Determine the Status of Your LicenseRenew-License
License must be renewed within 60 days of the day it expires.
In California proof of financial responsibility is required.
You can renew a valid Class C, Class M1/M2 (motorcycle), or Noncommercial Class A or B license online, in person or by mail every four years.
If your license has expired you have the same options to renew as those who hold a valid driver’s license. Although the DMV wont charge additional fees, you could be cited by the police if you are caught with an expired license.
If your license is suspended, you will be required to pay a fee of $100 to $125 to have it reissued. You must show proof of insurance.
Check Your Renewal Notice Renew-License
To determine the best way to renew your license review the renewal notice received in the mail that will explain the expiration date of your current license.
The DMV may require older drivers to renew in person and retake a written exam. If this is the case it is best to make an appointment at your local DMV office.
Have your renewal notice handy and take note of the renewal identification number.
Have your drivers license number available, current address and be sure your Social Security number is on record at the DMV.
If paying by check, be sure to include the bank routing number and account number. The $28 renewal fee can also be paid by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.
Renew by MailRenew-License
If you are renewing by mail do so only if your license expires in 60 days or less, you are younger than 69 years old, you are not under driving probation or suspension and you have only renewed by mail twice in a row.
To renew by mail you must obtain a renewal notice to send along with the $28 fee. Mail the form and fee to:
Mail the notice (or form) and fee to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Renewal by Mail Unit
P.O. Box 942890
Sacramento, CA 94290-0001
Renew in personRenew-License
If you are not eligible to renew online and make an appointment at the nearest DMV office.
Have your current license and the $28 fee (cash, check or ATM card).
You will need to fill out Form 44 available at any DMV office. You will be required to give a thumbprint and have your photo taken as well as complete a vision exam. Some renewal applicants may be required to take a short written exam.
You will receive a 60-day interim license. Your actual license will be mailed.
Update Your Driving SkillsRenew-License
You renew your driver’s license every four years. Its a good idea to refresh your road skills. Some insurance companies offer a discount for taking a supplemental or refresher course.