Renewing Your Maryland Driver's License
In order to increase customer service and decrease in-person wait times, customers who are under the age of 40 and eligible to renew their non-commercial driver’s license by web, mail or MVA Kiosk must use one of these methods to process their transaction. In-person renewals for these customers are no longer processed at a MVA Branch Office. You can renew your driver’s license online at Online Driver’s License Renewal.
- A Maryland noncommercial driver's license issued to a customer who is 21 years of age or older may be valid for a maximum of 8-years.
- The Maryland MVA has began converting non-commercial driver’s licenses to an 8-year license. During this phase in period, individuals renewing their driver’s license will receive a product with a validity period ranging from 5 to 8 years, as identified through a computer generated selection process.
- The fee required for renewing your driver’s license will be prorated based on the period of validity of this product. If your Maryland driver's license has been expired for one (1) year or more, click here.
Note: Individuals with a limited term ID or driver’s license will continue to be issued a product with a validity period equal to their duration of lawful status in the United States and will NOT be able to renew using the mail, MVA Kiosk or the web.
You can renew one of four ways:
All customers who come into the branches who are turning 21 years old, are no longer required to go to the Kiosk and can be issued a ticket to be receive a new picture and driver's license at the counter. This practice will stay in place until central issuance becomes operational.
To Renew by Mail
You may skip the visit to the MVA and renew your noncommercial driver’s license by mail if you received a new “renew by mail” packet.
If you are eligible to renew your license by mail, the MVA will send you a Maryland Mail-In Driver License Renewal Application (form # DL-179A or B) at least 60 days before your current license expiration date. Upon receiving the application, carefully review the information included with it. You will be required to:
- Answer all of the “yes/no” questions on the application including the following:
- Have you been diagnosed with any physical or mental disabilities, other than vision, which may affect your driving?
- Is your license or privilege to drive suspended, revoked, refused, cancelled, or disqualified in this or any other state, Washington D.C. or Canada?
- Are you currently employed? If yes, where?
- If you are 40 years of age or older, you must meet the MVA’s vision requirements. Your vision specialist must complete the Vision Certification section of the Mail-In Driver License Renewal Application. No other form of vision certification will be accepted as this is the only form that can be “read” by the MVA technology that renews your license by mail. If you use a separate from, you must renew in person. If you are less than 40 years of age, you are exempt from meeting this requirement.
- Mail in your renewal request with the proper fee once you have completed and signed the application. Note: If you are returning more than one application by mail, there must be a separate form of payment for each.
You cannot renew by mail if:
- Your name has changed from what is on the renewal notice/application; or
- Your current license was renewed by mail, online or via an MVA Kiosk terminal; or
- You find any errors in your information on the renewal notice/application; or
- Your social security number cannot be verified; or
- Your address is incorrect on the renewal notice/application; or
- Your address has changed; or
- A request to correct or update your address has been submitted by you to the MVA since you received your Maryland Mail-In Driver License Renewal Application.
- If you do not send in your renewal request at least 15 days prior to your current licenses expiration date, your current license could expire before you receive the new license in the mail. Note: It would be best to visit an MVA office and renew in person if your birthday is two weeks or less away.
Upon receipt of your application, the MVA will review it to confirm that you are eligible to renew your license by mail; if not, the MVA will return your renewal notice/application and payment and notify you by mail that you must apply in person to renew.
After preparing your new license using your latest MVA photo available, the MVA will mail it to the address printed on your Maryland Mail-In Driver License Renewal Application. The MVA cannot mail it to an alternate address. You should receive your new license in two weeks or less. When you receive your new license you must destroy your old license as you are not permitted to hold more than one license. Please call the MVA at 1-410-768-7000 or 1-800-492-4575 TTY for the Hearing Impaired if you have not received your new license after 15 days. Note: You may only renew by mail every other renewal period.
Note: You may choose to exchange your driver’s license for an Identification (ID) card if you no longer wish to drive.
How do I renew my driver's license using the MVA Kiosk or Online via the MVA Website?
Customers eligible to renew their driver’s license (DL) at an MVA self service Kiosk terminal are informed with their driver’s license renewal notification, which may be by an email or U.S. Mail. Customers aged 40 and over must have their vision results submitted electronically by an Authorized Online Vision Certification Provider.
To use the MVA Kiosk machine, you must visit an MVA branch office and follow the instructions given by the Kiosk terminal. Please note that many of these self service Kiosks are only available during normal MVA office business hours, while a few may have 24 hour accessibility depending on which office you plan to visit. Click on this link MVA branch office and select the office you wish to visit to review additional information. Customer’s 40 years old or older must have their vision examination results submitted electronically to the MVA by an Authorized Online Vision Certification Provider.
Note: The actual driver's license will be mailed to your Maryland residence on record within 10 business days. Contact the Customer Service Center if you do not receive your license within this time frame. Please visit a branch office if your license will expire before this time. The Kiosk will accept Cash, Check or Credit Cards as payment for the renewal.
In order to increase customer service and decrease in-person wait times, non-commercial driver's license customers who are under the age of 40 and eligible to renew by web, mail or MVA Kiosk, and customers who are eligible to renew their Maryland non-driver identification (ID) card by web or MVA Kiosk must use one of these methods to process their transaction. In-person renewals for these customers will no longer be processed at MVA branch office locations. You can renew your non-commercial driver's license online here.
You may be eligible to renew your license using the MVA Kiosk or Online if you meet the below requirements:
Eligible Customers for Driver's License Renewal Online or at a MVA Kiosk:
Driver's license holders who are 40 years of age and older may be eligible to renew using the MVA's Kiosk or online services if your eye care provider (physician, optometrist or ophthalmologist) is licensed to practice in Maryland and has become an Authorized Online Vision Certification Provider and has electronically submitted your current vision examination results to the MVA. Click here to view additional information, the current provider listing and to view the "Frequently Asked Questions" concerning this program.
1. You must have a Verifiable Social Security Number on record with the MVA, or a current Driver's License with a "U" (Non-Compliant) restriction.
2. You must have a Valid and Unexpired Maryland Non-Commercial license within six (6) months of its expiration date.
3. You must have a verifiable Maryland residential address on record with the MVA.
4. You must have an acceptable digital photo image on file with the MVA.
5. You must have a retrievable signature on file with the MVA.
6. Your last/current license issued must have been processed/completed in person (includes a new photo and signature) at an MVA branch office. (If your current license was renewed through the mail, at a kiosk or via the web, you are not eligible to renew through the mail, at the kiosk or via the web, as you may only renew using one of these methods every other renewal period).
7. You may renew a non-compliant "U" restricted license.
8. You may renew if you have a "B" restriction (glasses/contacts) or an “F” restriction (outside mirrors each side) on your current non-commercial license as long as your vision results meet these requirements.
You may not renew at a kiosk or on the Internet:
1. If you have an ALERT on your Maryland driving record.
2. If you have a limited term "T" license restriction.
3. If you are currently suspended, revoked, cancelled or refused.
4. If you have a tax non-compliance flag.
5. If you have a problem driver pointer system (PDPS) or a commercial driver license inquiry status (CDLIS) hit.
6. If you have a "Must Clear Medical Advisory Board (MAB) Flag".
7. If you have an unpaid restoration fee and/or a bad check fee.
8. If you have a commercial driver's license (CDL).
9. If you have a learner's permit (non-commercial or commercial).
10. If you have a provisional license.
- Medical StatusIf you currently hold a limited term temporary license (contains a “T” restriction), you will be required to present current lawful status documentation to renew your license. Renew early, as the documents must be verified through the Department of Homeland Security and that process could take a couple weeks.
For the safety of all drivers, the MVA must consider your medical status as part of your license request. Medical conditions, which could affect your driving, must be reported to the MVA. Please submit with your application, a certificate from your doctor indicating the onset of the disability, diagnosis, and medications, if any. All medical data is kept confidential and will only be used by the MVA to determine your qualifications to drive.
For information on requirements for military personnel and U.S. Foreign Service members (how to apply, renewal, etc.) please refer to the Military and U.S. Foreign Service Driver Licensing page.
The license may be renewed without additional tests, other than vision screening, if the license is still valid or has been expired for less than one (1) year.
License Renewal Refusal due to Maryland Tax Deficiency and Unpaid Unemployment Insurance Contributions
The Motor Vehicle Administration will not renew the driver's license, vehicle registration, or transfer a vehicle registration of anyone who has not paid all undisputed taxes and/or unemployment insurance contributions to the Maryland Comptroller or the Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation or provided for payment in a manner satisfactory to the unit responsible for collections.
If a customer has received a letter of noncompliance from the MVA regarding either a MD tax deficiency or unpaid unemployment insurance contribution, it is because the MVA has been notified that the individual driver (or business) has unpaid taxes and/or unemployment insurance contributions which will prevent the renewal of their driver's license or vehicle registration or transferring a vehicle registration until they have satisfied their debts/obligations.
This includes both noncommercial renewals and correction renewals as well as commercial license renewals.
The MVA does not accept payment for taxes or unemployment contributions.
To Resolve an Outstanding Tax Obligation:
The driver may make payment in full by going online at the Comptroller's website www.marylandtaxes.com. Click "Online Services" to see all of the online options available to pay outstanding individual or business taxes. If the driver cannot pay the debt in full, they may contact the Comptroller via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to discuss payment options. For individual income tax liabilities, call the Comptroller's Office toll free at 855-213-6669 or for business tax liabilities call 410-649-0633.
To Resolve an Outstanding Unemployment Insurance Obligation
Businesses with unpaid unemployment insurance obligations should contact the DLLR to satisfy their debts or make acceptable payment arrangements. They may contact the DLLR by phone at 410-767-2699 or via e-mail at email@example.com to discuss payment options.
Once the tax and/or unemployment insurance liabilities have been resolved, the Comptroller or the DLLR will notify the MVA that the hold on the driver's license or vehicle registration renewal/transfer has been lifted. The MVA will then be authorized to proceed with the renewal of the customer's driver's license or vehicle registration. Please allow up to two (2) business days after the receipt of payment by certified funds or beginning an approved payment plan for a hold on the renewals/transfer to be released. Do not wait until the last day to renew to address your unpaid tax or unemployment insurance contribution debts.
The MVA does not accept payment for taxes or unemployment contributions.
Note: Vehicle transactions that may not be processed are:
- Registration Renewal
- Replacement Tag Renewal
- Substitute Tag
- Substitute Sticker
- Tag Transfer
- Tag Transfer with Renewal (this includes plates being repurchased under a new class, i.e. War of 1812, personalized, or any special tags, etc.)
How do I Renew My Driver's License in Person?
In order to increase customer service and decrease in-person wait times, non-commercial driver's license customers who are under the age of 40 and eligible to renew by web, mail or MVA Kiosk, and customers who are eligible to renew their Maryland non-driver identification (ID) card by web or MVA Kiosk must use one of these methods to process their transaction. In-person renewals for these customers are no longer be processed at MVA branch office locations. You can renew your non-commercial driver's license online here.
The MVA typically will send you a renewal notice at least 60 days before your license expiration date. However, you do not need the notice to apply, if you are eligible, you may just visit one of the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) locations with your expiring license and the appropriate fee. If you are 25 years or older, you are permitted to apply for renewal at any time during the period from 6 months before your license expires to one year after it expires (note that it is illegal to drive with an expired license) without having to take additional tests. If you are under 21, you must wait until your 21st birthday or afterwards to renew. Your current license is valid for 60 days after your 21st birthday to give you ample time to renew.
Gather the documents and other items that you will need to take to the MVA:
- Maryland Driver License Renewal Notice – (please check for any errors or needed changes) note that if you do not have one, you still will be able to renew your license;
- Current (expiring) Maryland Driver's License - if you have lost it, you may have to prove your identity. Contact the Customer Service Center for more information;
- Name change documents (i.e. marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.) if applicable;
- Documented proof of your social security number that can be verified by the Social Security Administration (if required);
- Glasses or contact lenses if needed - see Vision Screening and Requirements for more information;
Visit any MVA office. When you arrive, the customer agent will:
- Take your photograph. See MVA Photo Guidelines;
- Review the documents you brought with you;
- Give you a vision screening or scan your Vision Screening Form unless your vision specialist (Authorized Online Vision Certification Provider)has electronically submitted your latest vision examination results to the MVA (exam administered within the previous 12 months);
- Ask you various questions to verify that you are eligible for license renewal;
- Have you sign the application following the MVA Signature Guidelines.
- Collect the fee owed; and
- Issue your new license (if applicable). Note: A non-compliant license will be mailed to your residence address on file with the MVA.
All customers coming into the branches who are turning 21 years old, are no longer required to go to the kiosk and can be issued a ticket to receive a new picture and driver's license at the counter. This practice will stay in place until central issuance becomes operational.
If you have changed your name since your last license was issued, you must change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA) prior to coming to the MVA. The license, learner's permit or ID card will not be issued if the new desired name change does not match the SSA records and is not automatically verified by the SSA files. It may take a minimum of 48 hours or longer for the SSA to update their records with your name change.
How do I renew my license if it has been expired for one (1) year or more?
You will be required to present your identity and residency documents as if you are a new applicant. Please refer to Sources of Proof for required identity and residency documentation and instructions.
- You may not be able to take the skills test on the same day unless you've made an appointment ahead of time.
- The MVA Central Scheduling System will not permit you to schedule an appointment since you do not have a valid license or learner's permit.
- If your license has been expired for one (1) year or more and if you are required to retest, you may walk in to any MVA. You are no longer required to schedule a skills test appointment once you have passed the vision and knowledge tests. Only if you have a learner's permit are you required to schedule a skills test appointment. Click here for additional information on scheduling a test appointment or you may call 1-410-768-7000 for assistance.
- You must provide a safe test vehicle for the driving test. If this vehicle is a rental vehicle your name must appear on the rental contract as an approved driver of that vehicle or the test will be canceled and you will need to set up another test appointment date.
When you are prepared for these tests, gather the documents and other items that you will need to take to the MVA:
- A vehicle in the appropriate class, with valid registration;
- Accompanying driver - note that it is illegal to drive with an expired license;
- Glasses or contacts if needed - see Vision Screening and Requirements for more information;
Second, visit any MVA full service branch office; no appointment is needed. A customer agent in the office will:
- Take your photograph. See MVA Photo Guidelines
- Review the documents you brought with you;
- Give you a vision screening or scan your Vision Screening Form;
- Have you sign the application. See MVA Signature Guidelines and
- Verify that you meet all eligibility requirements.
After completing these steps, you will be given a knowledge test. If you pass the knowledge test, you will be directed to a Driver Licensing Agent to determine if the skills test can be taken that day or if you will need to schedule an appointment for another day.
If you have a class A or B license (commercial or noncommercial), you must schedule an appointment to take the skills test. Upon successful completion of your skills test, your driver's license will be issued
If you test for a (learner's permit or driver's license) and pass the required knowledge test(s) and or skills tests, the passing scores are only valid for six (6) months from the date the test was passed. If the learner's permit and or driver's license has not been issued within this time frame, then you must retest to obtain the permit or license.
The Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
For information on CDL requirements (how to apply for a CDL, renewal of a CDL, etc.) please refer to the CDL Information page.
Apply to Register to Vote
You may apply to register to vote when you visit an MVA to renew your driver's license. Ask an MVA customer service representative for details.
Veteran Status Code:
You may be able to add a certain code to your license indicating you are a US Veteran, click here for more information.
- The conversion to an 8-year driver’s license and identification card will be implemented over the next few years. During this phase-in period, individuals renewing their noncommercial driver’s license or identification card will receive a product with a validity period of a maximum of 5 to 8 years. Because the expiration date of the license or identification card is determined by a computer generated selection process, the fee required to renew will vary. This fee is prorated (for each year the product is valid) based on the period of validity of the license or identification card which may be for a maximum of 5-8 years.
Note: Commercial driver’s licenses will continue to be valid for a maximum of 5-years.
- If the customer's license is eligible for renewal (not expired, or expired for less than one (1) year), there is a driver license renewal fee.
- If the customer's license has been expired for one (1) year or more, the driver license (new resident) fee is charged.
Driver Services Division
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
For telephone questions:
MVA Customer Service Center: 1-410-768-7000
TTY/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-492-4575