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How to Renew a Driver's License in Maryland

A Maryland Driver's License can be renewed either in person at any MVA Office in the State, or by mail.


  1. A Maryland driver's license normally has a validity of 5 years from the date of issue.
  2. You will receive a reminder postcard approximately 60 days before the expiration date.
  3. If your license expired more than a year ago, you have to take the written test and the driving tests again to get a license.


You must bring:
  1. The reminder card.
  2. Your expiring driver's license.
  3. Social security number.
  4. The renewal fee of $30. This can be paid by cash, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) or personalized check (with driver license number and a phone number) made payable to Motor Vehicle Administration.
Also be prepared to undergo a vision screening test.

Your new license will arrive by mail within two weeks.


You can renew your license by mail if you receive the "renew by mail" package from the MVA. You are eligible for renewal by mail if:
  1. You do not have any physical or mental disability that may affect your driving.
  2. Your license was not suspended, revoked, cancelled or disqualified anywhere in the U.S.
  3. Your current driver's license is not a provisional one or one without a photo.
  4. You renewed in person the last time.
  5. Your name and address printed on the renewal application is correct.
You need to complete the renewal by mail application and send it along with a check or money order (made payable to MVA) for $30 to the MVA in the envelope provided. If you are over 40 years of age and are eligible to renew by mail, you need to get a vision specialist to complete and sign the ‘Vision Certification' portion of the application that was sent to you in the mail.


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

I renewed my license at the office in Loveville, MD and have just realized my mailing address was not put on my license. I have a P.O. box and do not get any mail at my home address. The mail carrier has been putting mail in my neighbors box. What can I do?

I don't have a social security number. Will the document from the state department do ? Or do I need to get a letter from the social security office ?

Will it be possible to change my driver's licence online from Texas' to Marylands as am relocation as soon as January but i need to use it as soon as possible in securing an employment.

You need to have a Maryland address in order to change your Texas driver's license to Maryland driver's license

My license expires on 10/12/2012, the MVA office was closed last Sat. for the Columbus Day holiday. I do not get off from work until 5pm daily and I am not in the area because of school and physical therapy and can not get to the office in MD before Sat. Do I need to re-take the test if I do not get my license renewed before Friday?

I received the license renewal form in July and then completed the required information with the approved signed vision test and the $30 payment. I returned the renewal form to MVA and they processed my $30 check on 08/22/11. My license expiration date is 09/04/11. I have contacted MVA (@1-800-950-1682 and they verified that the license was issued. I have not received my new license yet!!!!

My license expiration date was 08-31-2012 can i order it by mail.

My driver's license expires in July. Can I renew it in February or do I have to wait until July? Thank you.

my driver`s license expires in february 26 2013. Can I renew it in december 2011 or do I have to wait until on february 2013.


How soon can I renew my license before it expires?

i would like to know how soon can you renew your license