Renewing Your License in Oklahoma
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If you hold a Class D driver’s license, you must renew it every four years; otherwise, you can’t continue legally driving. The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) allows you to renew your license up to six months before the expiration date, which is always four years after the date you paid for and received your current license.
Another requirement to continue driving is maintaining minimum liability car insurance requirements. Not doing so carries hefty fines and possibly even jail time, so visit our Insurance Center to make sure you’re clear on those requirements and to get the tools to shop for affordable coverage.
If you have a valid Class D driver’s license, you can renew in one of two ways:
- By mail (if eligible)
- In person
Please see below for thorough outlines of each renewal process.
You can easily find out if your license is valid when you check your driving record.
NOTE: If you’re a commercial driver, you can find information about renewing your CDL in our CDL section.
You must renew your Class D driver’s license in person if it’s expired. We explain the process in depth below.
To determine whether your license is expired, check your driving record.
When your license becomes suspended, the DPS will mail you a suspension notice; however, there’s always a chance you won’t receive this notice, and it’s a good idea to check your driving record to determine whether your license is valid or suspended.
Our section on license suspensions outlines the steps you must take to reinstate your license, as well as how to obtain a hardship license and the role of ignition interlock systems.
Once your license is suspended, you should check with your car insurance provider about how it will affect your current rate. Many providers increase insurance premiums in light of license suspensions, but you can always shop around for a new provider and lower rates.
Whether you’re at home or out of state, our Replacing a Lost License will help you replace your lost Class D driver’s license.
Aside from a friendly reminder on your tag renewal notice, the DPS doesn’t send license renewal notices. It’s your responsibility to keep up with your license’s expiration date and to renew on time.
Keep in mind you can always contact your local driver license exam station if you have any questions about your license renewal.
Renewing your license online isn’t an option. Please see below for information about renewing by mail or in person.
The DPS only allows you to renew your Class D license by mail if you’re temporarily out of state and:
- Your license isn’t expired.
- Your driving privileges aren’t under investigation.
- Your current license is not a “Valid Without Photo” license.
To renew by mail you must send a request letter to the DPS. Take the following steps to make sure your letter meets requirements and reaches the DPS on time:
- Include your full name, date of birth, and driver’s license number.
- Provide your Oklahoma address and your out-of-state address.
- Make copies of two proofs of identification.
- Make your payment of $21.50 payable to the Department of Public Safety.
- Mail everything to:
- Department of Public Safety
- Driver License Examining, Renewal By Mail
- P.O. Box 11415
- Oklahoma City, OK 73136-0415
Depending on your current location, it could take several weeks to receive your renewed license. You can contact the DPS to check the status.
As the time to renew your license draws nearer, be prepared to:
- Present proof of identification (and your birth certificate, if your license is expired).
- Pay the fee of $21.50.
- Make an appointment with your local driver license exam station, or ask the clerk about the best times to arrive. Be sure to bring your current driver’s license with you.
You’ll receive a paper verifying you’ve renewed your driver’s license, and you’ll receive your hard copy license once you present that paper to your tag agency.
Maybe you haven’t taken a driving test since you first obtained your license. So maybe it's time to have an expert point out any bad habits you may have picked up along the way. In addition, possible point reduction and ticket dismissals are excellent reasons to enroll in a supplemental training course. Visit our section on traffic schools to learn about state-approved and other available driver improvement programs.
Depending on your current car insurance provider, you may even qualify for a discount on your coverage once you complete a training course. Contact your insurance company to ask about details, and visit our Insurance Center to find insurance providers that already offer these benefits.
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