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new hampshire drivers license renewal - NH

Renew your New Hampshire drivers license now. Prepare all your DMV info. Get all the forms, rules and steps required for your NH drivers license renewal. New Hampshire residents have the convenience of renewing online as long as you are invited to do so. If you are currently away from the state you may ask for permission to extend your driver's license expiration date. You may also decide to appear in person at any one of the state's new hampshire dmv office. As a last option, by registering on our site, we'll make sure to give you everything that you need for your renewal. We’ll supply you with all of the necessary forms, rules, and steps in order for you to be completely prepared. Please continue reading below to get started with your New Hampshire license renewal.

New Hampshire Drivers License Renewal Information

Expiration Date

To be certain of your Granite State driver's license expiration date, you'll have to look back at your age when the license was last issued to you.

  • If you were less than twenty one (21) years of age but sixteen (16) or older, your license is set to expire when you turn twenty one (21).
  • For all other drivers over twenty (21) years of age, your license will expire five (5) years from the date that it was given to you.

Please remember that your birthday is usually the day when it will expire. If there is any doubt, you can always verify the exact expiration date by looking at the face of your license. Look for the date next to the letters Exp.

Renewal Notice

As long as your address is current with the NH DMV, you will receive (by mail) a renewal notice/reminder sixty (60) days before your license expires. Carefully read the notice because it will contain instructions detailing your exact renewal options. Always maintain an up to date address with the DMV. If you've recently moved you'll have ten (10) days to make an official address change (via a form) with the DMV. Other reasons for not receiving a notice could be because your license is currently suspended or if you are using mail forwarding. Not receiving a notice is not an excuse for renewing late. The DMV will give you plenty of time to renew before the expiration. 

When To Renew

You don't want to wait until the day of your expiration as this will not give you any time to prepare for unforeseen events. That's why its wise to take advantage of the fact that the New Hampshire DMV will allow you to go to any DMV office, and renew six (6) months before your license expires.

Expired New Hampshire License

If your license is expired, please don't drive as you will be cited by a law enforcement officer, because it's against the law to do so. Depending on how long your license has gone over its expiration date, you'll have to follow additional guidelines on renewal day. For instance, if it's been less than twelve (12) months that it expired, you may simply visit any DMV location and renew. However, if it's been longer than twelve (12) months but less than three (3) years, you will need to bring additional proof of ID documents. Any driver with a license expired longer than three (3) years will have to retake all tests.    

A license which is on suspension will not be renewable. The application will be denied. Driving with a suspended license will make matters worse and you will probably face jail time. The only way to restore your driving privileges is to serve serve the suspension period and re-apply with the Restoration Bureau. A reinstatement fee will also need to be paid. In order to avoid paying the highest insurance rates after your suspension, please use our free insurance quote service to compare rates from many different companies.

Renew New Hampshire Drivers License Online

Please check the renewal notice that was mailed to you in order to verify whether or not you may renew via the DMV's site.

Requirements to Renew Online

  • Your renewal notice/reminder must have given you a Renewal Identification Number (RIN).
  • If you do not have a renewal notice you may not renew online. Please go in person.
  • Commercial driver license drivers many not renew their CDL online. 
  • You must have your current expiring license, a credit card and a printer. 


  1. Visit the NH DMV ONLINE RENEWAL PAGE to get started with your renewal.
  2. You will be asked to enter your first, middle and last name, followed by your driver license number, and the date in which your current license was issued. The date will be on the back of your current license.
  3. You will then be asked to enter your Renewal Identification Number (RIN) which was given to you inside your renewal notice.
  4. Pay the renewal Fee of $50.00. Only Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
  5. You will be required to print a receipt which will serve as proof of a license while your final driver's license card is mailed to you. It will arrive in less than sixty (60) days.

Note: If your license has not arrived in forty five (45) days, you may try to contact the DMV. Please call them at (603) 227-4020 or email them at

New Hampshire Drivers License Renew by Mail

Renewal by mail is not allowed in the state of New Hampshire. However, if you are out of state temporarily, you may try to apply for an extension. This extension will be valid for six (6) months.

Out of State Renewal/Extension By Mail

In order to qualify for the extension, the DMV must have your picture, your license must not be suspended, and you must not owe any money to the DMV.


  1. Verify that you qualify for a by mail renewal by calling 603-227-4020.
  2. Fill out the following Driver License Application and print it out. You'll need to enter your name, address, out of state address, birth date, gender, height, weight, hair and eye color, social security number, phone, email and answer a few questions.
  3. Don't forget to sign and date the application.
  4. You'll also need to fill out the following Temporarily Out of State form.
  5. Make payment for the cost of the renewal. The only forms of payment accepted are money order or checks.
  6. Send your application and payment to the following address:

    NH Dept. of Safety
    DMV - Driver Licensing
    23 Hazen Drive
    Concord, NH 03305

Note: Upon returning to New Hampshire you must visit a new hampshire dmv office and renew your license.

New Hampshire Drivers License Renewal for Military Drivers

Active duty members and their dependents may conveniently renew by mail.


  • If you have been serving the U.S. armed forces for more than 2 years, you do not have to pay the renewal fee. 
  • If you are the spouse of a military driver, you may renew by mail as long as the DMV has your photograph on file.

Renewal Steps for U.S. Military Drivers

  • Fill out the following Driver License Application and print it out. You'll need to enter your name, address, out of state address, birth date, gender, height, weight, hair and eye color, social security number, phone, email and answer a few questions.
  • Have your commanding officer fill out the following residency certificate which proves that you were a resident of New Hampshire when you began active duty, and that you are currently serving. 
  • Lastly, fill out the following Temporarily Out of State form.
  • Make a copy of your military ID.
  • If you are the spouse of a military driver and you are applying for your renewal, you must have a vision test performed. Please have an eye specialist complete this form.
  • If you are the spouse of a military driver and you are applying for your renewal, you must include the payment of $50.00. The check must be written to State of NH-DMV.
  • Send your application and payment (only spouses must pay) to the following address:

    NH Dept. of Safety
    DMV - Driver Licensing
    23 Hazen Drive
    Concord, NH 03305

  • Your new license will be sent by mail.


Note: If the DMV does not have your photo in their system, you will be sent a without photo license. If you were sent a without photo license, you must visit a new hampshire dmv office upon returning to New Hampshire, because the DMV will have your photograph taken. Spouses of military drivers that do not have their photo in the DMV's database, will not be allowed to renew by mail. 

If it's been more than forty five (45) days since you applied, call the DMV at (603) 227-4020 or email them at

Renew New Hampshire Drivers License In Person

If you are not eligible to renew online, this is your only option.


  1. Prepare to take your current expiring driver's license. If you do not have it, you must bring additional proof of identification documents (read section below for more information).
  2. Prepare and print out the New Hampshire Driver License Application form.
  3. Visit any new hampshire dmv office on a business day between 8am and 4:30pm.
  4. An eye test is required. Written and driving tests only required if your license has expired for more than 3 years.
  5. Bring money to pay the $50.00 cost of renewal.
  6. Your photograph will be taken.
  7. If approved you will be handed a temporary driver's license which will be valid for sixty (60) days. Your final license will be sent via mail and should arrive in no more than sixty (60) days.

Note: If your license has not arrived in forty five (45) days, you may try to contact the DMV. Please call them at (603) 227-4020 or email them at


New Hampshire Drivers License Renewal Documents

  • Just bring your expiring drivers license and it will be enough to satisfy all documents. 
  • If any of the following conditions are true, you must bring two (2) documents of identification and one (1) document that proves that you live in New Hampshire. See the complete list of allowed documents here.
    • You do not have your current expiring drivers license.
    • Your license has been expired for longer than twelve (12) months.

Auto Insurance

Renewing your drivers license is a great time to see if you qualify for lower insurance rates. Most driver's are overpaying for their insurance premiums by as much as $500 per year. Carrying insurance is not required (unless SR-22) in New Hampshire but it's a smart thing to have. It will protect you and your family in the event of an accident. Get a free insurance quote instantly by checking with our insurance partners in New Hampshire.