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    Renew Your Driver’s License in New Hampshire

    You will need to renew your New Hampshire driver’s license before it expires if you plan to continue driving in the state.

    For information about renewing your New Hampshire commercial driver license (CDL) or ID card, see our pages on Renewing Your CDL in New Hampshire or Identification Cards in New Hampshire.

    When to Renew Your NH Driver’s License

    The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will mail you a renewal notice 2 months before your driver’s license is due to expire. However, you may renew your valid NH driver’s license up to 6 months before the expiration date.

    Your NH driver’s license status will determine how and when you can renew your license. Read below to find out more about the requirements for each driver’s license status in New Hampshire.

    If you have changed your name or address, see our Changing Your Name in New Hampshire and Changing Your Address in New Hampshire pages for more information.

    Valid Driver’s License

    You may renew your valid NH driver’s license up to 6 months before it expires. When you renew in person, the NH DMV will mail your updated NH driver’s license within 60 days.

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    Expired Driver’s License

    Pay attention to the red expiration date on the front of your license. When your NH driver license passes that date, you cannot drive until you renew it.

    If your New Hampshire driver’s license is expired, you must renew it at your local NH DMV office. See the “In-Person Driver’s License Renewals” section below. You will also need to bring the following documents:

    • If your NH driver’s license has been expired for more than 1 year but less than 3 years:
      • 2 documents to prove your identity.
      • Proof of your NH residency.
    • If your NH driver’s license has been expired for more than 3 years:
      • 2 documents to prove your identity.
      • Proof of your NH residency.
      You will also need to pass a vision test, knowledge test, and skills test.

    Suspended Driver’s Licenses

    If your New Hampshire driver’s license is suspended, you will need to reinstate it first before you can renew it.

    The length of your NH driver’s license suspension will vary depending on your type of conviction.

    If you’re required to show proof of insurance to the NH DMV, the SR-22 certificate is your only option.

    You can find more about NH suspended licenses by visiting our Suspended License in New Hampshire page.

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    Lost or Stolen Driver’s License

    If your NH driver’s license is lost or stolen, read our page about Replacing a Lost License in New Hampshire to learn how to obtain a duplicate copy.

    You can still renew your NH driver’s license, but you’ll need to prove your identity in person if you don’t have a photo on file with the NH DMV.

    For a complete list of accepted identification documents in New Hampshire, please visit the NH DMV website.

    Online Driver’s License Renewal

    If you’re eligible to renew your NH driver license online, you’ll receive a renewal notice in the mail containing a 10-digit renewal identification number (RIN).

    To renew your NH driver’s license online, visit the New Hampshire online renewal system. You will need:

    • Your NH driver’s license number (including the issue date on the back).
    • Payment for the $50 renewal fee. See the “Fees to Renew Your NH Driver’s License” section below.

    There are no additional fees to use the New Hampshire online renewal service.

    Your current photo on file will be used for your renewed NH driver’s license. You will need to print your temporary NH driver’s license to use until your new card arrives in the mail.

    NOTE: If you are renewing your license before your 21st birthday, be sure to renew no more than 1 week before your NH driver’s license expires.

    In-Person Driver’s License Renewal

    You’ll receive a renewal notice approximately 2 months before your New Hampshire driver’s license expires. However, you can renew it in person up to 6 months before this date.

    To renew your NH driver’s license in person at your local NH DMV office, you will need to:

    • Provide your current New Hampshire driver’s license.
      • If you do not have your NH driver’s license, you can use your photo on file to verify your identity.
    • Submit a completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form DSMV450).
    • Pass a vision test.
    • Have a new photo taken.
    • Pay the $50 renewal fee. See “Fees to Renew Your NH Driver’s License” below.

    The NH DMV will issue you a temporary “paper license.” that is valid for 60 days. Your renewed New Hampshire driver license will arrive in the mail within 60 days.

    Non-Citizen Driver’s License Renewal

    Permanent Resident, Asylee, or Refugee

    If you’re a non-U.S. citizen (permanent resident, asylee or refugee) and you previously submitted an I-94 form or green card, you may renew your NH driver’s license in person at your local New Hampshire DMV office.

    You will need your:

    • Current New Hampshire driver license.
    • Valid I-94 form/number or permanent resident card.
    • Completed Application For Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form DSMV450).
    • Payment for the $50 renewal fee. See the “Fees to Renew Your NH Driver’s License” section below.

    Temporary Residents

    If you’re living in New Hampshire on a U.S. visa or work employment card, you must renew your NH driver’s license at the main Concord DMV office and bring your:

    • Valid New Hampshire driver license.
    • Current visa or work employment card, plus:
      • If you’re holding a U.S. visa, you must show documents showing your visa is extended or pending an extension.
      • If you’re holding a Work Employment Card (EAD), you must bring your valid EAD or documents showing your application for a new EAD.
    • Application For Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form DSMV450).
    • Payment for the $50 renewal fee. See the “Fees to Renew Your NH Driver’s License” section below.
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    Military & Out-of-State NH Residents

    Military Members

    Your renewal fee will be waived if you have served in active military duty for 2 years or more, and at the time of enlistment, you were:

    • Holding a NH driver’s license.
    • A resident of New Hampshire.

    NOTE: While stationed out-of state, all military members and their spouses may renew by mail an unlimited number of times.

    If you are stationed out of state on active military duty, you can renew your NH driver’s license by mail. You will need a:

    NOTE: You must provide a New Hampshire address on your application.

    Mail the above documents to:

    NH Dept. of Safety
    DMV - Driver Licensing
    23 Hazen Drive
    Concord, NH 03305

    If you do not have a current photo on file, the NH DMV will send you a driver’s license without a photograph. When you return to New Hampshire, you must visit a NH DMV office and have your picture taken.

    Military Member Spouses

    If you’re the spouse of an active New Hampshire military, you can renew your NH driver’s license by mail. You will need:

    Mail the above to:

    NH Dept. of Safety
    DMV - Driver Licensing
    23 Hazen Drive
    Concord, NH 03305

    Extensions for Out-of-State NH Residents

    You may be eligible for a extension of your NH driver’s license for 6 months while you’re outside of New Hampshire if:

    • Your current photo is on file with the NH DMV.
    • Your NH driver license is not suspended or revoked.
    • You don’t have any outstanding fees or fines with the NH DMV.

    To apply for a driver license extension with the New Hampshire DMV, you will need:

    Mail your forms and payment to:

    NH Dept. of Safety
    DMV - Driver Licensing
    23 Hazen Drive
    Concord, NH 03305

    When you return to New Hampshire, you’ll need to complete the renewal process in person at your local NH DMV office.

    Fees to Renew Your NH Driver’s License

    It will cost you the following fees to renew your driver’s license in New Hampshire:

    • Renewal fee: $50.
    • Moped: $8.
    • Motorcycle or 3-wheel endorsement additional fee: $5.

    Accepted Payment Methods

    For online transactions, you can make payment with any of the following credit cards:

    • American Express.
    • MasterCard.
    • VISA.

    For most NH DMV transactions in person, you can pay by:

    • Credit card.
      • MasterCard.
      • VISA.
      • American Express.
    • Cash.
    • Personal checks, money orders, or traveler's checks.
      • Made payable to the "State of NH - DMV.”

    For transactions by mail, payment must be made by check (and payable to “State of NH – DMV.”)

    Contact your local NH driver license office for more information about accepted payment methods.

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