Renewing Your License in Delaware
Renew Your Delaware Driver's License
If you plan to drive your vehicle in Delaware, you'll need to renew your DE driver's license with the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when it is near its expiration date (or in some cases, expired).
If you're looking for information about other types of driver's licenses, visit our following pages:
- Commercial driver’s license (CDL) renewals
- Identification cards
- Driver’s permits
- Motorcycle licenses
The DE DMV will mail you a renewal notice approximately 60 days before your driver's license is set to expire.
Class D (standard or permanent) driver's licenses must be renewed every 5 years to 8 years.
If you're curious about your driver's license status, you can always obtain a copy of your driving record.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver's License
For information on how to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged driver's license in Delaware, please read our page about Replacing a Lost License.
Expired Driver's License
Expired license renewals are handled in the same manner as current licenses, except the DE DMV will charge you a $10 late fee.
NOTE: If your name, date of birth, or Social Security number reported by the Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn't match what is on file with the DMV, you will not be allowed to renew your driver's license. Contact the Delaware DMV for more information.
Driver's license renewals must be completed in person at your local Delaware DMV office.
You will need to:
- Surrender your expiring DE driver's license.
- Complete the application form in person.
- Pass a vision test.
- Take the written and road tests, if required.
- Pay the required driver's license renewal fee.
- See “Fees to Renew Your DE Driver's License" below.
If you want to receive a DE driver's license that is compliant with the REAL ID Act, you'll need to show additional documentation proving your identity. For more information about the REAL ID Act, read our article.
If you are unable to renew your DE driver's license in person because you are living outside of the state temporarily, the DMV may grant you driving privileges for a period of 6 months after the expiration date. You'll need a signed request that includes the following information:
- Full name.
- Birth date and place of birth (city, state, country).
- Social Security number (SSN).
- Delaware driver's license number.
- Phone number.
- Fax number or e-mail address where you'd like your temporary driver's license to be sent to.
- Delaware address.
- Reason why you're out of state and the date of your return.
Fax your request to to (302) 744-2602 (“Attn: Driver License").
NOTE: If you're a non-U.S. citizen, call (302) 744-2506 for more information.
Military License Extension
If you're stationed outside of Delaware on active-military duty, you may renew your driver's license by mail. See our Drivers in the Military section for instructions.
The required fees for renewing your driver's license in Delaware is based on the length of your renewal:
- 5 years: $25.
- 6 years: $30.
- 7 years: $35.
- 8 years: $40.
If you have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license, you'll need to pay an additional fee for the following renewals:
- 5 years: $12.
- 8 years: $12.
NOTE: Endorsements are NOT available for licenses valid for 6 or 7 years.
Accepted Payment Methods
The Delaware DMV accepts the following payment methods:
- Money order.
- Debit card.
- VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards.
Be sure to contact your local Delaware DMV office for specific details on how to pay your renewal fees.
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