Washington DC Drivers License Renewal

Renewing your Driver License

If your driver's license is about to expire, you need to act now. Renewing your license before it's too late can save you a lot of time and money. Our staff has researched the driver's license renewal process for every state, so all the information you need is right here at your fingertips. Click "Continue" below to get started..



Renewing Your License in Washington DC

How to apply for a new license in Washington DC


First check what status your license is - You can only drive if you have a driver's license and you must remember to renew your license every eight years.

How to renew your license:

  • In person
  • Online
  • By mail

If you have any doubts on the current status of your license, consider ordering a driving record report.Attempting to renew an expired license will not cost you in fines, but it may cost you in time. If you allow your license to remain expired for 90 days or more, you must retake the written test. And if you allow it to remain expired for 180 days or more, you must also take the road test again. Expired licenses must be renewed in person.

You can order a driving record report to determine what the status of your license.

Depending on your license's expiration date, you should receive a renewal notice anywhere from 30-60 days prior.

Renew Online

You cannot renew online if:

  • You used the online option for your last renewal.
  • You recently changed address or name and failed to notify the DMV.
  • You fainted or experienced a seizure within the last five years, or were treated for fainting or a seizure over the last 12 months.
  • You recently experienced a change in a current medical condition.

When renewing online, you must pay the $44 fee using Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Your new license should arrive in the mail within 10 days.

Renewing by mail

Is only available for residents who are temporarily living more than 200 miles outside of the District of Columbia.

To apply, you must mail the following:

  • A copy of your current DC license.
  • A completed Driver's License Application.
  • Proof of out of District residency.
  • A check for $44.

Mail to:

DMV
P.O. Box 90120
Washington, DC 20024-0120

Renew in Person

Visit any DMV service location with:

  • Your current District of Columbia driver's license.
  • If you have moved, address documentation.
  • Proof of name change, if applicable.
  • A completed Driver's License Application.
  • Cash, money order or credit card (Visa, Discover, MasterCard) to pay the $44 fee.