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How to Renew a Driver's License in Texas

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Texas Drivers License Renewal

Drivers have several ways to renew drivers licenses in Texas with the state Department of Public Safety. Residents can apply for a drivers license renewal online, by phone, in person and by mail. Every other renewal, all drivers are required to renew their drivers licenses in person at a DMV location to update their photo on file. Residents located out of state, such as members of the U.S. military are permitted to apply for drivers licenses renewals by mail. Drivers renewing drivers licenses in any case must meet the eligibility criteria or provide the required documentation. To learn more about how to renew drivers licenses in TX, read through the sections of information provided below.

How to Renew Your TX Driver's License



Renew Texas Drivers License

Note: Drivers license expiration dates can be found on the front of a driver's license.


To apply for a Texas DMV license renewal, applicants must conduct their transactions in one of four ways, depending on their eligibility: online, by phone, by mail or in person. Motorists renewing drivers licenses in Texas are required to do so in person at a TX DMV location at least every other renewal cycle. Residents will receive a renewal notice in the mail which will notify them of the renewal method for which they are eligible. Texas drivers license renewal eligibility requirements are the same for online and by phone applicants. Drivers who apply online must be able to print their temporary drivers license from their home or work computer. DMV license renewal by mail is allowed by invite only.

Fees

The driving license renewal fee in Texas is $25. The fee includes the cost to change or update your residential address, if needed. Drivers between the ages of 18 and 84 years of age will pay this renewal price for drivers. Elderly drivers license renewal applicants 85 years of age and older pay a discounted fee of $9 for a two-year drivers license. Texas drivers license renewals are free for qualifying disabled veterans.

When to Renew Your Texas Driver's License

Residents can conduct drivers license renewals up to one year prior to the expiration date. Texas drivers are mailed a driving license renewal notice to their address on file with the DPS around six weeks prior to their drivers license expiration date. Drivers licenses issued to residents 18 to 84 years of age expire six years following the previous expiration date. Drivers 85 years of age and older are issued two-year drivers licenses. Provisional license holders may renew their credentials up to 30 days before the expiration date.

Expired License

After two years, Texas expired drivers licenses cannot be renewed. Drivers must instead apply for a new driver's license. Applying for a new drivers license involves re-taking the written and road tests. To make sure you are prepared for the examination process, order a Texas DMV practice test today.

Requirements to Renew a Texas License

The requirements to renew drivers licenses in Texas can vary depending on the renewal method. However, renewing drivers licenses in person at a TX DMV location at least once every 12 years to update their vision screening, photo, signature and fingerprints. Drivers who apply in person will also be required to provide proof of the following:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of US citizenship or lawful presence status.
  • Proof of Texas residency.

TX Drivers License Online Renewal

To renew drivers license online with the Texas DPS renewal site, drivers must meet certain qualifications including completing previous renewal in-person at a TX DPS office. Drivers eligible to renew online may also allowed to by phone if they choose. Telephone and online drivers license renewal applicants will need to have their current drivers license along with access to a printer to obtain a copy the temporary drivers license as well as a valid form of payment such as a major credit or debit card.

Renewing Your TX Drivers License in Person

Texas residents must renew their drivers licenses in person at a DMV office once every 12 years. Drivers who must apply in person at each drivers license renewal include the following:

  • Drivers with licenses that have been suspended revoked, cancelled or denied.
  • Holders of the following types of licenses: provisional, occupational, learner.
  • Driver's license holders with a medical restriction.
  • Drivers on the sex offender registry.
  • Drivers 79 years of age and older.
  • Drivers without a Social Security number on file.
  • Non-US citizens.

To apply for a TX drivers license renewal in person, the driver must first complete the application form and provide it along with the following types of documents:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence status.
  • Proof of Texas residency.

Out-of-State Renewal

Drivers who are permanent Texas residents temporarily residing out-of-state can renew their drivers license via mail if they meet certain eligibility criteria. Out-of-state drivers license renewals are reserved for residents, such as active duty military members and students attending college or university out of state.

To renew drivers licenses while located out of state, residents must download the Out-of-state or Out-of-Country packet available at the Texas DPS website. After reviewing the contents of the packet, applicants must fill out the out-of-state application and include their Texas and their out-of-state address information. Upon completion, mail the application materials along with the required renewal fee to the address listed on the form.

Out-Of-State Military: Renew By Mail

Military members applying for drivers license renewals who are stationed out of state or have been recently discharged can follow the steps listed below. Those with an expired drivers license who have been separated from their duties for less than 90 days can provide the application materials mentioned above, along with a copy of their expired drivers license and military ID card.

Submitted by oct0671@yahoo.com on 5th May 2016

I am a US permanent residence

I am a US permanent residence card holder currently working outside of the United States. I would like to renew my Texas driver's license when I come back to the US during my visit in the summer. As I am currently working and living abroad, I do not currently have a Texas address but I am legally a resident (dormicile) of Texas. What proof do I need to bring with me to renew my driver's license in person?

Submitted by JoyceFunderburk on 25th Jan 2016

Can I do a change of address

Can I do a change of address online if I am under the age of 79

Submitted by goldie on 8th Feb 2014

Why does a person on oxygen

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

Submitted by rbt1949 (not verified) on 27th Oct 2013

plse help I need to renew my

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

Submitted by High PR Backlink Pyramid (not verified) on 6th Sep 2012

I would also like to add that

I would also like to add that when you do not already have got an insurance policy or perhaps you do not form part of any group insurance, chances are you'll well make use of seeking assistance from a health insurance broker. Self-employed or those that have medical conditions usually seek the help of a health insurance dealer. Thanks for your writing.

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

I moved from nevada to texas

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?!

Submitted by wherryluba (not verified) on 22nd Nov 2011

According to the criteria

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?

Submitted by jgrauel@att.net (not verified) on 27th Oct 2011

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Submitted by TXMom3 (not verified) on 9th Aug 2011

According to the information

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.

Submitted by tbirdskw (not verified) on 30th Sep 2011

she can probably do that

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

Submitted by George d. Rubio (not verified) on 18th Jul 2011

I am renewing my texas

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?

Submitted by tbirdskw (not verified) on 30th Sep 2011

yes you can i renewed mine 5

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

Submitted by kmoore1725 (not verified) on 15th Jun 2011

My license expired in 98. Do

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

Submitted by tnicholson (not verified) on 5th Jul 2011

My license expired in 2002

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.

Submitted by jeannie0412 (not verified) on 18th May 2011

I don't find information if I

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 language...like spanish??

Submitted by Anonymous on 1st May 2011

When i renewed my license, i

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 26th Apr 2011

This site is incorrect

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 26th Apr 2011

This site is incorrect

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on 21st Apr 2011

This entire system is

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.

Submitted by Dr. Hisham ElBanhawy (not verified) on 8th Oct 2013

I totally agree with you, you

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

Submitted by effTheDMV (not verified) on 31st Jan 2012

I agree.

I agree.

Submitted by Anonymous on 16th Mar 2011

I need to find out the status

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!

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