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    Determine the Status of Your License

    You must have a valid license to drive within the state, so be sure to keep track of when your license expires. You may renew your license up to 25 months before it expires.

    If you are 21 to 62 years old, you may choose to renew your license every 4 years ($30) or 8 years ($55). If you're older than 62 years old, you must renew for 4 years.

    If you are 18 to 20 years old, your license expires when you turn 21 years old. You can't renew before that point, and you only have 5 days after that to renew or your license will expire.

    If you are 15 to 17 years old, your license expires when you turn 18 years old. Again, you can't renew before that point, and you only have 5 days after that to renew or your license will expire.

    Of course, you'll need to have auto insurance that meets the state's requirements, too. Visit our Insurance Center if you need to get insurance, or if you're looking for another provider.

    Valid License

    Class D (standard) licenses must be renewed every 4 years or 8 years, depending upon the situation. (If you're a commercial driver, refer to our Renewing Your CDL page to learn about your circumstance.) While everyone may renew in person at a driver's license office, only some may renew by mail (see below).

    If you're unsure about your license status, you can check it by obtaining a copy of your driving record.

    Expired License

    If your license has been expired for 25 months or longer, you will need to re-take all of your licensing exams. To renew your expired license, follow the same procedure as those with current licenses. If you're wondering about the status of your license, you can buy a copy of your driving record.

    Suspended License

    Suspended license issues can be complex. To help clarify matters, you can check on your license status at any time by purchasing a copy of your driving record. Because your insurance rates will likely go up, it's also a good idea to check our Insurance Center to find the most affordable rates for you.

    Consult our Suspended License page to learn how to reinstate your license, and find out the fees you'll have to pay.

    Lost License

    Those who need a replacement license should visit our Replacing a Lost License section to learn what to do.

    Check Your Renewal Notice

    If you're eligible to renew by mail, you'll receive a mail renewal application from the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) about 60 days before your license expiration date.

    Even if you're eligible, you may still renew in person if you prefer. You don't need to bring any sort of renewal notice with you if renewing in person.

    Renew in Person

    When it's time to renew your license, head to a a driver's license office with your current license and be prepared to:

    • Take a vision test (and written test, if deemed necessary).
    • Pay the appropriate fee.

    The examiner may request that you take a skills test or undergo a medical examination before your license will be renewed.

    Renew by Mail

    With a few exceptions, only those 21 to 69 years old who received a mail renewal application can renew their license by this method. And, if you decide to do so, you can only do it once every 8 years.

    To renew by this method:

    1. Complete the application form.
    2. Gather your fee payment.
    3. Send everything to the address listed on the form.

    You'll receive either a validation sticker (to be placed on your current license) or a brand new license, depending on your situation. Those who renew by mail must pay an extra $1 fee.

    Members of the Military

    If you're an active member of the military, you may request a extension for 4 years for your expiring license. This also applies to your dependents. See our Drivers in the Military section for instructions.

    Civilians Temporarily Out-of-State

    Remember, you can renew your license up to 25 months in advance of its expiration date. But, if you're outside of Idaho when your license expires, you may request an extension of your license for 12 months at $10. Contact the DMV at (208) 334-8735 for instructions.

    Renew Online

    You can't renew your license online, so you'll need to do so in person or through the mail.

    Update Your Driving Skills

    It can be a long time between license renewals. So, it's important to keep your driving knowledge and skills sharp. Completing a traffic school course is a smart way to accomplish this, and doing so may even save you money on your insurance premiums. Contact your provider to see if you qualify, or visit our Insurance Center and find carriers that offer the discount.

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