Renew Your License

1. Select the type of ID you have

2. Select the type of ID you want

3. Get an Eye Exam

 

Important: If your license expires from March 1st, 2020 through December 31st, 2020, you can renew online right now by self-certifying that your vision is acceptable. You must submit a vision test to the DMV within one year of your renewal. If you do not, DMV will take action against your license. See how to submit your vision test after you renew.

 

If your license expired before March 1st, 2020, or will expire after December 31, 2020, you must get an eye exam before renewing. 

Option 1

Have a medical professional complete a Vision Test Report (PDF) (MV-619) and then enter the report information in the online transaction

Option 2

If you have not had a vision test, find an approved provider.  Find an approved provider.

Option 3

Renew your license in person and receive a vision test at the DMV. Make an appointment.

4. Renew Online

 

Renew Your License Online

 

You can also renew by mail or in person.

 

You must renew at the DMV office if:

  • Changing to an Enhanced License or REAL ID
  • Want to update your photo
  • Want to change your license class

Get an Enhanced License

Starting October 1st, 2021, you will need an Enhanced or REAL ID to board a domestic flight (unless you have a passport).
Switching from a standard to an enhanced or REAL ID license can only be done at a DMV office.

1. Gather proof of identity

 

To find a complete list of proofs of identity that New York accepts, use the online document & identity guide. See the online document & identity guide.

2. Visit the DMV

 

see instructions

A license fee will be due at your appointment: Estimate Costs.

Get a REAL ID

Starting October 1st, 2021, you will need an Enhanced or REAL ID to board a domestic flight (unless you have a passport).
Switching from a standard to an enhanced or REAL ID license can only be done at a DMV office.

1. Gather proof of identity

 

To find a complete list of proofs of identity that New York accepts, use the online document & identity guide. See the online document & identity guide.

2. Visit the DMV

 

see instructions

A license fee will be due at your appointment: Estimate Costs.

2. Select the type of ID you want

1. Gather proof of identity

 

To find a complete list of proofs of identity that New York accepts, use the online document & identity guide. See the online document & identity guide.

2. Visit the DMV

 

see instructions

A license fee will be due at your appointment: Estimate Costs.

3. Get an Eye Exam

 

Important: If your license expires from March 1st, 2020 through December 31st, 2020, you can renew online right now by self-certifying that your vision is acceptable. You must submit a vision test to the DMV within one year of your renewal. If you do not, DMV will take action against your license. See how to submit your vision test after you renew.

 

If your license expired before March 1st, 2020, or expires after December 31, 2020, you must get an eye exam before renewing. 

Option 1

Have a medical professional complete a Vision Test Report (PDF) (MV-619) and then enter the report information in the online transaction

Option 2

If you have not had a vision test, find an approved provider.  Find an approved provider.

Option 3

Renew your license in person and receive a vision test at the DMV. Make an appointment.

4. Renew Online

 

Renew Your License Online

 

You can also renew by mail or in person.

 

You must renew at the DMV office if:

  • Changing to an Enhanced License or REAL ID
  • Want to update your photo
  • Want to change your license class

Get a Real ID

Starting October 1st, 2021, you will need an Enhanced or REAL ID to board a domestic flight (unless you have a passport). Switching from a standard to an enhanced or REAL ID license can only be done at a DMV Office.

1. Gather proof of identity

 

To find a complete list of proofs of identity that New York accepts, use the online document & identity guide. See the online document & identity guide.

2. Visit the DMV

 

see instructions

A license fee will be due at your appointment: Estimate Costs.

2. Select the type of ID you want

Get a Standard License

Starting October 1st, 2021, you will need an Enhanced or REAL ID to board a domestic flight (unless you have a passport).
Switching from a REAL ID to a Standard or Enhanced license can only be done at a DMV office.

1. Gather proof of identity

 

To find a complete list of proofs of identity that New York accepts, use the online document & identity guide. See the online document & identity guide.

2. Visit the DMV

 

see instructions

A license fee will be due at your appointment: Estimate Costs.

Get an Enhanced License

Starting October 1st, 2021, you will need an Enhanced or REAL ID to board a domestic flight (unless you have a passport).
Switching from a REAL ID to an Enhanced or Standard license can only be done at a DMV office.

1. Gather proof of identity

 

To find a complete list of proofs of identity that New York accepts, use the online document & identity guide. See the online document & identity guide.

2. Visit the DMV

 

see instructions

A license fee will be due at your appointment: Estimate Costs.

3. Get an Eye Exam

 

Important: If your license expires from March 1st, 2020 through December 31st, 2020, you can renew online right now by self-certifying that your vision is acceptable. You must submit a vision test to the DMV within one year of your renewal. If you do not, DMV will take action against your license. See how to submit your vision test after you renew.

 

If your license expired before March 1st, 2020, or expires after December 31, 2020, you must get an eye exam before renewing. 

Option 1

Have a medical professional complete a Vision Test Report (PDF) (MV-619) and then enter the report information in the online transaction

Option 2

If you have not had a vision test, find an approved provider.  Find an approved provider.

Option 3

Renew your license in person and receive a vision test at the DMV. Make an appointment.

4. Renew Online

 

Renew Your License Online

 

You can also renew by mail or in person.

 

You must renew at the DMV office if:

  • Changing to an Enhanced License or REAL ID
  • Want to update your photo
  • Want to change your license class

Renew a Commercial Driver License

See how to Renew a CDL

Expired Licenses

Renew your license before it expires, or you could face fines. 

If you drive with an expired license and get a traffic ticket, you will receive fines and penalties. Penalties may include:

  • 60 days or less after the expiration date: $25 - $40 plus state and local surcharges.
  • More than 60 days after the expiration date: $75 - $300 plus state and local surcharges.

 

You can renew up to 1 year before and 2 years after your license expires. 

Renewal anytime within this period will not affect the expiration date of your new driver's 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 prelicensing course and pass a road test. See how to get a driver's license. 

 

Sign Up for Emails and Text Reminders

 

Address

Your address must match the one on our records

You may first change your address online and then renew. There is no guarantee that the U.S. Postal Service will forward your DMV documents to your new address.

Fees and Payment

Fees

Your renewal fee is on the renewal application we mail you and displayed before you pay online. Follow the link below for a chart of fees for different types of licenses. 

 

Driver License Fees

 

 

Payment

Payment: If you apply by mail or at a DMV office, you can pay by credit/debit card or a check or money order made out to Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. To apply online, you must use a credit/debit card. The DMV accepts:

  • American Express® Card
  • Discover Card®/Novus®
  • MasterCard®
  • MasterCard® Debit card without personal identification number (PIN)
  • VISA® Card
  • Visa Debit Card without personal identification number (PIN)

If You Are Turning 21 Soon

  • If you renew more than 40 days before your 21st birthday, your license will still display "UNDER 21."
  • If you renew fewer than 40 days before. your 21st birthday, your license will not display "UNDER 21."