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    Renewing Your Driver’s License in Maryland

    When your Maryland driver’s license expires, you need to renew it with the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

    You can renew your driver license online, by mail, and in person.

    When to Renew Your MD Driver’s License

    Your Maryland driver license will be valid for 8 years if you are over 21 years old. In some circumstances, however, your drivers license may only be valid for anywhere from 5 years up to 8 years.

    You will receive a notice from the MVA when it is time to renew your license.

    Your renewal notice will inform you whether you can renew:

    • Online.
    • By mail.
    • At a MVA self-service kiosk.
    • In person.

    Your requirements vary based on whether your driver’s license is:

    • Valid.
    • Expired.
    • Suspended.
    • Lost, stolen, or damaged.

    NOTE: If you are under 21 years old, you cannot renew your driver’s license until your 21st birthday.

    Valid Drivers License

    If you hold a valid MD driver’s license and are over 25 years old, you can renew up to:

    • 6 months before your expiration date.
    • 1 year after your expiration date.

    The MD DMV will send you a renewal notice, which will list the renewal methods you are eligible for (see above).

    NOTE: If you have not received a renewal notice, visit your local MD DMV office to renew your Maryland driver license in person. Please see “In-Person Driver’s License Renewals” below.

    Expired Driver’s License

    If your Maryland driver license has been expired for more than 1 year, you’ll need to follow the same application process as applying for a new driver license. This includes passing the following exams:

    • Written driving knowledge test.
    • Written driving skills test.
    • Vision test.

    For more information, please see our pages on Applying for a New MD License (Drivers 18+) or Applying for a New MD License (Teen Drivers).

    Suspended Driver’s License

    If you have a suspended MD driver license, you’ll need to reinstate your driving privileges before you can renew.

    For more information, please see our Suspended License in Maryland page.

    Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver’s License

    If your Maryland driver license is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can either replace it or renew it if it’s due for renewal.

    For information on requesting a replacement driver’s license, please see our guide on Replacing a Lost License in Maryland.

    If you choose to renew your MD driver’s license in person, you may need to prove your identity with documents such as your:

    • U.S. passport.
    • Original or certified birth certificate.

    Online & Self-Service Kiosk Renewal

    To renew your MD driver license online or at a Maryland MVA kiosk, you must:

    • Be over 21 years old.
    • Have a Social Security number (SSN) on file with the MD MVA, or a “U” restriction.
    • Have a valid and unexpired Maryland driver’s license.
    • Be renewing a non-commercial driver license.
    • Be a Maryland resident.
    • Have a digital signature on file with the Maryland MVA.
    • Have renewed your last MD driver’s license in person.

    Within 10 business days, you will receive your new Maryland driver license in the mail.

    Online

    To renew your MD driver license online, use the Maryland MVA FastTrack system and provide:

    • Your MD driver’s license number.
    • Your date of birth.
    • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN) or your MVA PIN.
    • A credit/debit card or your bank account information to pay the renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your MD Driver’s License” section below.)

    Self-Service Kiosk

    MVA self-service kiosks are located at Maryland MVA offices. Visit a Maryland MVA office in person and follow the instructions on the screen.

    You will need a check, credit/debit card, or cash to pay the renewal fee (see the “Fees to Renew Your MD Driver’s License” section below).

    By-Mail Driver’s License Renewal

    If you are eligible for a mail-in renewal, the MD MVA will send you a Maryland Mail-In Driver License Renewal Application (Form DL-179A or DL-179B) before your driver’s license expires.

    To renew your MD driver’s license by mail, you’ll need to:

    • Complete the renewal application.
    • Meet the vision requirements, if you are 40 years old or older.
    • Ask your eye doctor to complete the Vision Certification section of the application.
    • Include a check for your renewal payment.
      • (See the “Fees to Renew Your MD Driver’s License” section below.)

    You should receive your new MD driver’s license in the mail within 10 business days.

    NOTE: The Maryland MVA may determine you are not eligible for a mail-in renewal after your application is received. If you are not, you will receive a notification to visit your local MD Motor Vehicle Administration office to complete the renewal process.

    In-Person Driver License Renewal

    To renew your MD driver’s license in person, visit your local MD DMV office. You’ll need to:

    • Bring your current MD driver’s license.
    • Prove your SSN, with documents such as your:
      • Social Security card.
      • W-2 form.
      • 1099 form.
    • Have your photo taken.
    • Provide a new signature.
    • Pay the renewal fee.
      • (See the “Fees to Renew Your MD Driver’s License” section below.)

    You will be given your new Maryland driver’s license at the MD DMV office.

    Military Members and Out-of-State Renewals

    Military Members

    If you are an active-duty military member, you have a grace period of 30 days after returning to Maryland or being discharged from active duty to renew your MD driver license. This also applies to your spouse and dependents.

    NOTE: If your Maryland driver’s license has been expired for more than 1 year, you’ll need to visit a MD MVA office and provide your:

    • Expired MD driver’s license.
    • Military orders.
    • Military ID.

    If the grace period of 30 days is over or you cannot provide all of the documents above, you will need to retake the:

    • Vision exam.
    • Driving knowledge test.
    • Driving skills test.

    Out-of-State Maryland Residents

    If you are out of state when your MD driver’s license expires, but you will return to Maryland within 45 days, you can request a free temporary driver’s license that is valid for 45 days.

    You’ll need to write a letter that includes:

    • Your full name.
    • Your date of birth.
    • Your MD drivers license number.
    • Your MD address.
    • Your out-of-state address.
    • Your phone number.
    • The reason for your temporary driver’s license request.
    • Your signature.
    • The date of your request.

    Fax the letter to (410) 787-2988, or mail it to:

    MVA
    Absent from State Unit
    Driver Services Division
    6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
    Glen Burnie, MD 21062

    If you will be out-of-state for more than 45 days, you must contact the Maryland MVA Absent from State Unit to obtain the necessary renewal forms and instructions.

    Contact them by:

    • E-mail: mvacs@mdot.state.md.us.
    • Phone: (410) 768-7000.
      • TTY/hearing impaired: (301) 729-4563.
    • Fax: (410) 787-2988.
    • Mail:
        MVA
        Absent from State Unit
        Driver Services Division
        6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
        Glen Burnie, MD 21062

    Non-U.S. Citizen Driver License Renewal

    If you are a non-U.S. citizen and need to renew your temporary MD driver’s license, visit any Maryland DMV office and bring your:

    • Current temporary MD driver’s license.
    • Updated documents proving your legal U.S. presence.
    • Social Security number or proof of your ineligibility.
    • Payment.
      • (See the “Fees to Renew Your MD Driver’s License” section below.)

    NOTE: Your temporary MD driver’s license is valid for the duration of your legal presence.

    Fees to Renew Your MD Driver’s License

    Maryland driver’s licenses cost $6 per year.

    It will cost you the following fees to renew your MD drivers license:

    • $30 – valid for 5 years.
    • $36 – valid for 6 years.
    • $42 – valid for 7 years.
    • $48 – valid for 8 years.

    A temporary driver’s license will be prorated depending on the length of your legal stay.