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How to Renew a Driver's License in New York

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New York Drivers License Renewal

Renewing drivers licenses in New York is a straightforward process for the majority of residents. Most drivers license renewal applicants may not even require a trip to a New York Department of Motor Vehicles location. Drivers can renew drivers licenses online, by mail, or in person at their convenience. NY drivers license renewal applicants are also permitted to renew drivers licenses in NY up to one year prior to their drivers license expiration date, using one of the above mentioned methods. For more information on how to renew drivers licenses in New York, continue reading below.

How to Renew Your NY Driver's License



Renew New York Drivers License

Note: The expiration date of your driving privileges can be found on your license, next to the issue date.


Drivers license renewals in New York can be conducted in one of three ways: online, in person or by mail. Most drivers qualify to renew their drivers license online, or by mail if they choose. In spite of which method drivers chooses to apply for drivers license renewals, they must provide proof of passing an eye exam. Vision tests can be completed at a DMV-approved vision provider or by an applicant's personal eye care professional. Drivers who apply in-person have the option to have their vision screened at the DMV office.

Fees

New York drivers license renewal fees vary according to the class of license a driver possesses. The Class D and DJ drivers license fee is $64.50. Residents of counties in and around the New York City Metropolitan area must pay the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MCTD) fee, in addition to the regular renewal fee. The supplemental NY drivers license renewal fee is $1.00 for every six-month period a drivers license is valid, making the eight-year fee $16. The cost of a Class D and DJ license, including the MCTD fee is $80.50.

When to Renew Your New York Driver's License

NY drivers license renewal dates fall on the holder's date of birth. Drivers will be mailed a notice 50 days prior to their driver's license expiration date. However, renewing New York drivers licenses is acceptable up to one year before the expiration date and two years after. Motorists who renew 40 days or more prior to their 21st birthday will receive a license labeled "UNDER 21."

Expired License

Drivers have up to two years to renew drivers license in NY following the expiration date. Though, to avoid fines and penalties, applicants should avoid allowing the validity of their license to lapse. Drivers cannot renew expired drivers licenses in New York more than two years following its expirations date. After that point, the applicant must apply for a new drivers license which requires that he or she pass the DMV vision, written and road tests in addition to taking a pre-licensing course.

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Requirements to Renew a New York License

Renewing drivers license in NY is a simple process for many drivers. Drivers license renewal applicants must pass a vision screening provided by a DMV-approved provider. Alternatively, drivers can have their eye care professional fill out a Vision Report form. Most motorists are eligible to apply for New York drivers license renewals online and are encouraged to do so.

NY Drivers License Online Renewal

Online drivers license renewals are strongly encouraged by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. With NY DMV license renewals, most applicants are eligible to renew via the MyDMV web portal. To renew drivers licenses online, applicants must pass a vision test with a provider listed on the DMV Online Vision Registry or submit information from a Vision Test Report form that has been completed by an eye care professional. Drivers license renewal online applicants will be able to print a PDF copy of their temporary license form their personal computer. The renewed driver's license will arrive in the mail approximately 10 days following application.

Renewing Your NY Drivers License in Person

Where to renew drivers licenses in New York will depend on certain eligibility requirements. Drivers who are not eligible to renew online must apply in person at a NY DMV location. To apply, bring your current drivers license, the drivers license renewal notice, and proof of having passed a vision exam. The following types of drivers must renew NY drivers licenses in-person:

  • You have a commercial driver's license.
  • You have a conditional driver's license.
  • You are applying for an enhanced driver license (EDL).
  • You have a driver's license that says "VALID WITHOUT PHOTO".
  • You wish to update your current photo.
  • You are an ignition interlock device program participant.
  • You have a "TEMPORARY VISITOR" written on your driver's license and your visitor expiration date has passed.

By Mail New York Drivers License Renewals

New York drivers are permitted to renew their drivers licenses by mail. To renew by mail, drivers must fill out the drivers license renewal notice that was sent to them and return it along with a completed Vision Test Report and their renewal fee in the form of a check or money order. In lieu of the vision report, applicants can simply visit a NY DMV-approved vision test provider. Authorized providers are located throughout the state.

Non-U.S. Citizen

Drivers license renewal guidelines are slightly different for temporary non-U.S. citizens. Temporary visitors and international students can renew New York drivers licenses online or by mail as long as their temporary status documents on file with the DMV are not expired. Applicants with an extended temporary visitor status document must update their documentation with the NY DMV office.

Out-of-State Military Renewal

By state law, the New York drivers license renewal period for active duty military members who served out-of-state is automatically extended. Service members are not required to renew their drivers licenses during this time. Drivers also have a total of 30 months following their service to apply for a drivers license renewal at a DMV in New York.

Drivers License Extensions

NY DMV drivers license renewal extensions are offered to active duty military members serving out-of-state. Extensions are automatic and last during the member's service and up to six months following his or her discharge or return to New York. Upon return, service members may renew their NY drivers licenses up to two years after their extension expiration date. To renew, the applicants must show proof of their date of entry into the military. Those who were discharged from service will need to provide the Certificate of Discharge.

Submitted by LaureanoT on 27th Feb 2017

My Name is Teddy T. Laureano

My Name is Teddy T. Laureano and I'm station here in Germany for three years until June of 2019. My driver license will be expiring next year 06/18/2018. When can I start renewing my driver license?

Submitted by aine13 on 23rd Jun 2015

I went into the DMV to renew

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.

Submitted by Ms.King on 11th Nov 2014

I had my driver license

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?

Submitted by Funnygirl (not verified) on 4th Sep 2013

I thought vision exams were

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

Submitted by angel1956 (not verified) on 20th Jan 2013

I have received a renewal

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.

Colleen

Submitted by marywilsonIII (not verified) on 7th Feb 2013

Does he want to drive ?

Does he want to drive ?

Submitted by SilverBerch (not verified) on 3rd Aug 2012

The link to renew online is

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

Submitted by Johnmd (not verified) on 28th Nov 2012

Yes...me too. I need to

Yes...me too.

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

Submitted by debrama (not verified) on 27th Nov 2012

renew

renew

Submitted by gentlemanspirit (not verified) on 21st Mar 2012

I am assuming that the DMV

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?

Submitted by donna mendolera (not verified) on 11th Feb 2012

i want to get the new

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

Submitted by jodi andreozzi (not verified) on 27th Jan 2012

I renewed my license in

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?

Submitted by Andrea Bartoli (not verified) on 24th Dec 2011

I need to work in the

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?

Submitted by bob123 (not verified) on 7th Apr 2012

No

No

Submitted by aptenodytes (not verified) on 10th Dec 2011

How long does it take to

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.

Submitted by gonsalvesc (not verified) on 23rd Sep 2011

I have a Learner's Permit and

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?

Submitted by gfharewood (not verified) on 17th Sep 2011

can i renew my license after

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

Submitted by sexylacey (not verified) on 20th Mar 2012

How many years after my

How many years after my license expires can i renew

Submitted by hermvillanue@aol.com (not verified) on 10th Aug 2012

The fact is that when your

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.

Submitted by PeteHelfrich (not verified) on 25th Jul 2011

NYS DMV - Driver License / ID

NYS DMV - Driver License / ID Renewal

MY ID WAS STOLEN & I'M STUCK IN NEVADA. IT'S RIDICULOUS THEY ASK YOU FOR EVERY STINKING NUMERAL ON YOUR ID = HOW ON EARTH DO I RENEW A STOLEN ID FROM NEVADA SO I CAN DRIVE HOME TO NY WITHOUT AN ACTO OF CONGRESS AND OBAMA'S BLESSING?

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Submitted by Scarlett Hathaway (not verified) on 18th Dec 2011

I failed to report to jury

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?

Submitted by nycyumi (not verified) on 13th May 2011

I have already renewed my

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.

Submitted by Brianywu (not verified) on 5th Nov 2011

How to renew my NY driver's

How to renew my NY driver's license online?

Submitted by roseannvern@optonline.net (not verified) on 17th Feb 2012

I would like the form ot

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

Submitted by Annamae Lyons (not verified) on 2nd Aug 2012

I need form MV-44 to fill out

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 11th Apr 2011

I already have on my driver's

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.

Submitted by Darlene123 (not verified) on 3rd Jul 2011

I'mn almost sure you have to

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 6th Apr 2011

i mailed the proper paperwork

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?

Submitted by homeecgail@aol.com (not verified) on 11th Jul 2011

I also mailed my paperwork on

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 13th Mar 2011

I am out of the country and

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?

Submitted by Anonymous on 24th Mar 2011

no

no

Submitted by Anonymous on 10th Mar 2011

what if i am out the

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

Submitted by Anonymous on 14th Feb 2011

I broke my leg & wrist and

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?

Submitted by oprettygee (not verified) on 31st Dec 2009

I renewed my drivers license

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

Submitted by jes san (not verified) on 30th Nov 2009

i renewed my class E license

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.

Submitted by Jacqulin Forrester (not verified) on 21st Aug 2009

I sent in my renwal papers

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.

Submitted by Bernice Lewis (not verified) on 25th Jul 2009

I renewed my Driver's

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

Will someone let me know if they have been mailed

Submitted by jmf (not verified) on 18th Jun 2009

I mailed in my renewal at the

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

Submitted by qwertzxcft (not verified) on 8th Jun 2009

i would like to get info on

i would like to get info on my d.l

Submitted by mamah (not verified) on 2nd May 2009

I renewed my licence by mail

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

Submitted by cjpratt (not verified) on 18th Apr 2009

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Submitted by s.douglas (not verified) on 26th Jan 2009

I just want to renew my

I just want to renew my drivers license.

Submitted by segundosguam on 2nd Aug 2014

I want to renew my license

I want to renew my license

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