Skip a Trip to the DMV! These 36 States Let You Renew Your Driver’s License Online

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If you’ve visited the DMV lately, you’re probably not in a big hurry to go back there anytime soon, right? Depending upon where you live, you may not have to!

Keep reading for the states that now allow you to renew your driver’s license online!

A few things to keep in mind: 

  • In most cases, you can only renew a license online if there are no changes to the information shown on the card.
  • If you do need to update your photo, address, or other information, you may still need to renew your license in person.
  • Be prepared to pay a small additional fee for online processing, which will vary from state to state.
  • If you’re upgrading to a REAL ID, you’ll most likely have to appear in person to complete this process.
  • Check your state’s website for more details on the license renewal process as it applies to your specific situation.

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  • Alabama permits you to renew your license online once every 8 years.
  • You must still appear in person to change your address or to add or remove license classes, restrictions, and/or endorsements.
  • State Website


  • To renew online, you must be within one year of expiration on your current card, and you cannot have completed the process online the last time you renewed.
  • You must still appear in person under certain conditions.
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  • If you aren’t changing your address and the California DMV already has your social security number on file, you can renew online.
  • Certain other restrictions apply.
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  • You must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to renew your driver’s license or State ID online.
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  • Online renewal is not available for holders of commercial driver licenses, graduated driver licenses, or to anyone who used the self-service kiosk for their last license renewal.
  • Anyone who has lost driving privileges cannot renew online until satisfying all requirements with DMV.
  • State Website

District of Columbia:

  • Online driver’s license renewals are only available to DC residents who currently have a REAL ID.
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  • You may only renew your license one time online, and the DMV must be able to verify your social security number.
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  • The applicant’s current License, ID, or Permit document must be Secure ID compliant.
  • The applicant must hold only a regular non-commercial driver’s license/permit/ID card that is current or has not been expired for more than 2 years.
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  • Applicants must be seeking a standard renewal with no changes to the original ID.
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  • Online renewals are available to those who have been deemed a “Safe Driver” by the Secretary of State’s office.
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  • Drivers who meet certain conditions are eligible to renew their driver’s license online.
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  • Drivers must meet certain conditions and are only permitted to renew their license online every other issuance.
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  • Drivers who don’t need to update any of their personal information may be eligible to renew their license online.
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  • Applicants must have already provided proof of legal residence to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
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  • Your renewal notice will indicate whether you are eligible for online renewal.
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  • Drivers who meet certain conditions may be eligible to renew their driver’s license online.
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  • To renew online, you must be a U.S. citizen, have a valid Social Security number on file with the Secretary of State, and cannot have renewed by mail or online the last time you renewed your driver’s license.
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  • Drivers who meet certain conditions are permitted to renew their license online every other renewal.
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  • Drivers who meet certain conditions are permitted to renew their license online once every 10 years.
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  • The DMV will send you a postcard informing you whether you can renew online or if you need to appear in person.
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 New Hampshire:

  • Drivers whose renewal notice contains a “Renewal Identification Number (RIN)” are eligible to renew online.
  • State Website

New Jersey:

  • Only drivers who have received a notice from the Motor Vehicle Commission with instructions to renew online are eligible to do so.
  • State Website

 New Mexico:

  • Drivers who meet certain eligibility requirements can renew their license online.
  • State Website

New York:

  • Most New Yorkers will be able to renew their driver’s license online, as long as they’ve first passed a vision test at a DMV-approved vision test provider.
  • State Website

North Carolina:

  • Eligible drivers are able to renew their license online, but certain restrictions apply.
  • State Website

North Dakota:

  • Online renewal is available to drivers every other renewal cycle only.
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  • Non-commercial drivers have the option to renew online, providing there are no corrections or changes to the document.
  • State Website

Rhode Island:

  • Drivers who are not submitting any changes to their license information may be eligible to renew online.
  • State Website

South Carolina:

  • Drivers in good standing can renew their license online every other issuance.
  • State Website

South Dakota:

  • Drivers must meet certain requirements to renew their licenses online, and they must still complete the process in person every 10 years.
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  • Eligible drivers with a current valid photo license may renew online and receive an updated license re-using their current photo.
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  • Eligible drivers may renew their licenses online every other renewal cycle.
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  • Drivers eligible to renew their license online will receive a letter in the mail with further instructions.
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  • Every other renewal cycle, drivers may renew their licenses online. Your renewal notice will indicate if you are eligible to renew online or whether you must renew in person.
  • State Website


  • Drivers must meet certain eligibility requirements to renew their licenses online.
  • State Website

West Virginia:

  • Online renewal is available for non-commercial drivers ages 21 years and older, and applicants must be US citizens with licenses in good standing.
  • No changes can be made to name, address, or certain driver information when renewing online.
  • State Website

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Comments 28

  1. Kitty

    Yeah just moved and got a new license with new address without going to DMV last week 🙂

    • Cassandra (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Congrats on your move, Kitty!

    • Tabatha King

      Do u live in Ohio

  2. Mbrown

    We did ours in Arkansas

  3. Jennifer

    Make sure you go to the correct website. There are scam websites out there. I work in credit cards and see it all the time. It’s not fraud as you have them your credit card information so it’s a dispute but you’ll still want to cancel the reoccurring subscription you get set up for.

    • jenn

      It is very difficult to figure out which site is the legitimate one for Texas! It’s crazy. Every time I search for it, I end up having to weed thru more sites to get to the real 1. Granted, some of the sites do have legitimate info on them (if you’re looking for info/details on all the rules & stuff), but yes, make sure it’s the right site before entering any personal info.

    • Wanda H Morris

      Thank you

  4. Jen

    Missouri is not on this list, but I always renew online! Just have to have a code listed on the renewal postcard.

    • mel

      You can renew your vehicle license plates online with the pin code. You cannot renew your drivers license online! You must renew in office unless you are military.

  5. MekaRTR

    In AL you don’t have to submit a new photo. Your last photo will be used. Only thing, you cannot renew online twice in a row. Did it last yr, so in a few yrs when time to renew, I’ll have to go in.

    • R

      I did mine this year online in Alabama. 😊 Wish we could do online every year.

  6. Moneysaver

    Beware of scam website when searching for online renewal. Once I about to give my credit card info and then stopped.

  7. Beverly

    Another option is to check to see if your local DMV office has any photo card-only days or hours. The DMV near me is open only for photo licenses one day a week, and it’s much less of a hassle to go during those times. The last time I went a couple months ago, there was no line at at all and I was in an out within 10 minutes.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re right! That does make it so much easier! My DMV has that option too! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Donna

    Pennsylvania has the online drivers’ license renewal option but you still need to visit a local PennDot Photo ID Center to have your photo taken and obtain your new drivers’ license.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful comment, Donna!

  9. Cari

    Of course Oregon does not have this option lol

  10. riss

    I’ve always renewed my license online in California, except one time when we moved out of the country for 1.5 years and i had to go to the DMV to do the written exams! The horrors! What if I failed and every 15 year old around me passed? 😬😭

  11. Lo

    California let me renew online twice before I’d have to go to a dmv.
    I love renewing my tags online also. The only cost difference is the postage if you pay by electronic check.

  12. Kathy

    My husband just renewed his drivers license online here in Colorado, it was super easy and quick!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! That’s great to hear, Kathy!

  13. Motomom

    So this is funny!!!!! I had a CA DL and my husband in the military go orders to N.C., when it was time to renew I was able to do so online without updating my pic and was asked for my address of residence, which is N.C. I received a new CA DL with my N.C. address!!!! It’s a legit license but I get questioned regarding its authenticity a bunch!!! Kinda embarrassing, considering I was born in 1982……

    • Lo

      Same before I got out! Never got questioned just an odd look tho I usually said military when I spotted the confusion.

  14. Nikki divine

    How do I do it o line

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Nikki! Be sure to click through the link above for your state, if listed! Hope this helps!

  15. Rita Strunk

    Is this available in ky

  16. Bob kukuk

    My dumb told me to renew online because they are booked thru June, 4 months after my expiration…but okla is not on the list

  17. Bob kukuk

    My dmv

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