How To Renew Your California Drivers License

Do you need to renew your drivers license in California? We've collected useful and up-to-date information to help save you time when renewing your drivers license. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance services in California can facilitate the processes involved in many DMV related services by providing invaluable information and step-by-step instruction on how best to proceed. Whether you are looking to renew, replace or get a new CA driver’s license or ID card, online application assistance services can help with these and many more. Other benefits include one-click access to an entire inventory of official California forms and publications, as well as other useful CA resources.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

California drivers have several options to renew their license. Read more below to see which method works best for you. 

In Person

Drivers who wish to renew their California drivers license in person should follow these steps:

  • Visit the California Drivers License Renewal Department at their local DMV Office. Drivers who call ahead for an appointment may expedite the process.
  • Fill out a California Drivers License Renewal Application Form (DL44). Drivers renewing a Commercial License will need to fill out a different form (DL44C).
  • Present originals documents. Alternatively, a driver can bring their California driver's license renewal notice that they have received in the mail.
  • Drivers may also be required to complete one of the following tasks: provide a thumb print, have a new photo taken, or pass a vision test.

By Mail

Drivers may renew a California drivers license by mail if:  

  • Their license expires in less than 60 days.
  • They are under the age of 70 on the date of expiration.
  • Their license is not currently suspended or probationary.
  • They have not violated any court orders in the last two years, and have not been issued a renewal by mail in the last five years.

A driver who has not received a renewal notice should fill out the appropriate renewal form (DL410 F0). Upon completion of their renewal form, the driver will need to remit a $31 renewal fee to the California DMV.


Drivers who receive a renewal notice by mail with a renewal identification number (RIN) may renew their drivers license online if:  

  • They have secure Internet access
  • Have had no changes in personal information
  • Have a verified Social Security Number (SSN) in the DMV's records 
  • Have an active credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover)

Drivers seeking to perform a California drivers license renewal online can go to the California DMV website, locate the online services tab and select California drivers license renewal. 

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