Driver License Renewal Options

Appointment AdIf you have received a post card asking you to renew in person, you must do so. The only exception to this is made for active-duty military members.

Review the Real ID information below if you have not already upgraded to a Real ID. See also Driver License Fees.

It is your responsibility to renew your license on time whether or not you receive a renewal notice. Please keep your address current with us. See Address Changes. A postal forwarding order is not sufficient.

If your expiration date is approaching and you have not received any notice, email your name, current address and driver license number or call (775) 684-4560 or (877) 368-7828.

If you are outside of Nevada and cannot reach a Nevada DMV office, you may download and complete an Application for Nevada Driver License By Mail (DMV 204). Please email or call before completing this application. It will be returned if you do not qualify for a mail renewal or if there is any unusual problem with your license.

Options

In-Person

Make an appointment at larger DMV offices. You may renew in person at any DMV office at any time.

A knowledge test is required if you have had more than two moving violations or any license suspension, revocation, cancellation or denial within the last 4 years. You may also be required to pass a driving skills test.

You will have to take the knowledge test if you hold an instruction permit that has been expired more than 30 days.

See the Real ID information below. Be sure to bring any additional documentation required for a Real ID or other reasons such as immigration status, medical letter, etc.

Nevada licenses are issued from a central location and mailed to you. We will punch a hole in your existing license and return it to you with an interim document.

Internet

You must have a full-page renewal notice and a MyDMV account. Get started here. Most motorists are required to renew in person.

Address Change. You may change your address online before you renew through your MyDMV account. Renewals are sent to the address on record. A postal forwarding order is not sufficient to ensure delivery of your license.

Mail/Fax

You must have a full-page renewal notice to renew by mail. The only exceptions are for members of the Armed Forces, their spouses, dependents or certain federal employees.

We may ask you to include a Payment Authorization Slip (VP 205) for fee payment on mailed or faxed renewals.

The DMV honors the postmark on mailed renewals. We will not assess late fees if the postmark is up to 30 days past the expiration date.  You may renew by mail up to one year late if otherwise qualified. A $10 late fee will apply.

Veteran Designation Top ↑

Veterans with an honorable discharge may have a designation placed on their license next to the license number. See the pictures below. Bring your evidence of honorable discharge to your next renewal or mail a copy with a mailed renewal. Visit archives.gov to obtain a copy of your DD-214 or other evidence of honorable discharge.

Real ID or Standard License Top ↑

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Nevada issues licenses that comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005.

Existing license holders must choose either a Real ID driver license or a standard driver license. You must show proof of identity and residential address to obtain a Real ID.

Watch our self-help videos! Click on the video icon and choose English or Spanish.

Real ID License

Real ID Driver License

A Real ID compliant license is marked with gold circle containing a star. A Real ID will be required for those who wish to use a driver's license or state ID to board aircraft beginning October 1, 2020. See DHS Real ID Information for details and other instances where a Real ID is required.

To obtain a Real ID license, you must show proof of identity and residential address one time at the DMV. Most license holders submitted proof of identity in the past. You must show the documents again to obtain a Real ID.

Standard License

Standard Nevada License

A standard Nevada license is marked "NOT FOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL USE" and, in the future, will not be valid for boarding aircraft or other uses outlined in DHS Real ID Information.

You do not have to present any documentation other than your existing license for renewal. You may use the internet or mail options if you are eligible to do so.

License Terms

8-Year and 4-Year Licenses

Most motorists under 65 years of age will receive a license that is valid for eight years.

Licenses for those 65 and older and Driver Authorization Cards are valid for four years.

Shorter-term Licenses

Motorists with instruction permits, certain medical conditions and registered sex offenders have annual renewals. Motorcycle instruction permits for those 18 and older are valid for six months (beginning with permits issued January 2, 2018, or later).

If U.S. immigration documents are used as proof of identity, the expiration of your license will coincide with the departure date on your immigration documents. These licenses will be marked "LIMITED TERM".

If the departure date is eight years or more in the future, your license will be valid for eight years. Those 65 and older will be issued a four-year license if their departure date is four years or more in the future.

If the immigration document indicates “D/S” (Duration of Status) instead of an actual expiration date, the license will expire 1 year from the date of issuance. The fee charged will be that of a 4-year card.

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You may renew your license at any time in person at a DMV office. You may visit any DMV office regardless of your city or county of residence.

This is highly recommended for those who are planning an extended trip outside of Nevada. Active-duty military members are encouraged to renew in person when visiting Nevada.

If your expiration date is less than 6 months away, the new year of expiration will be set four or eight years ahead. If the expiration date is 6 months to one year from the date of renewal, the year of expiration will be set seven years ahead.

The same 6-month rule applies if you are renewing more than a year ahead of expiration. For example, if the expiration is one year and five months from the date of renewal, the new year of expiration will be set three years or seven years ahead. If the expiration is one year and seven months away, the new year of expiration will be six years ahead.

Late Renewal Top ↑

A $10 late fee applies if your license has been expired 31 days or more. Make an appointment.

If your license has been expired one year or more, you must take the written test. If your license has been expired for four years or more, you will also have to take the skills test.

You may renew by mail only if you are qualified to do so and your license is expired 30 days or less. Late renewals online are not available.

If you are outside of Nevada - If you received a renewal notice, you may renew by mail up to 30 days after expiration. Licenses which have been expired 31 days to one year may be renewed by mail (if otherwise qualified) with an additional $10 late fee using an Application for Nevada Driver License by Mail (DMV 204). Please contact us for eligibility requirements. 

Military/Federal - Nevada residents who are currently members of the Armed forces, their spouses, dependents or certain federal employees may be eligible to renew by mail up to 2 years after expiration.  Please contact us for eligibility requirements. 

If you did not receive a renewal notice, please call or email and include your current address for instructions.