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Texas Drivers License Renewal

Drivers can renew their driving license up to one year before the printed expiration date or up to two years after it is considered an expired drivers license. If you do not meet the deadline to renew license documents, you will incur a late fine.

Texas drivers are required to renew drivers license credentials in person at least one time every 12 years in order to update their fingerprints, photo and signature.

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How to Renew Your Drivers License in Texas

Eligible drivers will receive a Texas drivers license renewal notice in the mail. This reminder will include information such as when you are required to renew by and the renewal methods that you are eligible to use. The possible methods are:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • By phone.
  • In person.

If you do not receive your TX drivers license renewal notice, you are still required to renew within the allotted time.
DMV.com Note: There is no age limit for renewing drivers license credentials, as long as you meet the TX Department of Public Safety's criteria. Furthermore, Texas drivers can obtain a voter registration card when they go to get their drivers license renewed.

Online

To renew drivers license online in Texas, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Your last drivers license renewal took place at a local driver license office.
  • You are renewing a Class C or Class CM driving license.
  • Your drivers license expires in less than one year or it expired less than two years ago.
  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are between 18 and 78 years old.
  • Yours is not a provisional or learner license.
  • Your Social Security Number is on file.
  • Your driving license is valid.
  • Your driving license is not suspended, revoked, and you do not have any warrants or unpaid tickets.
  • Your physical (including vision) and mental condition have not changed in a way that would adversely affect your driving since the last time you went to renew driving license credentials.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, visit the Renewal portal and have with you:

  • Your drivers license.
  • The last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  • A Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card to pay the $25 fee.
  • A printer (to print out your temporary driving license).

By Mail

If you received a renewal notice by mail, follow the instructions for how to renew drivers license credentials and enclose a check or money order for the $25 fee if you are between 18 and 84. If you are 85 or older, the fee is $9.

By Phone

The eligibility requirements to renew expired drivers license over the phone are the same as those online. If you meet these requirements, call 1-866-DL RENEW (1-866-357-3639) and have a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card to pay the $25 fee.

In Person

If you are not eligible to renew by any other means or meet one of the following qualifications, you must go in person to a local driver license office to renew your drivers license:

  • You are 79 years old or older
  • You are a non-U.S. citizen
  • You are renewing a provisional license
  • You are younger than 18 years old

To renew your driving license, follow these steps:

  1. Present the necessary documents:
  2. Proof of identity:
    • Primary documents:
      • Driving license
      • Passport
    • Secondary documents:
      • Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
      • Court order showing name and date of birth and indicating a name change or gender change from a U.S. entity (original or certified copy)
    • Supporting documents:
      • Social Security card
      • W-2 form
  3. Two proofs of residency:
    • Valid voter registration card
    • Car registration certificate
  4. One proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security card
    • Health insurance card
  5. One proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence:
    • Passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) (non-U.S. citizens)
    • Foreign passport with attached temporary I-551 (non-U.S. citizens)
  6. Complete an Application for Renewal/Replacement/Change of a Texas Driver License or Identification Card (DL-43) form
  7. Give your current drivers license
  8. Take a photo
  9. Pay the renewal fee:
  10. If you are between 18 and 84 years old: $25
  11. If you are 85 years old or older: $9
  12. For a motorcycle endorsement and drivers license: $33
  13. For a temporary license (non-U.S. citizens): $25
  14. For a disabled military license: free
    • The TX driver license offices accept credit cards, cash, checks and money orders

Drivers may also be asked to take a vision test and a driving test, depending on their medical condition.

Out-of-State and Military Renewal

If you are out of state or on active duty when drivers license renewal approaches, you must renew your credentials online or by mail. Out-of-state and military residents must meet the online requirements in order to apply through the Renewal portal.
To renew by mail, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Out of State or Out of Country packet
  2. Complete the Out of State or Out of Country Renewal/Replacement/Change of Texas Driver License or Identification (DL/ID) Card application
  3. Put your Texas address in the address field
  4. Put your current out-of-state address in the mailing field
  5. Complete an Explanation for Eye Specialist (DL-63) form
  6. Complete an Exemption Certification for Class A or B Non-CDL Supplement to Texas Driver License Application(CDL-2) form, if applicable
  7. Mail the forms, a copy of your documents that verify your SSN and $25 renewal fee (check or money order payable to Texas DPS) to:
Texas Department of Public Safety 
PO Box 149008
Austin, TX 78714-9008    

Military residents that have been separated for less than 90 days and have a drivers license that has been expired for more than two years must also provide the following when they mail in their renewal application:

  1. A copy of the expired drivers license or ID card.
  2. A copy of the military ID card (front and back).

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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 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 Backlin... 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 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 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 on 27th Oct 2011

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Submitted by TXMom3 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!