Most driver licenses and identification cards can be renewed up to two years before and after the expiration date. You have several convenient options to renew your Texas driver license or identification card during this time, including:
The following categories have additional renewal requirements. Select below for more information:
Renewing Expired License
Driver licenses or ID cards that have been expired for more than two years cannot be renewed. If your driver license or ID card has been expired for more than two years, you must:
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If you are 79 years of age or older and hold a driver license or ID card, you must renew in person at a driver license office. Visit the Drivers Age 79 or Older page for additional information.
If you are under 18 years of age, you must renew in person at a driver license office. Complete the renewal application and bring one of the following*:
If you are upgrading a learner license to a provisional license, you must submit a certification of completion of driver education.
* A VOE is not required for renewal if you provided it to obtain your learner license.
For more information about these requirements, visit the teen drivers web page.
Limited Term Renewal
If you need to renew a limited term driver license or ID card, visit the Temporary Visitor web page.
If you do not currently live in Texas but your true, permanent home (domicile) is in Texas, visit the out-of-state renewal web page.
The most convenient way to renew your Texas driver license, motorcycle license, or identification card is online or by telephone. You must meet the following requirements:
Texas driver license
Texas Identification Card
If you meet the requirements for the card you are trying to renew, you must have the following to complete the renewal process:
Begin the online renewal process, or call 1-866-DL RENEW (1-866-357-3639) to renew by telephone. If you renew online, you will be provided with an opportunity to provide and/or update your emergency contact information.
If you received an invitation to renew by mail, you can also choose to renew online or by phone. See the section "Online or Telephone Renewals" above. To renew by mail, please follow all of the instructions on the form.
You may use our interactive REAL ID Document Check Application to assist in preparing you for your Driver License Office Visit. Just follow the steps, and at the end, you will have a customized checklist of the documents to bring for your visit
If you are not eligible to renew online, by phone, or by mail, you will need to visit your local driver license office for assistance. You may download this checklist to assist you in determining which documents you may have that will meet these requirements, and visit our License Eligibility page to verify your driver license status. Once you have collected the required documents, you will need to do the following:
*You will also be asked to confirm personal information, such as date-of-birth or Social Security Number. If the Social Security Number is not already part of the driver record, you must provide documents to verify your Social Security Number. (Documents verifying a Social Security Number are required for both a driver license and an ID.)
To enhance security, reduce the risk of identity theft or fraud, and protect the integrity of the issuance process, you will be required to verify your social security number (SSN), identity, and citizenship before we can renew your Texas DL or ID.
For information on the Address Confidentiality Program, visit the Address Confidentiality Program page.