How To Renew Your Virginia Drivers License

Do you need to renew your drivers license in Virginia? We've collected useful and up-to-date information to help save you time when renewing your drivers license. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

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 DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. 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 DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Renewing Your Virginia Drivers License

You can renew your Virginia drivers license online, by mail, by phone or in person. A renewal is valid for eight years. 

Note: You can only renew by mail or online every other renewal cycle. 

To renew your license online, you will need to provide:

  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • $32 fee

By Mail
You will get a renewal application in the mail. Fill this form out and mail it to:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 26506
Richmond, VA 23260-6506

By Phone
Dial toll-free: 1-888-337-4782
Please note that you will need a credit card to pay for your license renewal by phone.

In Person
You will need several documents to renew your license in person. You must prove your legal presence, identity, and residency by providing the following:

  • SSN number
  • Birth certificate
  • Document with name and address
  • Bills
  • Tax returns
  • Payroll stubs

Additional Information

  • Military personnel may be granted an extension of up to three years on their license.  
  • If your license has been expired for a year or more, you must take the drivers, written, and road test again.
  • If any information you provide online, through the mail, or by telephone doesn’t match the information stored at the DMV office, you will need to renew in person.

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