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How to Renew a Driver's License in Virginia

Virginia Drivers License Renewal

Residents can renew drivers licenses in Virginia in a variety of different ways including in person, online and by mail. Prior to their drivers license renewal date, drivers will receive a renewal notification from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles - either by mail or electronically - indicating which method of renewal for which they are eligible. All drivers are required to apply for a DMV license renewal in person at least every other renewal cycle. Renewing drivers licenses in VA is allowed up to one year prior to the expiration date of the credential. To find out more information on how to renew drivers licenses in Virginia, continue reading below.

How to Renew Your VA Driver's License



Renew Virginia Drivers License

Note: Drivers can verify the expiration date of their driver's license by locating it on the front of their card.


To apply for a Virginia drivers license renewal, drivers must first be certain of which renewal method is available to them. Drivers must apply for a drivers license renewal in person at a VA DMV location every other renewal period. The preferred methods of renewal, which are online and by mail, are open to residents who meet certain eligibility criteria. The notice to renew your VA drivers license will be mailed to your address on file with the DMV. Residents who have opted for electronic notifications from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will instead receive an email or text reminder of their upcoming driver's license expiration date.

Fees

The VA driving license renewal fee is the same as the cost to obtain an original VA driver's license. The drivers license fee is $32 for an eight-year license without classes or endorsements. Driver's license holders who are eligible to renew by mail or phone but choose to renew in person will be charged an additional $5 fee. VA drivers license renewal fees are payable by cash, check, money order and debit or credit card.

When to Renew Your Virginia Driver's License

Virginia drivers can renew their expiring drivers licenses up to one year before the expiration date. Drivers licenses are typically renewed for a period of eight years and will expire on the date of birth of the holder. Residents 75 years of age and older will be issued a drivers license set to expire five years after issuance. Individuals required to register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry will also be issued a five-year driver's license.

Expired License

Residents are required to renew expired drivers licenses within one year of expiration to avoid having to re-take the entire drivers license examination. Drivers who hold an expired drivers license will need to present proof of legal presence when applying for a renewed drivers license. Though, if you have shown proof of lawful presence in the United States to the VA DMV since January 1, 2004 the you are exempt from this requirement.

Note: The VA drivers license exam includes a knowledge test and road skills test. To prepare for the written portion of your exam, order a copy of our Virginia DMV practice test. It contains over 100 sample questions to help prepare you for the actual live test.

Requirements to Renew a Virginia License

Drivers renewing drivers licenses in Virginia must either visit a DMV office or use one of the preferred renewal methods: online or by mail. All license holders are required to visit a VA DMV location to renew their drivers license every other renewal cycle. Drivers applying in person must present the following type of documentation:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States.
  • Proof of Virginia residency.
  • Proof of Social Security number.

VA Drivers License Online Renewal

License holders may renew drivers licenses online in Virginia if they meet the required guidelines. Drivers license renewal applicants with a valid noncommercial drivers license that has not suspended, revoked or cancelled are eligible to apply for credentials online and also by mail. Those permitted to apply for online drivers license renewals must log on to their MyDMV account on the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles DMV Now website. Applicants must enter identifying information into the system and provide a major credit card for payment in order to complete the online application process.

Renewing Your VA Drivers License in Person

To renew drivers licenses in person at a Virginia DMV office, license holders must present the appropriate documentation. Drivers who are required to apply for DMV license renewals include those who applied online or by mail during their previous renewal cycle and those who do not meet the requirements to apply using one of those preferred renewals methods. In-person drivers license renewal applicants must present the following documentation to obtain a drivers license:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States.
  • Proof of Virginia residency.
  • Proof of Social Security number.

Non-U.S. Citizen

Drivers license renewals in Virginia are not granted to residents who are only authorized to be in the country on a temporary basis. Non-US citizens renewing drivers licenses will instead be issued a limited duration license that will be processed as an original driver's license. Applicants can only be issued an additional limited duration drivers license if they are not within 30 days of their last day of legal presence in the United States.

Out-of-State Renewals

Virginia residents may request a drivers license renewal packet if they are temporarily located outside the state for an extended period of time. The types of residents who may need to renew their drivers licenses by mail include members of the military and other federal government employees stationed out-of-state.

Residents who choose to apply for drivers license renewal by mail must request a renewal packet. The packet contains the following documents that need to be completed and returned to the Virginia DMV:

  • Vision Screening Report.
  • Drivers license application form.
  • Virginia residency reestablishment or exception form.
  • Drivers license payment authorization form.

The Vision Screening Report must be completed in English by a licensed eye care professional in the country in which the applicant is temporarily residing. Motorists renewing drivers licenses by mail while they are away must have a digital image on file with the DMV.

Drivers License Extensions

Driver's license extensions are may be obtained in lieu of VA drivers license renewals for residents that are employees of the federal government who are issued orders to serve out of the state or abroad. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver's license extensions to the following types of residents:

  • Members of the U.S military.
  • Diplomats and/or Foreign Service members.
  • U.S. Government contractors or civilians.

The above mentioned residents and their accompanying dependents must request the appropriate extension packet from the VA DMV. Applicants must complete and sign the documents contained in the packet and return them along with proof of travel orders and employee identification cards and/or US passports.

Once the documents are received by the DMV office, the applicants will be issued a drivers license extension card that must be carried along with an expired drivers license in order to validate the credential.

Submitted by chickcove on 19th Sep 2016

I have searched for 30

I have searched for 30 minutes to see what documents are required to renew a driver's license that has expired. All I can learn here is that I have to renew in person. And I will need to prove legal presence. What does that entail? It seems I'll have to wait in line once to learn what is necessary and then return. Why isn't the info here online? The "proof of legal presence" link just gives an error, file not found.

Submitted by minibluebird on 27th Oct 2014

I renewed my registration,

I renewed my registration, but everything was mailed to my old address. I keep calling the DMV so that they can send it to the new address, but the line is always busy or an automated message comes on saying to call back another time. Is there a way to request this online instead? Thanks

Submitted by byrdlegs (not verified) on 2nd Jun 2012

I tried to conduct business

I tried to conduct business online, but none of the links work. Now I have to go to the DMV with the "third worlders" and wait for half a day. And you wonder why America hates their government.

Submitted by famercado (not verified) on 6th Jan 2012

I renewed my drivers license

I renewed my drivers license by mail before it expired and it was lost, either by the post office or the DMV. Nobody is responsible for this, now I have to do it in person which means to be in long lines in the DMV, may have to loose all my Saturday morning. Doesn't feel right that nobody is responsible for this.

Submitted by Monalizaf (not verified) on 13th Aug 2011

We just came back from sea

We just came back from sea duty and my driver license expired,and were coming back here in Va.Beach which we left 2006. When I look at the DMV to see what I need to renew it I never found my name or my D.L.number (http://D.L.number) anymore,

Please advice..

V/r

Submitted by Anonymous on 4th Apr 2011

If I'm 21 do I have to turn

If I'm 21 do I have to turn my license around even if it doesn't expire?

Submitted by Anonymous on 1st Mar 2011

review mi driver license

review mi driver license

Submitted by Anonymous on 16th Feb 2011

when you call the number on

when you call the number on website it is incorrect; it gives you a new number 804-497-7100. This needs to also be changed on the website.

thank you

Submitted by Anonymous on 15th Feb 2011

DMV web site is just as hard

DMV web site is just as hard to get questions answered on than going into the place is...

Submitted by Anonymous on 13th Feb 2011

Dealing with DMV either

Dealing with DMV either online or in person continues to be one of lifes most frustrating experiences. The web site is almost as unfreindly as the employees at the DMV ofices.

Submitted by Anonymous on 31st Jan 2011

Can I use my Comcast bill as

Can I use my Comcast bill as the proof of address? Thanks

Submitted by Anonymous on 21st Jan 2011

i could just like to say for

i could just like to say for those who live out of state, such as living in CA, who have lost or missed placed, or had their birth certificate and has to wait at leat 6-months from CA, there has to be an easier system to be able to get my license renewed. i currently live in the hampton Roads area and in order for me to do anything, including getting a certified copy of my birth certificate, i need a license, but because VA requires the certificate upfront, when u already have on file, when i had to bring to get my license in the first place it extremely frustrating to me. you already have it on file and is making it very hard for me to do anything such as getting a car and car insurance. there has to be some kind of exception to situations like this to allow someone to renew...especially since i never received a notice to remind me because i am human and make mistakes. also, i had called the DMV a few weeks prior to my license expiring to optain my driving record for employment purposes and someone at that time could have informed me of the information so that i could have ordered with them or went to the DMV. There should be a better system implemented. oh, and by the way, i have been waiting for my birth certificate since april and m license expired in march...do the math people

Submitted by swhitfield512 (not verified) on 7th Apr 2010

Good Afternoon, I've been

Good Afternoon,

I've been trying to renew my driver's license online for the past hour with no success. When I get to step 2a of the Renew Driver's License screen, and click on submit, it takes forever for the screen to advance. I've had to close the screen several times and try to resubmit, however the problem still exist. I'll try it again later today. Maybe it's too many people accessing the site at the same time. If that doesn't work, I guess I'll have to call it in.

Submitted by cyhertzler (not verified) on 21st Sep 2009

i did try to renew at the dmv

i did try to renew at the dmv and ran into all kinds of trouble with the employees here in charlottesville va. in the end my license was not renewed and i have had all kinds of trouble due to this problem. I do not have a birth cert so a whole year later I am still waiting for this to come since it has been amended twice. I have spent hours and hours on the phone and cannot get the district manager to even listen or understand my problem. this is the worst year of my adult life and here in a few days I will need to retake the tests even if my birth cert does come-finally. dmv in charlottesville-u r not cool and the employees are very rude. -cynthia rose hertzler

Submitted by boofulone04 (not verified) on 16th May 2009

I will renew in person! I

I will renew in person! I have an address change, from my father's house as well as I need to update all information on my lic as well. I have no health insurance and know that my information need's to be updated as well. I got my lic when I turned 18. But, still have the permit format. I use to have a Oldsmobile Ciera that my mother got screwed over with and need to fix anything that involves me and that car as well. I do not live with either of them and apologize for the delay. I want to take care of this and make a complaint as well.. Thank you for your time and am trying to make it down some time this week.

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