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Online Drivers License Renewal

Effective May 1, 2014, DC DMV will implement a REAL ID and Limited Purpose credential.  Therefore, online driver license renewals will not be available to residents who do not currently have a REAL ID or Limited Purpose credential.  Refer to our driver license renewal webpage for more information.

You may renew your driver license online if you can satisfy all of the online eligibility requirements below. You may also change your address during this transaction. If you can't satisfy all these online requirements, or if you're renewing a commercial Drivers license or a provisional driver license, please visit a DMV service location to renew your license. If your DC driver license has been expired for more than 365 days, you'll need to visit DMV service location and pass a knowledge test.  If your non-commercial DC driver license has been expired for any period of time, you may take the District's online traffic school course to waive taking the knowledge test.  If your DC driver license has been expired for more than 545 days, you'll need to visit a DMV service location and pass a knowledge test and a road test (the road test must be scheduled in advance). Although you can renew your drivers license online if it has been expired for less than 365 days, please be aware that it is illegal to drive with an expired drivers license. However, you will be able to use your online drivers license certificate for 45 days from the date of your online renewal transaction until you receive your new drivers license in the mail. Note you must keep your current drivers license, in addition to the temporary drivers license certificate.

If you have:
A REAL ID or Limited Purpose driver license that has not been expired for more than 365 days
Your current name on file at the DMV.
Your current address on file at the DMV. If you need to change your address, you may do so during this online drivers license renewal transaction. The DMV will mail your driver license to your current address on file at the DMV.
Your driver license number and the control number from your renewal notice. (If you don't have the control number from your renewal notice, provide your first name, last name, Social Security number, and date of birth.)
A valid credit card. The DMV accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. DC government does not accept American Express credit cards.

AND

You haven't:
Renewed your driver license online in your last renewal period
Recently changed your name and not updated the information with DMV
Experienced any change in your medical condition such as vision changes or being diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes, Alzheimer disease, glaucoma, cataracts, eye disease or any other mental or physical condition that would impair your ability to drive
Experienced any episodes of fainting or seizures within the last 5 years, or received treatment for episodes of fainting or seizures during the preceding 12 months.
Cleared your driver license suspension or revoke status.
Reached the age of 70 or older.

Online Drivers License Renewal Six-Step Overview

  1. Enter your driver license renewal information.
  2. Complete medical questionnaire.
  3. Update your organ donor information.
  1. Pay for the online driver license renewal using a valid credit card.
  2. Review payment information.
  3. Print the receipt page for your records and, if necessary, the 45 day temporary license certificate.

Online Drivers License Renewal: Within 10 business days, DMV will mail your driver license to your address of record.