How To Renew Your New York Drivers License
Need to renew your New York drivers license? We've collected information to help you get a drivers license, including links and forms, so that you can get going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide" containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
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 local DMV office
If you prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. 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 local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
Renewing Your New York Drivers License
You may renew your drivers license in New York no sooner than a year before it expires, and no later than two years after it expires. Approximately 45 to 60 days before a New York drivers license expires, the DMV will mail you a New York drivers renewal notice. The expiration date is always the driver's birthday.
A learner's permit can only be renewed if a person passed a written test sometime within the previous two years. If it has been after that two-year time limit, a person must retake a written and vision test in order to get a new learner's permit. Once it expires, you are not allowed to drive. However, you may renew your New York drivers license by mail or at a local Department of Motor Vehicles office.
Renew Your New York Drivers License In Person
If you need to renew your New York drivers license, you may do so at a local DMV office. Bring one of the following:
- A renewal application (or)
- A completed form MV-44
We will provide you with the necessary forms and a checklist of the documentation required to renew your drivers license in New York, or you may download them on the New York state Department of Motor Vehicles website.
You must pass a vision test at the DMV license office or bring an eye test report that was completed by an eye care doctor or specialist. It is recommended that an eye test by a doctor be completed within six months of renewing your New York drivers license. Anyone wishing to update his or her photo on a renewed New York drivers license must apply in person.
Renew Your New York Drivers License Online
Not everyone is eligible to renew a New York drivers license online. Those who are must have:
- Passed a vision test and have a form that was completed by an eye doctor or specialist. The form that must be completed by your eye doctor or vision specialist is a MV-619 or MV-619R and must be recent.
- The Department of Motor Vehicles must also have your Social Security Number on file or the process cannot be completed online.
- An applicant's current address must be the same address that is on file with the DMV or it cannot be renewed.
- New York driver's license renewals online are only available for people that are currently located in the United States, including military personnel.
A driver must update his or her address online before completing the renewal process. For additional restrictions, check out the New York state Department of Motor Vehicle's website and view the tab for Online License Renewal FAQs or visit our frequently asked questions and answers to obtaining a New York driver license.
Renew Your New York Drivers License By Mail
For the New York drivers license renewal applicant wishing to renew a New York drivers license by mail, you must submit:
Proof that you have passed a vision test that has been performed by an eye doctor. A MV-619 or MV-619R form must be filled out, submitted, and must be recent.
If you have received a renewal notice through the mail, all you have to do is:
- Fill it out and return it with the fee and your vision test certification.
You can send it in the mail to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. The signature and photo that are currently on file with the department of motor vehicles will be what appears on your renewed drivers license. You will then receive your new license in approximately two weeks.
Not everyone receives a renewal notice but you may still be able to renew by mail, as well as sending in proof of a passed vision test. In order to do this, you must download forms MV-44, MV-44.1 and form MV-619 to mail in. Proof of identity and a check or money order in the amount of the renewal fee should also be sent.
Fees to renew New York drivers licenses vary depending on the type of renewal a driver is seeking and are valid for eight years. As of September 2009, all New York driver's license renewal applicants will need to pay an additional $1 for a Metropolitan Commuter Transportation fee every six months. This fee is payable by persons residing in New York City, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and by residents of Suffolk, Westchester, Nassau, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland.
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