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    Renewing Your Driver’s License in New York

    To continue driving in New York, you must renew your driver’s license and keep it up to date.

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

    When to Renew Your NY Driver’s License

    The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will mail your renewal notice about 50 days before your NY driver’s license expires. As a convenience, you can renew your valid NYS driver’s license at any time up to 1 year before its expiration date.

    If you have a NY driver’s license that expires when you turn 21 years old, you will receive a NY driver’s license:

    • Without “UNDER 21” displayed, if you renew within 40 days before your card expires.
    • With “UNDER 21” displayed, if you renew more than 41 days before your card expires.

    The status of your NY driver’s license is going to determine when and how you may renew your license. Read below for the requirements for each type of NY state driver’s license status:

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

    To find out the status of your NY state driver’s license, you will need to visit the NY DMV website and sign up for a MyDMV account.

    Valid Driver’s License

    If you have a valid NY driver license, you can renew it up to 1 year before and no more than 2 years after it expires.

    If you’re an active military member, your valid NYS driver’s license can be extended during your service and for a period after your discharge. See the “Military Renewals in New York” section below for more information.

    Expired Driver’s License

    If it has been 2 years or less since your NY driver’s license expired, you can still renew it.

    If you wait more than 2 years after your NY driver’s license expires, you must reapply for a driver license in New York. This process includes a vision test, written test, road test, and pre-licensing course.

    For more information, please read our pages about applying for a NY license for adult drivers age 18 and over or teen drivers.

    NOTE: Do NOT drive if your NY driver license or learner’s permit has expired. If an officer pulls you over, you will be cited and responsible for paying any fines, surcharges, and other penalties.

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    Suspended Driver's License

    If your New York driver license is suspended/revoked, you cannot renew it. You may instead apply for a NY state ID card. The New York DMV will ask you to surrender your NYS driver’s license.

    Visit our pages about NY Identification Cards and NY Suspended Licenses for more information.

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    Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver’s License

    If your NY driver’s license has been lost, stolen, or damaged, and you need it to prove your identity when renewing, read our page about Replacing a Lost License in New York.

    NY Driver License Renewal Requirements

    The New York Department of Motor Vehicles allows you to renew NY driver licenses online up to 1 year before and no more than 2 years after it expires.

    You may renew your NY driver license online, by mail, or in person at your local New York DMV office.

    NOTE: If you would like to update your NY driver’s license photo, you must apply in person.

    You should allow 2 weeks from the date the NY DMV processes your application to receive your renewed NY driver license by mail. You may check the mailing status of your renewal application on the NY DMV website. You’ll need to provide your:

    • Client ID number OR name.
    • Date of birth.
    • Gender.

    Vision Test Requirements

    Whether you’re renewing your NY driver’s license online, by mail, or in person, you must provide proof of your vision test.

    If your optometrist is registered in the DMV Online Vision Registry, the NY DMV will be notified automatically.

    If you’re eligible to renew online, you’ll be asked whether you:

    • Use a hearing aid or full-view mirror.
    • Were treated for the loss of the use of a leg, arm, foot, or eye, or other conditions that cause unconsciousness.

    Otherwise, when you renew your NY driver’s license by mail or in person, you can provide a Vision Test Report (Form MV-619).

    Please visit the New York DMV website for more information about the NY driver license vision test.

    Non-U.S. Citizens

    If your optometrist is located out of the country, he or she can complete the Vision Test Report (Form MV-619) but it must:

    • Include a professional license number.
    • Show the results in English.
    • Show results on the “Snellen Visual Acuity Scale.”

    Name Changes with Renewal

    If you’ve changed your name, you can still renew your NY driver’s license before changing your name with the NY DMV; however, your previous name will show on your new card.

    For more information on how to change your name on your NY driver’s license, please view our page about Changing Your Name in New York.

    Address Changes with Renewal

    If you’ve changed your address, you must first change your address on the NY MyDMV system before renewing your NY driver license. You cannot change your address during the renewal process.

    There is no guarantee the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will forward all your NY DMV documents to your new mailing address.

    Organ Donation & License Renewal

    You can sign up to be an organ donor when you renew your NY driver’s license. You must check the appropriate box when asked about being added to the Donate Life Registry.

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    NY Voter Registration

    If you are not already registered to vote in New York, you can register through the NY DMV while renewing your driver’s license. For more information about voting in New York, visit our NY Voter Registration page.

    Online License Renewals in NY

    If you’re eligible to renew your NY driver license online, you’ll need to visit the New York State MyDMV website and create an account, if you do not already have one.

    There are no additional fees to use the NY MyDMV online renewal service. To find out how much your NY driver’s license renewal will cost, see the “Fees to Renew Your NY Driver License” section below.

    Eligibility Requirements

    You cannot renew your New York driver’s license online if you have:

    • NOT provided your Social Security number to the NY DMV previously.
    • A regular NY driver license and would like to convert to an Enhanced Driver License (EDL).
    • A conditional, suspended, revoked, or restricted driver license.
    • A NY driver’s license that shows “Valid Without Photo.”
    • Residency outside of the United States (including military addresses).
    • A vision or hearing restriction you would like to remove.
    • A different address than what is listed on your NY DMV records.

    The Department of Motor Vehicles provides additional NY driver’s license online renewal restrictions.

    By-Mail Driver License Renewals

    To renew your NY driver’s license with by mail, you’ll need:

    • Proof of your vision test results (see the “NY Driver License Renewal Requirements” section above for more information).
    • A completed and signed NY driver’s license renewal notice.
    • Payment (see the “Fees to Renew Your NY Driver License” section below).

    To receive your renewed card by regular mail, send the above to the address on the form.

    To receive your renewed card by express mail, send the above plus a pre-paid, pre-addressed express mail envelope to the address listed on the form.

    The New York DMV will send your renewed NY driver license within 2 weeks of processing.

    NOTE: The “mailing date” is not considered the “processing date.”

    In-Person Driver License Renewals

    The New York DMV will send your NY driver’s license renewal notice approximately 50 days before the expiration date.

    To renew your NY driver license in person at your local NY DMV office, you’ll need:

    • A completed and signed renewal notice.
    • If you do not have your renewal notice, complete an Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form MV-44).
    • Proof of your vision test results (see the “NY Driver License Renewal Requirements” section above for more information).
    • Payment. See the “Fees to Renew Your NY Driver License” section below.

    Military Driver License Renewals in NY

    If you’re stationed outside of New York on active military duty, you can have your valid NYS driver’s license extended. You’ll need to complete and mail a Notification of Military Service (Form MV-75) to the address specified on the form.

    If your NY driver license expires before you’re able to complete and submit your form, you must mail the form and a letter from your commanding officer validating:

    • The date you entered military service (must be earlier than the date your NYS driver license expired).
    • Your active duty status.

    After submitting your form, you may renew your driver license by mail, or submit your NY driver license renewal when you return to New York.

    Fees to Renew Your NY Driver License

    Each of the following NY driver’s licenses is valid for 8 years. See below for information about supplemental fees and whether or not they apply to you.

    • Class E :
      • $112.50 (without MCTD fee).
      • $128.50 (including MCTD fee).
    • Class D, Class DJ or Non-CDL Class C:
      • $64.50 (without MCTD fee)
      • $80.50 (including MCTD fee).
    • Class M or Class MJ:
      • $72.50 (without MCTD fee)
      • $88.50 (including MCTD fee).

    If you also have a Class M or Class MJ endorsement on your Class E, D, DJ, or non-CDL Class C license, you will need to add $8 to the above fee.

    Supplemental Fees

    NOTE: If you live within the following counties, you must pay a supplemental fee of $1 to the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MCTD) for every 6 months your driver license is valid:

    • Bronx.
    • Kings (Brooklyn).
    • New York (Manhattan).
    • Queens.
    • Richmond (Staten Island).
    • Dutchess.
    • Nassau.
    • Orange.
    • Putnam.
    • Rockland.
    • Suffolk.
    • Westchester.

    The NY driver license renewal fees above list both the original and total prices.

    Accepted Payment Methods

    For online transactions, you may use the following credit cards:

    • American Express.
    • Discover Card/Novus.
    • MasterCard.
    • VISA.

    For transactions by mail, payment must be made by check or money order payable to “Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.”

    For most NY DMV transactions in person, you can pay with:

    • Major credit or debit cards.
    • Personal checks.
    • Money orders.
    • Cash.

    Contact your local NY driver license office to find out which payment methods are accepted.

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