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delaware drivers license renewal - DE

Renew your Delaware Drivers license now and avoid going to the DMV. There are two different ways in which you can renew your license in Delaware. You can show up in person to any delaware dmv office, or you can 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 Delaware license renewal. There is a third option but this is only valid for active duty military drivers or drivers who are Defense employees.

Renewal Of Delaware Drivers License

Delaware License Expiration Dates

In the past, the expiration date of your license was set at five (5) years. However, beginning in the year 2012 the Delaware DMV began issuing licenses that are valid for eight (8) years. This will be a permanent change as of December 12, 2016. Finally, your expiration date will always fall on your date of birth!

Renewal Notice

The DMV will send you a renewal notice sixty (60) days before your birthday, to the address listed on your driving record file. That’s way 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

Try to renew your license on or before its expiration date. You may also prepare ahead of time, and apply for renewal 180 days or 6 months before it expires. If you fail to renew the license by its renewal date, you will be charged a late renewal fee of $1.15.

Renew Online

Delaware 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 to a select number of drivers who fall into a very specific category. It is only available for active duty military drivers or drivers who are Defense employees.

Renewal for Military Drivers

As mentioned, renewing by mail is an option if you are currently serving in the military. Additionally, Department of Defense contractors, civilian military employees and their family members can also take advantage of the renewal by mail option. Another benefit of falling into this category is that you will be waived the late renewal fee if you go past your driver’s license expiration date.

Steps to Renew by Mail for Military Drivers

  1. Provide your full name, date of birth , place of birth (city, state and county), license number and Social Security Number
  2. Provide a copy of your military ID card or military assignment order
  3. The Delaware address that will appear on your license (can use a family members address)
  4. Current mailing address, which will be used to send you the new renewed license
  5. Phone number or email address
  6. Your signature
  7. You must send a check or money order written to DMV for $40.00
  8. The following is the mailing address
  9. Division of Motor Vehicles
    Attn: Driver Services Dept.
    P.O. Box 698
    Dover, DE 19903

Your renewed license will be delivered via mail.

Renew In Person at a DMV Office

You can also walk into any delaware dmv office to renew your license. The cost to renew will be $40 for an 8 year license. Licenses valid for fewer years are cheaper. The following are the prices:

  • $25.00 – valid for 5 years
  • $30.00 – valid for 6 years
  • $35.00 – valid for 7 years
  • $40.00 – valid for 8 years

Documents required to Renew In Person

  • You will need to bring the license that you currently possess.
  • Original Birth Certificate (or copy) OR Active Passport (or immigration documents)
  • Social Security Card OR a letter from the Social Security Administration ( with your full Social Security Number
  • Two (2) Documents which prove your Residency in Delaware (must contain your name and address, and not be older than sixty (60) days)
  • Please fill out and bring the renewal form that was sent via mail


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