving test. If you fail either of the DMV drivers tests (written or skills), you will have to retake the tests. Residents who fail either of the drivers tests must wait three days to retest. Drivers will also need to pay the drivers exam fees again as well.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Idaho

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?

Residents of Idaho who are applying for drivers licenses must present a few required documents at a local Idaho drivers license center. To receive a license to drive, you must bring the following:

  • Proof of age and identity
  • Social Security card (or simply the number)
  • Proof of Idaho residency
  • Proof of lawful presence in the U.S. (if applicable)
  • Foreign driver s license (if applicable)
  • Visual or medical certification (if applicable)
  • Driver training completion documents for minors under 17
  • Liability signature from parent or guardian for minors under 18
  • Verification of School Compliance (VOC) if under 18

For specific details on each of these required driving license documents, contact the Idaho DMV.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Idaho

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?

Idaho drivers with expired drivers licenses can renew either by mail or in person at a local Idaho drivers license center. When attempting to renew expired drivers licenses, you may be required to submit to a vision test, written knowledge test or skills test. If applying through the mail, you will need to submit the application to renew drivers licenses that was sent to your address by the Idaho DMV.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Idaho

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?

Residents of Idaho looking to replace licenses must first print and complete an Internet Application for Replacement Idaho Driver’s License or Identification Card. Once you have the duplicate drivers license form completed, bring it in to a local Idaho drivers license center along with the following required documents:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residency
  • Duplicate drivers license fee ($15)

To replace stolen drivers licenses, you should also report the theft to local law enforcement and bring the police report to the DMV when applying.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card

What languages is the written test available in?

The written drivers test portion of Idaho s drivers license test requirements must be completed and passed before an Idaho resident can get drivers licenses in the state. Idaho written drivers tests are available in a number of languages,including:

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • ASL (AmericanSign Language)

Written drivers tests consist of 40 questions, of which at least 34 must be answered correctly.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Idaho

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?

Drivers in Idaho who fail to renew drivers licenses will have their license suspended until they visit a DMV office. To renew expired drivers licenses, you may also have to retake the vision test, written knowledge test ($3 fee) and skills test ($24 fee). Drivers license renewal fees are $30 for a four-year license and $55 for an eight-year.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Idaho

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?

If you are applying to renew licenses at a local Idaho drivers license center, you will receive your drivers license renewal at the time of application. If you apply for a drivers license renewal by mail, you should receive your new license within 10 business days. If you have not received your license in that time, contact a DMV office for an inquiry. There is currently no option to renew drivers license online.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Idaho

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?

Idaho residents getting drivers licenses for the first time must take a series of driverstests at a local Idaho drivers license center as part of the drivers license application process. Required tests include a vision screening, a written drivers test and a skills driving exam. DMV drivers tests must be taken on-site at the DMV centers. The skills drivers exam fee is $24, while the written drivers test fee is $3. Minors applying for drivers licenses will be required to take drivers ed tests as part of their successful completion of a drivers education program.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Idaho

What type of noncommercial license will I need?

Idaho residents who do not plan on driving commercially will need to apply for a Class D drivers license. To do so, visit one of the local Idaho DMV locations with the required documentation and drivers license fees. You will need to take a series of driving tests prior to getting drivers licenses in the state.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Idaho

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
You will be eligible to reinstate your suspended drivers license after you have completed all the terms of your suspension period. These requirements vary, depending on the conviction or traffic violations on your driving record. To reinstate their suspended driving license, Idaho drivers must pay all applicable fees, provide proof of insurance (SR-22 form) and proof from the court that they have paid any fines imposed on them. For more information: Suspended License Information for Idaho
When will I need to renew my license?

Idaho residents should renew driving licenses by the expiration date listed on their license. This date will be one, three, four or eight years following the date you last applied or renewed your license. To learn more about how to renew drivers licenses, contact a local Idaho drivers license center.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Idaho

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?

Drivers in Idaho who would like to replace DMV drivers licenses can apply at a local Idaho drivers license center. Once your application to replace drivers licenses is processed, you should receive your drivers license replacement within three weeks. If you have not received your duplicate drivers license in that time, contact the Idaho DMV.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Idaho Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?

Idaho residents who would like to check if they have a suspended drivers license can do so by contacting a local Idaho drivers license center. Residents can also check their drivers license suspension status with the Online Driver License Status form.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Idaho

Where can I get a new drivers license?

Residents of Idaho whowant a license to drive must visit a local Idaho drivers license center to apply for drivers licenses. Initial driving licenses require a number of document submissions as well as a few driving tests. There is currently no option to apply for a drivers license online or by mail.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Idaho

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?

Whether or not you must take a vision test to renew expired drivers licenses depends on the Idaho DMV official processing your renewal and how long your license has been expired. Drivers renewing drivers licenses that have been expired for 25 months or more will be required to retake the vision test, written knowledge test and skills tests.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Idaho

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?

Residents of Idaho with an expired drivers licenseshould have received a drivers license renewal notice in the mail prior to the expiration date with renewal instructions. If you have not received a notice, contact a local Idaho drivers license center and make sure the Idaho DMV has your correct address on file.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Idaho