Obtaining a drivers license in Texas is a privilege. Therefore, it is important that you renew this important credential at the appropriate time. You should renew your expiring license quickly to maintain your driving privileges. If you do not renew by the expiration date but continue to drive, you can face penalties for operating a car with an expired license. You must renew online, by phone, by mail or in person and provide the renewal fee. Phone and online renewal have specific eligibility requirements. You must visit the DPS every 12 years to take a new picture and update your fingerprints and signature.
If you are under the age of 18, your license will be valid until you turn 18 years of age, whereas for individuals who are 85 years of age or older, the license expires on the second birthday after the application date. You may expect to receive a notice for renewal six weeks before your license expires.
In Texas, you can apply for a renewal up to a year before your drivers license expiration date and you can do so online, by mail, by phone or in person.
To be eligible for this type of drivers license renewal, you must:
If you comply with all aforementioned conditions, go to the Texas Department of Public Safety website and provide:
The same eligibility requirements (mentioned above) apply if you would like to renew your drivers license by phone.
Those that meet the criteria can dial: 1-866-357-3639 and:
Note: You will be required to pay an additional $1 for online and telephone renewals.
You are eligible to renew your Texas drivers license if you meet the criteria mentioned in the Online renewal section.
If this is the case, the Texas DPS will notify you (by mail, online or by phone) that it is time to commence renewal procedures.
To renew your drivers license by mail, you will need to submit:
Once you’ve gathered all the necessary paperwork, mail it to the Texas Department of Public Safety, P. O. Box 15999, Austin Texas-78761-5999 and expect to receive the renewed license in 4 to 6 weeks.
Texas law requires you to renew your drivers license in person if you are not eligible to do so online, by phone, or by mail, or if you are:
To renew your Texas drivers license in person, you will need to visit your local Texas DPS office and complete an Application For Renewal/Replacement/Change Of A Texas Driver License or Identification Card (Form DL-43), submit your current driver’s license, have your photo taken and pay the renewal fee (see the list in the Online section).
Additionally, you may need to verify your identity by providing one primary document (TX driver’s license, current US passport, US citizenship certificate), two secondary documents (birth certificate, Court order that includes your name and birth date) or one secondary document and two supporting documents such as a Social Security card, W-2 form and out-of-state drivers license or ID.