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Renew a Driver License
The DMV makes driver license renewal convenient by offering renewal services at DMV service centers and online. If you currently possess a DC REAL ID driver license (star located in upper right corner) or Limited Purpose driver license, you may renew your driver license online as long as you meet the other online requirements. Otherwise, you must visit a DMV Service Center. Please be sure to review the requirements for in-person renewals as the document requirements have changed, and you will need to bring additional items with you.
You will receive a renewal notice 60 days in advance of the expiration of your driver license. You will receive your renewal notice by e-mail if you have provided DMV with your e-mail address. If necessary, you can update your address during the online driver license renewal process; however, please allow additional time for the address to be approved by DMV prior to processing the renewal online. For last minute online renewals, DMV provides a temporary license certificate that can be used for 45 days until your license is received in the mail.
If your DC driver license has been expired for more than 365 calendar days, you must take and pass the knowledge test. If your DC driver license has been expired for more than 365 calendar days, you may take the District's online traffic school course to waive taking the knowledge test. If your DC driver license has been expired for more than 545 calendar days, you must take and pass both the knowledge test and the road test (note the road test must be scheduled in advance by appointment only). You may not operate a vehicle on an expired license.
If you are 70 years or older, you must renew your driver license in-person by visiting a DMV service center. You must have your physician complete the certification on the driver license application and pass the eye vision screening. Please be sure to review the requirements for in-person renewals as the document requirements have changed, and you will be need to bring additional items with you.
Requirements for Online Renewal
If you are eligible to renew a driver license online:
Requirements for In-Person Renewal
If you are renewing a driver license at a DMV service center, and you do not possess a DC REAL ID driver license (star located in upper right corner), click on all three (3) links below to review a list of required documents that you must bring with you from each category and be prepared to pay the applicable fees. The DMV will NOT be able to accept documents that are not listed for source documents.
- Proof of Identity - full legal name and date of birth
- Proof of DC Residency (2 required)
- Proof of Social Security Number
- Current DC Driver License
To renew a driver license, you may visit any service location except Adjudication Services, Brentwood Road Test Office and Inspection Station.