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    Renewing Your Driver’s License in Texas

    Before your Texas driver’s license expires, you need to renew your license with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to continue driving legally in Texas.

    On this page, you’ll find information on how to renew your TX driver’s license online, by phone, by mail, and in person.

    When to Renew Your TX Driver’s License

    Your Texas driver’s license will expire on your birthday. The number of years it is valid for depends on your age.

    • Under 18 years old: Valid until you turn 18 years old.
    • 18 to 84 years old: Valid for 6 years.
    • 85 years old and older: Valid for 2 years.
    • Temporary driver’s license: Valid for the duration of your legal stay or 1 year if your legal stay is “duration of status”.

    When you can renew your TX drivers license depends on whether the status of your driver’s license. Is it:

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

    See below for details on how to renew for each of these scenarios.

    Once you’ve determined when you can renew your drivers license, renewals can be made either:

    • Online.
    • By phone.
    • By mail.
    • In person.

    You will receive a temporary driver’s license valid for 45 days to use until you receive your new card in the mail in 3 weeks.

    Valid Driver’s License

    If your Texas driver’s license is valid you can renew up to:

    • 1 year before the expiration date.
    • 2 years after the expiration date.

    Renewal fees vary depending on your age and the type of driver’s license you have. Please see the “Fees to Renew Your TX Driver’s License” section below.

    NOTE: You can also change your address when you renew your Texas driver license.

    If you have not renewed your driver’s license in person since October 2008 and have not verified your U.S. citizenship or legal U.S. presence with the TX DPS, you’ll need to do so before you renew.

    For more information, please see the complete list of accepted U.S. citizenship and legal presence documents.

    NOTE: If you are 79 years old or older, you must always:

    • Renew your driver’s license in person.
    • Pass a vision test.

    Expired Drivers License

    You cannot renew your TX driver license if it has been expired for more than 2 years.

    You’ll need to visit your local driver license office in person and:

    • Apply for a new TX driver’s license.
    • Pass a written knowledge test.
    • Pass a driving test.

    For more information, please see our page on Applying for a New License in Texas.

    If your TX driver’s license expired less than 2 years ago, it can still be renewed.

    Suspended Driver License

    You cannot renew a suspended Texas driver license. You must reinstate it instead. For more information, please see our Suspended License in Texas page.

    Check Your Driving Record

    Is your driver’s license suspended? Order your driving record to find out.

    Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver’s License

    If your TX driver’s license is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can request a replacement.

    For more information, please see our Replacing a Lost License in Texas page.

    You can still renew a lost or stolen card as long as you know both your Texas driver’s license number and audit number.

    Online Driver’s License Renewal

    To be eligible to renew your Texas driver license online, you must:

    • Have a Class C or CM driver’s license.
    • Have renewed your DL in person the last time.
    • Have a valid TX driver’s license (including one that expired less than 2 years ago).
    • Be at least 18 years old.
    • Be younger than 79 years old.
    • Not have any new medical conditions that affect your driving ability.
    • Have your Social Security number (SSN) on file with the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
    • Be a U.S. citizen.

    To renew your TX driver’s license online, visit the Driver License Renewal and Change of Address website. You’ll need to provide:

    • Your TX driver license number.
    • Your date of birth.
    • Your audit number (found on your card).
    • The last 4 digits of your SSN.
    • Payment. (See the “Fees to Renew Your TX Driver’s License” section below.)

    You will need a printer to print your temporary license. You will not receive an e-mail copy.

    TX License Renewal by Phone

    To be eligible to renew your TX drivers license by phone, you must meet the same eligibility requirements for online renewal (see the “Online Driver’s License Renewal” section above).

    To renew by phone, call (866) 357-3639 and provide:

    • Your driver’s license number.
    • Your audit number.
    • Your date of birth.
    • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN).
    • Payment for your renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your TX Driver’s License” section below.)

    By-Mail Texas Driver’s License Renewal

    Mail-in eligibility requirements are the same as online renewals (see the “Online Driver’s License Renewal” section above).

    The Texas DPS will send you a renewal notice to renew by mail, online, or by phone if you meet these criteria. Follow the instructions on your notice to renew by mail.

    Call your local TX Department of Public Safety office for more information.

    NOTE: If you are out of state when you need to renew, please see the “Military & Out-of-State Renewals” section below.

    In-Person Texas Renewal

    You must renew your Texas drivers license in person if you are not eligible to renew online, by phone, or by mail. You have to renew in person if you are:

    • 79 years old or older.
    • A non-U.S. citizen living in Texas temporarily.
    • Renewing a provisional driver’s license.
    • Under 18 years old.

    Visit your local Texas DPS office in person. You’ll need to:

    You may also need to:

    • Pass a vision exam.
    • Pass a driving test, if your medical evaluation determines you may not be able to drive.
    • Verify your identity by providing either:
      • 1 primary document, such as your:
        • TX driver’s license.
        • Current U.S. passport.
        • U.S. citizenship certificate.
      • 2 secondary documents, such as your:
        • Birth certificate (original or certified copy).
        • Court order that includes your name and birth date.
          OR
      • 1 secondary document AND 2 supporting documents, such as your:
        • Social Security card.
        • W-2 form.
        • Out-of-state driver’s license or ID.
    • Provide additional documents if you are a non-U.S. citizen or minor. See below for more information.

    For more information, please see the complete list of accepted documents.

    Renewal for Non-U.S. Citizens

    If you are a non-U.S. citizen with a limited term Texas driver’s license, you’ll also need to provide your legal presence documents, issued by either the:

    • U.S. Department of Justice.
    • U.S. Department of State.
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    For more information, please see the complete list of accepted legal presence documents.

    Minors and Provisional Driver License Holders

    If you are under 18 years old, you must renew your Texas driver’s license in person. You’ll need to bring one of the following:

    If you are upgrading your learner’s permit to a provisional license, you must also provide a driver’s education completion certificate.

    Military & Out-of-State Renewals

    If you’re out of state, you can renew your TX driver license by mail. You’ll need to meet the eligibility requirements mentioned above to renew online, by phone or by mail. (See the “Online Driver’s License Renewal” section.)

    Submit to the Texas DPS:

    Mail the above documents to:

    Department of Public Safety
    P.O. Box 149008
    Austin, TX 78714

    You will receive your new Texas driver’s license in the mail within 45 days.

    Military Member Exemptions

    If you are an active-duty military member stationed outside of Texas, you have an extra 90 days after being discharged to renew your driver’s license.

    If your TX driver’s license has been expired for more than 2 years, you will also need to provide the TX Department of Public Safety (DPS) with following in the addition to the above:

    Veteran Exemptions

    If you are a disabled veteran and not already receiving a fee exemption for your TX driver’s license, you can apply for the exemption when you renew.

    You can receive a TX drivers license for free if you:

    • Were honorably discharged.
    • Have a 60% service-related disability.
    • Receive compensation from the U.S.

    You’ll need to provide proof of the above with either:

    • A signed letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
      OR
    • An official document from your military branch.

    NOTE: You also can apply for a free veteran designation on your Texas driver’s license when you renew. You’ll need to present an original or copy of one of the following:

    • DD-214.
    • DD-215.
    • NGB-22.

    Fees to Renew Your TX Driver License

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

    • Under 18 years old: $6.
    • 18 to 84 years old: $25.
    • 85 years old and older: $9.
    • License with motorcycle endorsement: $8 (on top of renewal fee).
    • Motorcycle license: $33.
    • Temporary license (non-U.S. citizens): $25.
    • Disabled Military: Free

    Accepted Forms of Payment

    Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) offices accept payment by:

    • Credit card.
    • Cash.
    • Check.
    • Money order.

    For online and transactions over the phone, only credit and debit cards are accepted.

    For transaction by mail, you can pay by check or money order made payable to “Texas DPS.”

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