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Renew license

You can renew online, by mail or at a DMV office. Please note

  • your license expires on your birthday (we mail you a renewal notice about 50 days before it expires)
  • you can renew up to 1 year before it expires, or within 2 years after the expiration (if your license is expired for 2 years or more, you can’t renew - there are no exceptions) 1
  • if you renew more than 40 days before your 21st birthday, your license will have 'UNDER 21' on it2

When you renew your document online, you can download and print a temporary license in PDF format to use until you receive your new document in the mail. You will receive your new document in the mail within 10 days.

 

You must

  • renew your license before it expires or face fines 3
  • pass a vision test before you renew (find a test provider near you so you can renew online) 4

You cannot renew

  • a commercial driver license (CDL) online (see how to Renew a CDL)
  • a learner permit (by any method)
  • a license that expires more than 1 year from today, or expired more than 2 years ago
  • a suspended or revoked license
  • a license that has 'TEMPORARY VISITOR' on it if the temporary visitor date expired, unless you have proof of an extension from the INS 5

You must renew at a DMV office if you

  • want to convert to an enhanced driver license (EDL)
  • have a conditional license or a restricted license
  • have a license that displays the words "VALID WITHOUT PHOTO”
  • want to update your photo
  • currently participate in the ignition interlock device program
  • have a license that has 'TEMPORARY VISITOR' on it and the temporary visitor date expired, and you have proof of an extension from the INS 5

 

What does it cost to renew?

The fee is on the renewal application we mail to you and displayed before you pay the fee online. You can also see the renewal fee chart to determine the amount to pay.

 

How long will it take to get my new license?

Allow 2 weeks to receive your driver license in the mail. You can check the mailing status of your driver license online.  If it has been more than 2 weeks since you processed or sent your renewal, contact us.

 

Can I renew online?

Yes. It's the fastest way to renew your driver license. To renew

  • you must have proof that you passed an eye test  6
  • your current address must be a location within the US 7
  • your address must match the one on our records
    • you can first change your address online  and then renew
    • there is no guarantee that the (US Postal Service) USPS will forward your DMV documents to your new address

When you renew your document online, you can download and print a temporary license in PDF format to use until you receive your new document in the mail. You will receive your new document in the mail within 10 days.

 

Can I renew by mail?

Yes. Complete the renewal notice we mailed to you and return it in the envelope provided. If you use a provider enrolled in the DMV Online Vision Registry, you do not have to return the Vision Test Report (MV-619R) that is included with your renewal notice.

If you did not receive a renewal application, you may use the Application for Permit, Driver License, or Non-driver ID (MV-44) instead. See the renewal fees chart to determine the amount to pay.  Mail the MV-44, a Vision Test Report (if you did not have your vision tested by a provider enrolled in the DMV Online Vision Registry) and a check or money order payable to "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to:

NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
207 Genesee Street, Suite 6
Utica, NY  13501-2874

 

Can I renew by phone?

No. You can’t renew by phone.

 

Can I renew my license at a DMV office?

Yes. You can use the renewal application we mailed to you or use the Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (MV-44) to apply at a DMV office.

 

How can I renew if I am overseas (out of the country, abroad)?

When overseas we recommend that you renew your drivers license through the mail. 8

Please send us

We also recommend that you send us a pre-addressed priority mail return envelope with your application (this will help ensure that we send your license to the correct address).

 

How can I renew if I am a Temporary Visitor or an international student?

As long as the Temporary Visitor status that DMV has on file is not expired you can renew your license online, through the mail or in an office. 

If your Temporary Visitor status has been extended, you must go to a DMV office with your updated paperwork from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).   We will update our records to show that your Temporary Visitor status has been extended so you can renew your license. Your new license will have your new temporary visitor expiration date.

 

Can I change my driver license class when I renew?

It depends.  You cannot change the class when you renew online. You can make these changes when you renew by mail or at a DMV office. 

FromTo 
CDL Class A, B, or CClass D, E, or Non-commercial Class C
Non-Commercial Class C or Class EClass D
Non-Commercial Class CClass E
Class DClass E

You cannot make  any other class changes when you renew. Other changes require a written test and a road test. (See Get a CDL or Get a motorcycle license).

If you renew 

  • by mail, include a note about your class change in your renewal envelope
  • at a DMV office, tell the DMV representative about the change

You will need to pay the renewal fee for your new driver license class.

  • 1. Renewal anytime within this period will not affect the expiration date of your new driver license or the fees.

    If your license is expired for 2 years or more, you must apply for an original license. You must pass the vision test and the written test, complete a pre-licensing course and pass a Road Test. See Get a driver license.
  • 2. If your renewal is processed less than 40 days before your birthday, we will mail you a driver license without the words “UNDER 21” on or near the date of your birthday.
  • 3. If you drive with expired license get a traffic ticket, you will receive fines and penalties
    -  60 days or less after the expiration date: $25 to $40 plus state and local surcharges
    -  more than 60 days after the expiration date: $75 to $300 plus state and local surcharges
  • 4.

    The easiest way is to take a vision test from a provider who is enrolled in the DMV Online Vision Registry. The provider will send us proof you passed a vision within 24 hours so you can renew online. Find a Vision Registry provider near you.  

    Another option is to have your eye care professional complete a Vision Test Report (MV-619).

  • 5. a. b. Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • 6.

    The easiest way is to take an vision test from an approved provider. The provider will submit proof that you passed a vision test online. Find a provider near you.  

    You can also obtain a Vision Test report (MV-619) from a qualified provider and use the information on the report to renew online. Your Vision Care Report must be completed by

    • a physician
    • a physician's assistant
    • an ophthalmologist
    • an optometrist
    • an optician 
    • a registered nurse
    • a nurse professional
  • 7. This includes military addresses.
  • 8. You can however renew online if you are abroad and

    • have a valid NY driver license
    • have had an eye exam from the last 12 months saved to the DMV Vision Registry.

    However, your license will not be forwarded to you in the country where you are living.

Before You Start

Make sure

  • you are eligible as described on this page
  • your current address matches the one on our records
  • you have a credit card to pay fee

After you pay, you can download and print a temporary license to use until you receive your new document in the mail.

Do it by mail

To renew by mail

  • make sure you are eligible as described on this page
  • use the renewal notice (MV-2) we mailed to you or use form Application for Permit, Driver License, or Non-driver ID (MV-44)
  • mail the renewal, proof that you passed an eye test and payment to

    NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
    207 Genesee Street, Suite 6
    Utica, NY  13501-2874

Do it at the DMV

Save yourself the trip. You can renew online if you have your vision tested by a DMV approved provider.

To renew at a DMV office, make sure you are eligible as described on this page, and that you you bring

  • your current photo driver license
  • the renewal notice we mailed to you or an Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-driver ID Card (MV-44)
  • proof that you passed an eye test (unless you will take a vision test at the office)
  • payment

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.