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Renew Your Driver License or ID Card

A Texas driver license or ID card can be renewed:

If renewed within this time, the driver license or ID card will still expire six years after the expiration date printed on the current card.

NOTE: The expiration date and renewal requirements for individuals 79 years of age or older are different. (ID cards for individuals 60 years of age and older do not expire.)

Driver licenses or ID cards that have been expired for more than two years cannot be renewed. To obtain a driver license or ID card, the individual:

  1. Must apply in person as a new applicant at a driver license office, and
  2. Meet all of the requirements for a new ID card or driver license (including taking the knowledge and driving tests).

Individuals who have not provided documents to verify their U.S. citizenship or lawful presence status must do so before renewing. (Individuals who renewed in person after October 2008 should have already met this requirement.)

Renewal Methods

There are four ways to renew a driver license or ID card: online, by phone, by mail or in person. Individuals must renew in person every other time to update their picture.

Online Renewal
Individuals must meet the eligibility requirements. Renewal

The fastest way to renew or change the address on your driver license or ID.

Phone Renewal
Call 1-866-DL RENEW (1-866-357-3639) to renew by phone. The eligibility requirements for phone renewal are the same as for online renewal.

Mail-in Renewal
Individuals who received an invitation to renew by mail can renew by mail, online or by phone. To renew by mail, please follow all of the instructions on the form.

In-Person Renewal
Individuals who are not eligible to renew online, by phone or by mail, must visit a driver license office to renew in person.

Provisional Licenses

Individuals who hold a provisional license must renew in person at a driver license office, regardless of their age. Provisional licenses can be renewed 30 days before expiration.

Minors (Under 18)

Individuals under 18 years of age must renew in person at a driver license office and bring a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form, a high school diploma or a GED. During the summer when school is not in session, the most recent report card may be accepted. (The report card must include the attendance record.)

Individuals upgrading a learner license to a provisional license must submit a certification of completion of driver education.

For details about these requirements, see the information for teen drivers.

Limited Term Renewal

Individuals who need to renew their limited term driver license or ID card should visit the Temporary Visitor web page.

Out-of-State Renewal

Individuals who do not currently live in Texas but their true, permanent home (domicile) is in Texas should read the instructions for out-of-state renewal.