How To Renew Your North Carolina Drivers License
Need to renew your North Carolina drivers license? We've collected helpful information and links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.
3: Via a local DMV office
If you prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
Renewing your North Carolina Drivers License
You can renew by mail if you have been living outside of the state for 30 days or are in the armed forces on active duty and stationed outside of North Carolina. Licenses renewed by mail are only temporary. Send required forms and information to the following address:
Driver License Services
3114 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-3114
To renew your North Carolina drivers license in person, you'll need to complete the following steps:
- Bring your expired or current license with you, or another way to prove your identity.
- Bring proof of Social Security number if it isn’t on file with the DMV.
- Take and pass sign and vision tests
- Pay fees based upon the number of years until the license expires
To renew your drivers license, you’ll need two of the following documents:
- Your current license or proof of your identity
- Birth certificate
- Your original Social Security card
- School documents such as a diploma
- Military ID
- Certified marriage certificate
- NC Limited Driving Privilege
- U.S. government documents
- U.S. Veterans Universal Access card
- Court documents
You can pay for your fees by check money order, or by cash. Credit cards arе not accepted for the renewal process.
- Class A, B, and C licenses are $4 per year.
- The CDL is $15 per year; the full five or eight years is paid upfront.
You will need to take some or all of the following tests
- Vision test
- Road signs – Study the road signs before taking this test
- Drivers test (up to DMV)
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