License Renewal in Connecticut
COVID-19 Effects on Licensing Services
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, state DMVs nationwide have closed driver licensing offices, extended license and registration expiration dates, and/or limited the transactions they are processing. If possible, residents should use the DMV's online services to complete any relevant transactions. Follow the DMV's recent updates for the latest information.
Renew Your Connecticut Driver's License
To drive legally, all drivers in Connecticut are required to hold a valid CT driver's license. If your driver's license will be expiring soon, you'll need to renew it through the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
For details about other types of driver's licenses or permit in CT, please go to any of our following pages:
REAL IDs in Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles now issues both federally-compliant REAL ID driver's licenses as well as non-compliant licenses. A REAL ID allows you to use your CT driver's license as approved identification for activities such as boarding an airplane or entry into federal and military buildings.
If you currently have a standard-issue license, you have the option to upgrade to a REAL ID upon renewal. Most new licenses issued will be verified REAL IDs, but if you don't qualify, you'll receive a non-compliant license—details are outlined below.
When to Renew Your CT Driver's License
The Connecticut DMV allows you to renew your driver's license as early as 180 days before it expires.
Connecticut driver's licenses are valid for 6 years. If you're 65 years old or older, you have the option to renew your driver's license for 2 years.
NOTE: If you have recently moved, you will need to notify the CT DMV of your new address within 48 hours. For more information, please see our Changing Your Address page.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver's License
If you are in need of a duplicate CT driver's license, you may be able to renew it instead of replacing it. However, please verify this option with your local CT DMV office.
For more information on how to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged driver's license, visit our Replacing a Lost License in Connecticut page.
Expired Driver's License
If you do not renew your CT driver's license on time, you'll be charged a $25 late fee. If you let your driver's license expire for more than 2 years you will be required to take your examinations again as if you were a new driver.
To check the status of your driver's license, you can always get a copy of your Connecticut driving record.
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How to Renew Your Connecticut Driver's License
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles will mail your renewal notice to your address on file before your driver's license expires. If you don't receive a renewal form, it's still your responsibility to make sure your driver's license is renewed in a timely fashion. If you've already renewed your license and haven't received it, contact the Connecticut DMV to check your order status.
You can renew your CT driver's license by mail (if eligible) and in person at your local Connecticut DMV office or AAA office (will incur an additional charge).
Renew License By Mail
You can only renew your CT driver's license by mail IF you meet one or all of the following criteria:
- You are an active member of the armed services and a resident of Connecticut.
- You are temporarily out of state.
- You are unable to apply in person due to major health conditions.
- You are serving time in jail. You will be required to provide your inmate number.
If eligible, you will need to send your application before your driver's license expires. Otherwise, you may have to pay a $25 late fee.
You will need:
- A completed Request for a Connecticut Driver's License/Identification Card By Mail (Form B-350).
- A check or money order made payable to “DMV" for the appropriate license renewal fee.
- A self-addressed and stamped envelope.
Mail all of the above to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Centralized Issuance Operations Unit
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT 06161
Renew License In Person
To renew your CT driver's license in person, you'll need to visit your local full-service driver's license office and bring:
- Your current CT driver's license.
- If you wish to upgrade to a verified REAL ID, you'll need to bring additional identity documents with you when you renew (this is a one-time submission). See the DMV's acceptable documents guide for details.
- The renewal application you received in the mail.
- The required documents for a "verified" license through the Real ID Program, if you choose a "verified" renewal.
- Payment for all necessary driver's license renewal fees.
- See Fees to Renew Your Driver's License below.
You can also renew your driver's license at a AAA office in Connecticut. You will be charged a $8 fee for this service.
NOTE: If you changed your name, you'll need to show proof of the change to the CT DMV. Visit our Changing Your Name page for more details.
Out-of-State Residents & Military
Notice for Military Members 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're outside of Connecticut when your driver's license is due for a renewal, you can renew it by mail. See Renew Your Connecticut Driver's License above for instructions.
If you're an active-duty military member stationed out of state and your home state is Connecticut, you may renew your driver's license for free. Your current license will need a photo to qualify for mail-in renewal. To do so:
- Complete the Application for Waiver of Driver's License Fee Because of Active Service in U.S. Armed Forces (Form B-88), with your out-of-state mailing address included.
- Send the form, along with your signed renewal notice, to:
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Centralized Issuance Operations Unit
- 60 State Street
- Wethersfield, CT 06161
Should you not receive your renewal notice, contact Centralized Issuance Operations Unit at (860) 263-5401. Be ready to provide your driver's license number.
You have 60 days to renew your Connecticut driver's license after you have been honorably discharged from the military.
Fees to Renew Your CT Driver's License
- Driver's license:
- $84 for 51/2 to 7 years.
- $84 for 51/2 to 7 years.
- Option for those 65 years old and older: $24 for 2 years.
- Late fee for renewing an expired license: $25.
- AAA office convenience fee (per transaction): $8.
You may also need to pay an additional photo fee and exam fee (if applicable). Contact the CT DMV to confirm.
Payments by Mail
If you're renewing your driver's license by mail, you must pay by check, money order, or by credit card.
To pay by credit card, you will need to complete these additional steps:
- Send your completed Request for a Connecticut Driver's License/Identification Card By Mail (Form B-350) via:
- E-mail to DMV.CIU@ct.gov.
- Fax to (860) 263-5591.
- E-mail to DMV.CIU@ct.gov.
- Contact the Centralized Issuance Operations Unit at (860) 263-5401 after 2 business days (Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) to provide your credit card details.