License Renewal in Missouri
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 DOR's online services to complete any relevant transactions. Follow the DOR's most recent updates for the latest information.
Renew Your Driver's License in Missouri
Before your driver's license expires in Missouri, you need to renew your license with the Department of Revenue (DOR) to continue driving legally in the state.
- If you need to renew your MO commercial driver license (CDL), please see Renew Your CDL in Missouri.
- If you need to renew your Missouri ID card, please see Identification Cards in Missouri.
You can check your driver's license renewal status by contacting the MO DOR.
When to Renew Your MO Driver's License
Your Missouri driver's license expires on your birthday and is valid for:
- 3 years if you're 18 to 20 years old.
- 6 years if you're 21 thru 69 years old.
- 3 years if you're 70 years old or older.
- The length of your legal presence if you are not a U.S. citizen.
The MO DOR will send you a renewal notice at least 15 days before your driver's license expires.
You can renew your MO driver's license:
- In person.
- By mail (for military members and their dependents only).
Renewal requirements may vary based on the status of your driver's license, and whether it is:
- Lost, damaged, or destroyed.
Valid Driver's License
If you hold a valid Missouri driver's license, you can renew it up to 6 months before it expires at your local Missouri DMV office.
Expired Driver's License
If your driver's license is expired, you can still renew it.
If it has been expired for more than 6 months, you'll need to pass a:
- Vision test.
- Road sign test.
- Written knowledge exam.
- Driving skills test.
Suspended Driver's License
If your Missouri driver's license is suspended you'll need to order your driver record from the MO DOR and pay a reinstatement fee before you can renew it.
For more information, please see our Suspended License in Missouri page.
Is your driver's license suspended? Check your driving record to find out.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver License
If your Missouri drivers license is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can still renew it if it expires within 6 months.
If your driver's license expires in more than 6 months, you'll need to request a duplicate. Please see our Replacing a Lost License in Missouri page for more information.
Renew a MO Driver's License
In Missouri, you must renew your driver's license in person. To do so, visit your local Missouri DOR office. You'll need:
- Proof of your name, birth date, and place of birth, such as your:
- U.S. passport.
- Certificate of citizenship.
- Immigration documents.
- Proof of your Social Security number (SSN), such as:
- Your Social Security card.
- A denial or status letter from Social Security Administration.
- Proof of your Missouri address, such as your:
- Utility bill.
- Pay check.
- Mortgage or rental agreement.
For a complete list of accepted documents, visit the Missouri DOR website.
- To pass a vision exam.
- To pass a road signs test.
- Payment for the renewal fee. See the “Fees to Renew Your MO Driver's License" section below.
NOTE: If you are 65 years old or older and your Missouri driver's license has been expired for less than 6 months, you do not need to provide your U.S. birth certificate.
Military & Out-of-State Renewal by Mail
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 are an active duty military member or active duty military member's spouse/dependent stationed out of state, you can renew your Missouri drivers license by mail.
To renew by mail, you'll need:
- A completed Mail-In Driver License Application (Form 4317).
- Copies of your active-duty military documents or military ID.
- Proof of your identity, such as your:
- U.S. birth certificate.
- U.S. passport.
- U.S. military ID.
- Your Social Security number.
- Proof of your MO address, such as your:
- Utility bill.
- Voter registration card.
- Pay check.
- Payment. (See “Fees to Renew Your MO Driver's License" below.)
Mail the above to the address specified on the form.
Once the Missouri DOR receives your application, you should receive your new license within 10 days.
NOTE: If you plan to renew in person, you must provide your military discharge papers when you renew your license. An expired driver license cannot be used to drive, but you will be exempt from taking a written and driving test.
Military Member Exemptions
If your driver license expires while you're out of state, you can renew it when you return to Missouri without having to pass any tests:
- For up to 6 months after you are honorably discharged.
- Within 90 days of returning to the state.
You must renew your Missouri driver's license in person at a MO DMV office and bring your discharge papers and any other required documents (see the “In-Person Driver's License Renewal" section above).
Fees to Renew Your MO Driver's License
The cost of your MO driver license renewal depends on the number of years your card is valid for:
- 3 years: $21.
- 6 years: $42.
Debit or credit card will also be subject to a convenience fee.
Accepted Payment Methods
For mailed-in applications, the Missouri DMV accepts:
- Cashier's check.
- Money order.
- Traveler's check.
- Personal check.
NOTE: You must write your MO drivers license number on your check or money order.
Please contact your local MO DMV office for accepted payment methods when renewing your driver's license in person.