Renew your Maryland driver's license

Determine the Status of Your LicenseRenew-License

You must carry a valid driver’s license and at least a minimum amount of car insurance to drive legally. If you are unsure about the status of your license, you can order a copy of your driving record.

Valid License
Your class C and motorcycle licenses must be renewed every five years. The renewal requirements for commercial licenses are different.

Expired License
You have until one year after your license expires to have it renewed. After that, you must retake all the tests.

Suspended License
If you’ve gotten too many traffic citations or a DUI, your license could be suspended. Check your driving record to find out if your license was suspended or revoked and how to get it back. You may want to shop for new car insurance, too, since your rates are likely to increase.

Lost License
If your license was lost or stolen, report it immediately and get a new one right away.

Check Your Renewal NoticeRenew-License

Renewal notices are mailed about 60 days before your license expires. It will tell you if you can renew by mail or if you must go to an MVA office in person.

Vision Test
If you are 40 or older, you must have a vision test. This can be done at an MVA office, or, if you’re renewing by mail, you can have your optometrist sign a form.

Renew OnlineRenew-License

This option is not offered.

Renew By MailRenew-License

You may renew by mail every other renewal cycle. If you answer "no" to each question on the renewal postcard, you may renew by mail. Answering "yes" to any of the questions means you’ll have to go to an MVA office. If you wait until 15 days from the expiration date, you must also renew in person. The renewal fee is $30.

Renew In PersonRenew-License

Gather your renewal card, expiring license, and Social Security number to bring to an MVA office, where you’ll take a vision test. The renewal fee is $30.

Update Your Driving SkillsRenew-License

Now is a good time to update your driving skills and safety knowledge. Consider taking a supplemental driving class. Your insurance company may even give you a discount for doing so.