maryland drivers license renewal - MD

Renew your Maryland Drivers license. Prepare all your MVA info. There are three different manners in which you can renew your license in Maryland. The following are your options: By mail, at an MVA branch or an MVA kiosk. Every driver has the option of showing up in person to any mva service office. The option of renewing by mail is only valid if you meet all of the required conditions, which we will clearly describe below. Your other alternative is to use our site and download your checklist. We’ll supply you with all of the necessary forms, rules, and steps. Please continue reading below to get started with your Maryland license renewal.

Maryland Drivers License Expiration Dates

The expiration date of your license expires on the date listed on your actual driver’s license. Typically, licenses are valid for five (5) years. Please remember that you must carry your license on you, at all times while driving. Your expiration date will always fall on your date of birth.

Renewal Notice

You will receive a renewal notice via mail which will allow you to process your Maryland renewal online. This will renewal will be sent sixty (60) days before the expiration of your drivers license. The MVA will mail the renewal notice to the address on file. Please make sure to update the MVA of any changes of address. You are required by law, to report a change of address within sixty (60) days of moving.

When To Renew

It’s best if you renew your driver’s license on, or before its expiration date. You can take advantage of the renew by mail option, and submit your renewal fifteen (15) days before it expires. It is against the law to drive with an expired license.

Maryland Drivers License Renew by Mail

This is a very convenient manner in which to renew your license. In order to renew by mail in Maryland, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You must have been mailed a “renew my mail” package.
  • You must complete the Mail In Driver’s License Renewal application.
  • You must have the same address as the one on your Mail In Driver’s License Renewal Application. The MVA will not send your license to another mailing address. If you need to change your driver’s license address, you must make the change before your renew by mail package was sent out.
  • You must have a valid and verifiable Social Security Number.
  • You should send your renewal by mail two (2) weeks in advance before your birthday.
  • Drivers over forty (40) years of age must have their doctor fill out the “Vision Certification” part of the mail in renewal form.
  • You have not changed your address.
  • You have not changed your name.
  • Send your renewal by mail along with the COST. The fee is currently $30.00

After you meet the requirements below and complete the steps, your license will be sent via mail in approximately two (2) weeks. You need to destroy your old (expired) license. It is against the law to possess more than one license. If you have not received your license in over 2 weeks, you can call the MVA at 1-410-768-7000.

Maryland Drivers License Renewal for Military Drivers

Active duty military drivers and dependents (that live out of state with the active member) can take advantage of the following rule for their Maryland license renewal. You will be given thirty (30) days after you terminate active duty to renew your license. You must keep your current license while on active duty, as long as it has not been suspended, revoked or expired.

Renewal Steps for U.S. Military Drivers

  • Make sure to bring your current driver’s license.
  • You must pass a vision exam at the MVA or have your doctor complete the following DL-043 Vision Form.
  • Bring proof of your Social Security Number. However, if your current license is older than April 19, 2009, you may not have to show proof of your SSN or Legal Presence.
  • If your current expiring/expired license has been expired for more than one 1 year, please note the following:
    • You may have to retake other tests (besides vision which is mandatory).
    • In order to avoid having to retake the Driving, Knowledge and Vision tests, you will need to show proof of your current drivers license, Military ID and military orders paperwork.
    • If you cannot show proof of those items, you will be required to retake the Driving, Knowledge and Vision tests

Renew Maryland Drivers License In Person

You can also walk into any MVA office to renew your license. The cost to renew will be $30 for a 6 year license and $21 for drivers over 65 years of age (4 year license). Click here for the latest FEES. You will need to do the following to renew in person:

  1. Find a local mva service office location.
  2. Bring your renewal notice.
  3. Bring your current drivers license.
  4. Provide your Social Security Number. It must be a valid verifiable Social Security Number and the name must the same one as your documents for proof of Age and Identity. If the name is not the same, then you must make the official with the Social Security Administration (can take as long as 48 hours).
  5. However, if your current license is older than April 19, 2009, you may not have to show proof of your SSN or Legal Presence.
  6. You must pass a vision exam at the MVA.
  7. Bring your Identification documents (read below) and your current drivers license which will serve as identification. If you lost your license, you will need to show two (2) different pieces of ID (read below).
  8. You must pass a vision screening test if over forty (40) years of age and this is your first renewal, or at every other renewal if you are above 40, of every renewal if you are 62 or over.
  9. You need to report any medical condition which could affect your driving. Have your doctor generate a letter describing your disability, along with any medications.
  10. Pay the required $30 cost for your license renewal. See the most currents FEES here.
  11. You can also Register To Vote.

You will be issued your newly renewed Maryland drivers license.

Expired License

If your license is currently expired, you can be given a ticket for driving with an expired license. If it has been expired for more than one (1) years, your only option for renewal is go in person to a MVA branch. This is because you will need to retake both the written and driving exams. For your complete list and to get all your Maryland DMV forms and instructions, please click below to get started. Click here to Renew Your Maryland Driver License.


Other Driver License Topics in the State of Maryland

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  • Renew Driver's License
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