License Renewal in Washington DC

Renew Your Washington, D.C. Driver's License

When your Washington, D.C. driver's license is set to expire, you'll need to submit a renewal application to the Washington, D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (D.C. DMV). If you have an expiring DC DMV driver's license, it will either be renewed with a REAL ID driver's license or a Limited Purpose driver's license.

Continue reading this page to find out how to renew your D.C. driver's license before it expires.

D.C. REAL ID Licenses

REAL ID licenses are federally compliant and allow you entry onto domestic flights and into federal facilities. When renewing your license, you'll receive a REAL ID unless you cannot provide the required identification documents. See below for details.

To get info about other types of driver's licenses or permits, please visit any of the following links:

When to Renew Your D.C. Driver's License

In order to drive, you must hold a D.C. driver's license and renew it every 8 years.

If the D.C. DMV has your current address, you should receive a renewal reminder in the mail 60 days before your driver's license expires. You are not required to bring this card with you to the D.C. DMV office when you renew.

Expired Driver's License

IMPORTANT: Expired D.C. driver's licenses must be renewed in person.

There are no additional fees if you let your driver's license expire; however, if you allow it to be expired for 365 days or more, you will need to re-take the written test when you renew. If your license has been expired for longer than 545 days, you must also take the road test again.

Renew Your D.C. Driver's License

If you're a U.S. citizen, your Washington, D.C. driver's license is valid for 8 years at a time. If you're a non-U.S. citizen, your driver's license will have an expiration date based on the expiration of your immigration documents.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to renew your D.C. driver's license:

We'll walk you through the online and in-person options below.

NOTE: If you're 70 years old or older, you must renew your driver's license in person.

Out-of-State D.C. 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 licenseRead our article for more information.

If you're temporarily living outside of Washington D.C. you will only be able to renew online if you have a REAL ID driver's license. With the change to REAL ID-compliant cards on May 1st, 2014, your personal information must be on file with the DMV. This information includes proof of:

  • Identity (full legal name and birthdate).
  • Social Security number.
  • Lawful presence in the United States.
  • D.C. residency.
If you have not done the verification process or you do not meet the requirements to renew online please contact the Department of Motor Vehicles at (202) 737-4404.

Renewal Fees

The cost to renew your Washington, D.C. driver's license is $47 and your renewed license will be valid for 8 years.

Washington, D.C. DMV offices currently accept the following payment methods:

  • Cash.
  • Check.
  • Money orders.
  • VISA, Discover, or MasterCard.

Online renewals must be paid by VISA, Discover, or MasterCard credit/debit card.

Some offices may not accept a specific payment method. Be sure to contact your local D.C. DMV office before your visit to make sure your method of payment is accepted.


Drivers License or Identification Card Application
Apply for a driver's license or identification card from the Washington D.C. DMV. You can also use this form to register to vote.
Social Security Number Declaration for Limited Purpose Credential
This form is used by the D.C. DMV to confirm whether or not you have a Social Security number, whether you are eligible to receive one, OR to state that you cannot establish legal presence in the U.S. but have been assigned a Social Security number.
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