Renewing Your License in Arizona

Renew Your Driver's License in Arizona

Before your driver's license expires in Arizona, you need to renew it with the Department of Transportation (DOT) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) in order to continue to drive legally.

On this page you'll find information on how to renew your Arizona driver license and update your photo.

When to Renew Your AZ Driver's License

A basic Arizona driver's license is valid until you are 50 years old. During this time you will not need to renew your license; however, you will need to visit an AZ DMV office every 12 years to update your photo and take a vision exam. See the Update Your AZ Driver's License Photo section below for more information.

When you renew your regular driver's license when you are 50 years old or older, the ADOT will issue you a driver's license valid for 5 years.

On the other hand, a Voluntary Travel ID is valid for a maximum of 8 years in most cases.

You will not receive a renewal notice before your Arizona driver's license expires.

You can only renew your AZ drivers license in person. You cannot renew online or by mail. Once you complete the renewal process the AZ MVD will issue you a temporary license which is valid for 30 days. Your newly renewed driver's license will be mailed to you.

Suspended Driver License

If your Arizona driver's license is suspended, you'll need to reinstate your license before you can renew.

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

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Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver's License

If your Arizona driver license is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can still renew with the Arizona MVD as long as you can provide proof of your identity (see the “Renew Your AZ Driver's License" section below).

If you'd like to request a replacement AZ drivers license, please see our Replacing a Lost License in Arizona page.

How to Renew an Arizona Driver License

To renew your Arizona driver license in person, visit your local Arizona DMV office. You'll need to:

  • Complete a Driver License/Identification Card Application (Form 40-5122).
  • Take a new photo.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Provide at least 2 documents to prove your identity, such as your:
    • Current AZ driver's license.
    • U.S. passport.
    • Social Security card.
  • Show 2 documents proving residency if you’re renewing or upgrading to a Travel ID driver's license. Such documents include utility bills, pay stubs, and bank or credit card statements.
  • Pay the fee:
    • 16 to 39 years old: $25.
    • 40 to 44 years old: $20.
    • 45 to 49 years old: $15.
    • 50 years old and older: $10.
    • Travel ID driver's license: $25.
    • Driver's license valid for 5 years: $10.
    • Limited licenses: $10.

Arizona MVD offices accept cash, checks, and money orders. Some office locations accept credit/debit card. Contact your local AZ MVD office to confirm accepted payment methods.

All proof of identity documents must be originals or certified copies. For a complete list of accepted documents, visit the ADOT website. 

If you haven't received your renewed driver's license, you can check its status by contacting the AZ MVD.

Update Your AZ Driver's License Photo

You do not need to renew your Arizona driver license until you are 50 years old. However, every 12 years you must:

  • Update your photo with the AZ DOT MVD.
  • Pass a vision exam.

To update your photo on your driver's license, visit your local Arizona DMV office and:

  • Bring 2 documents proving your identity, such as your:
    • Current Arizona driver's license.
    • Birth certificate.
    • U.S. military ID card.
  • Pay the $12 fee.
    • AZ MVD offices accept cash, checks, and money orders. Some office locations accept credit/debit card. Contact your local AZ MVD office to confirm its accepted payment methods.

NOTE: The steps above also apply if you are converting:

  • A graduated AZ driver's license to an “Under 21" license.
  • An “Under 21" license to a regular AZ driver's license.

Arizona Military Member License Renewals

Military Stationed in Germany

If you are currently stationed in Germany, please be aware that some states require you to have a valid U.S. driver's license in addition to your USAREUR license. Read our article for more information.

If you are an active-duty military member stationed outside of Arizona, you can renew by mail .

You will need to notify the Arizona DOT of your military status. You will need:

  • Copies of the front and back of your military ID.
  • Your most recent military earnings/leave documents.

Send the above to:

Motor Vehicle Division
4005 N. 51st Avenue
MD 510
Phoenix, AZ 85031

If the Arizona MVD has your active-duty military status on file, you are not required to update your AZ driver license photo every 12 years.

NOTE: If you don't have a digital photo on file with the Arizona DMV, you can still renew your driver's license by mail if you are a military member, or a spouse or dependent of one. You will receive a “valid without photo" drivers license until you can visit an Arizona DMV office in person.


Driver License/Identification Card Application
Apply for an Arizona driver's license, learner's permit, OR identification card with the MVD.
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