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idaho drivers license renewal - ID

Renew your Idaho Drivers license now and avoid going to the DMV. There are two different ways in which you can renew your license in Idaho. These options are the following: At the DMV or via Mail. Every driver has the option of showing up in person to any idaho dmv office. The option of renewing via mail is only valid every other renewal period only if your drivers license is valid for four (4) years. Your last option is to use our site and download your checklist. We’ll supply you with all of the forms , rules, and steps. Please click below to get started with your Idaho license renewal.

Idaho License Expiration Dates

The expiration date of your license will be set between four (4) and eight (8) years. The 8 year renewal is only valid for drivers between the ages of 21 and 62. Its expiration date will always fall on your birthday, either on the fourth or eighth year (from the year in which it was issued).

Renewal Notice / Info

The DMV will send you a renewal notice to the address listed on your driving record file sixty (60) days before your license’s expiration date. That’s why it’s very important to always maintain a current address on file with the DMV. If you move and get a new address please make sure to follow the change of address instructions that we’ve prepared for you.

When To Renew

It’s best if you renew your driver’s license on, or before its expiration date. You can also prepare ahead of time, and apply for renewal 25 months before its expiration date. If you are unable to renew before it expires, try to not to wait longer than one (1) year. If your license has been expired for over 1 year, then you will need to retake the written and skills tests.

Renew Online

Idaho does not allow online renewing of your drivers license. However, you can prepare ahead of time and download your checklist by signing up HERE.

Renew by Mail

This option is only available for drivers between the ages of twenty one (21) and sixty nine (69). However, this option is only available if:

  • Your current license has an expiration date of four (4) years.
  • You do not have an extension on your current drivers license.

There will be an extra charge of $1.00, which is called a sheriff administrative fee, for processing via mail. After your license renewal application is accepted by the DMV, you will receive your renewed license in the mail. Your picture from your previous license will be used. Finally, it’s important to note that any changes to your license (name or address change), will have to be made in person at a local idaho dmv office.

Renewal for Military Drivers

Active duty military drivers and dependents have the option of applying for a renewal extension of up to four (4) years. There will be an added cost of $10.00 for processing the extension.

Renewal Tips / Steps for U.S. Military Drivers

  • If your expiration date is less than twenty five (25) months away, try to visit a local idaho dmv office. You are allowed to renew your license 25 months before its expiration.
  • If your expiration date is more than twenty five (25) months away, and you will be in active duty at that time, then it’s best if you file for an extension. You can download the Idaho Drivers License Extension form HERE. Try to mail the form to the DMV, at least two (2) months before it expires.
  • An extension will give you four (4) more years to renew.
  • For further questions, please contact the Idaho DMV at (208) 334-8735 or via e-mail at

Renewal for drivers who are temporarily Out of State

If you are a resident of the state of Idaho and you are currently temporarily out of state, you may apply for a one (1) year extension on your current drivers license. The cost is an additional $10.00.

Renew In Person at a DMV Office

You can also walk into any idaho dmv office to renew your license. The cost to renew will be $30 for a 4 year license, and you must be older than twenty one (21) years of age. Your other option is an 8 year license which will cost you $55 . Click here for the latest FEES. You will need to do the following to renew in person:

  1. You must pass a vision test.
  2. At the examiners discretion, you might need to take a Skills test, or Visual examination, or medical examination.
  3. Pay the required FEE.

Expired License

If your license has been expired for over 1 year, then you will need to retake the following tests: Written Knowledge and the Skills Test. However, if your license just recently expired then, you will not have to go through these additional steps.


Other Driver License Topics in the State of Idaho

  • New Driver's License
  • Renew Driver's License
  • Learner's Permit