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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.
  • 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. If you haven't received your renewed license, you can check the status of your order by contacting the TX DPS.

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. If you cannot print a copy of your temporary license you must renew by phone or in person.

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 will also need to provide the following:

  • Proof of identification.
  • Proof of Social Security number.
  • Proof of Texas residency.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship.

For a complete list of acceptable documents see this brochure put out by the Texas DPS.

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

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.

Military members who are stationed or deployed outside of Texas automatically receive a license extension of 90 days AFTER your return to the state or your discharge from the military. If you choose to renew your driver's license in your absence, follow the guide for mail-in renewal below.

Note that your dependents do NOT receive this extension, and will need to renew by mail while you're gone.

To renew your TX driver's license by mail, download the Out-of-State or Out-of-Country Packet (Form DL-16P) and submit the documents included:

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 driver's 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.
  • 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: $16.
  • 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."


Out of State or Out of Country Renewal/Replacement/Change of Texas Driver License or Identification (DL/ID) Card - DL-16P

Submit this form to the Texas DPS if you're eligible to renew your TX driver's license OR identification card while residing out of the state or country.

Application for Out of State/Country Renewal/Change of a Texas Driver License or ID Card - DL-16

Use this form to request renewal OR change to your Texas driver's license OR ID card if you're currently residing out-of-state.

Verification of Enrollment and Attendance - CDD-104

Use this form to verify your educational enrollment (if you don't hold a high school diploma) when applying for a Texas learner's permit or driver's license. Valid for those enrolled in home, private, or charter school, GED program, OR higher education.

Explanation for Eye Specialist - DL-63

Complete this form if you failed the Department of Public Safety's eye exam OR require an extensive eye exam when applying for your TX driver's license.

Class A or B Driver License Application Non-CDL Exempt Vehicles - CDL-2

Application for a Class A OR Class B Texas driver's license exempted by the TX Commercial Driver License Act.

Application for Renewal/Replacement/Change of a Texas Driver License or Identification Card - DL-43

Submit this form to request renewed, replacement, OR corrected TX driver's license OR identification card from the DPS.

Application for Texas Driver License or Identification Card - DL-14A

Application for a Texas driver's license OR identification card.

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