Renewing Your Maryland Driver's License
If your Maryland driver's license has been expired for one (1) year or more, click here.
Individuals with a limited term driver’s license will continue to be issued a license with a period of validity that equals the duration of one’s lawful status in the United States. They can only renew by visiting an MVA Branch Office.
The MDOT MVA is now printing and mailing one of the most secure driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, and identification (ID) cards in the nation. All cards are now delivered through the mail within 4-7 business days. The new cards incorporate cutting-edge security features to help protect against identity theft and fraud. The new cards also meet all state and federal REAL ID standards. More information on our new secure cards, can be found here.
To Renew Online
If your renewal notice indicates that you are eligible, please renew online.
Your driver’s license will be mailed to the address on record at the MDOT MVA. When you receive your new license, you must destroy your old license. Maryland law allows only one driver's license per driver. Please call the MDOT MVA at 1-410-768-7000 if you do not receive your new license after 15 days. You may call 1-800-492-4575 if you are hearing impaired.
To Renew by Mail
- Complete your renewal application.
- If you are over 40, you must have your doctor complete and sign the "vision certification" portion of your renewal form. Please note, the vision certification portion of the renewal form is the only form that can be "read" by the MDOT MVA technology that processes your license by mail. If you use a separate form, you must renew in person.
- Mail in your renewal with the proper fee.
- Your new license will be mailed to the address printed on your Maryland Mail-In Driver's License Renewal Application. The MDOT MVA cannot mail or forward a renewed license to an alternate address. If you need to change your address, please click here and then you can renew by mail.
To Renew by MVA's Self Service Kiosk
All Maryland drivers who are eligible to renew online are eligible to renew at an MDOT MVA Self-Serve Kiosk. Drivers aged 40 and over must have their vision results submitted electronically by an Authorized Online Vision Certification Provider. The vision certification must be current, within twelve months of renewing.
To Renew in Person
How do I renew my license if it has been expired for one (1) year or more?
To have your license reissued, you will need to have your vision screened and pass the applicable knowledge test and skills test; a learner's permit is not required. You will be required to present your identity and residency documents as if you are a new applicant. Please start your application online.
- You may not be able to take the knowledge and skills tests on the same day.
- 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 MDOT MVA.
- You must provide a safe vehicle for the driving test. If the vehicle is a rental, 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 date.
- A vehicle in the appropriate class, with valid registration;
- An accompanying driver. It is illegal to drive with an expired license;
- Glasses or contacts if needed. See Vision Requirements for more information;
- Your payment.
- Take your photograph. See MDOT 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 MDOT MVA Signature Guidelines and
- Verify that you meet all eligibility requirements.
Apply to Register to Vote
You may apply to register to vote when you renew your driver's license. Click here for more information:
The Maryland MDOT MVA is phasing in the renewals of non-commercial driver’s licenses for 5 to 8 years. During the phase-in period, the length of validity will be computer generated and the fees will vary according to the number of years for which the license will be valid. 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 new resident driver’s license fee is charged.
License Renewal Refusal Due to Maryland Tax Deficiency and Unpaid Unemployment Insurance Contributions
Maryland Law prohibits the MVA from renewing the driver's license, vehicle registration, or the transferring of a vehicle registration if the applicant has not paid all undisputed taxes and/or unemployment insurance contributions to the Maryland Comptroller or the Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, or provided for payment in a manner that is satisfactory to the unit responsible for collections.
If you have received a letter of noncompliance from the MVA regarding either a MD tax deficiency or an unpaid unemployment insurance contribution, it is because the MVA has been notified that you have unpaid taxes and/or unemployment insurance contributions. These will prevent the renewal of your driver's license or vehicle registration or the transferring of your vehicle registration until you have satisfied your debts/obligations.
Commercial and noncommercial license renewals are affected by noncompliance. Corrected renewals are also refused.
To Resolve an Outstanding Tax Obligation:
The MVA does not accept payment for taxes. Please make payments, online at the Maryland Comptroller's website www.marylandtaxes.com. Click "Online Services" to see all of the options available to pay outstanding individual or business taxes. If you cannot pay the debt in full, you may contact the comptroller via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone to discuss payment options. For individual income tax liabilities, call the Maryland Comptroller's Office toll free at 855-213-6669 or for business tax liabilities call 410-649-0633.
The MVA does not accept payment for unemployment contributions. Businesses with unpaid unemployment insurance obligations should contact the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation to satisfy their debts or make acceptable payment arrangements. They may contact them by phone at 410-767-2699 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the liabilities have been resolved, the MVA will be notified 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 or transfer. Please allow up to 2 business days after the receipt of payment or approved payment plan for the hold to be released. Please do not wait until the deadline to renew to address your unpaid tax or unemployment insurance contribution debts.
Note: Vehicle transactions that may not be processed include:
- Registration Renewal
- Replacement Tag Renewal
- Substitute Tag
- Substitute Sticker
- Tag Transfer
- Tag Transfer with Renewal (plates being repurchased under a new class, i.e. War of 1812, personalized, or any special tags, etc.)
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.
If you are not in the military but outside of Maryland and not able to return before your license expires, you may be able to obtain a temporary license or renew your license while out-of-state.
You may be able to add a designation on your driver's license, indicating that you are veteran of the United States. There is no fee for the designation, please click here for more information.
For information on CDL requirements (how to apply for a CDL, renewal of a CDL, etc.) please refer to the CDL Information page.
Obtaining a Renewed License or a Duplicate or Corrected License / Identification (ID) Card When Absent from Maryland
This procedure is used when you will be outside of Maryland more than 45 days and cannot visit an MVA office regarding the following processes:
- Noncommercial driver's license - renewal, correction, duplicate and upgrade/downgrade
- Noncommercial driver's license converted from a provisional license
- Noncommercial provisional license - renewal, correction, duplicate
- Noncommercial temporary license (provisional) - 45 day (maximum of 2 consecutive)
- Noncommercial temporary license (full) - 45 day (maximum of 2 consecutive)
- Moped permit - renewal, correction, duplicate
- Maryland ID card - new, correction, duplicate
- CDL - renewal, correction, duplicate and upgrade/downgrade.
please note that this does not include learner's permits
If you expect to return to Maryland in less than 45 days, please click onto obtaining a temporary noncommercial license. For more information about ID cards, please click onto obtaining an identification card.
How do I renew my license or obtain a duplicate or corrected license/ID card when I am outside of Maryland?
Contact the MVA Absent from State Unit at 410-768-7442. You can also directly contact the MVA's Absent from State Unit by letter, fax (410-787-2988), or e-mail.
The MVA Absent from State Unit will mail you a packet of information and forms for you to complete.
- Carefully follow the instructions and return the completed forms to them.
- Be sure to sign the forms where required.
- Upon receipt of your application, the MVA Absent from State Unit will verify that you are eligible and then mail the license or ID card to your out-of-state address.
A valid/current Medical Examiner's Certificate (DOT card) and Intrastate waiver/Interstate exemption, (if required) must be provided for all MVA commercial driver's license transactions. See CDL medical/physical requirements for more information.
- There is a fee for the license/ID card, which is based on the transaction type (i.e., renewed license, duplicate license/ID, or corrected license/ID).
- There is no fee for a temporary license if one is issued.
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.
However, commercial driver’s licenses will continue to be valid for a maximum of 5 years.
Anyone 18 years or over may be an organ donor. Minors who are at least 15 years and 9 months old may add a donor designation if a parent or guardian consents in writing. The organ donor designation will stay on your driver's license or identification card at each renewal unless you decide to remove it and there is no fee to add or remove the organ donor designation.
You may be able to add a veteran's designation to your license or ID card indicating that you are a United States Veteran. There is no fee to add the designation. Click here for more information.
MVA Driver Services Division
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
For telephone questions:
MVA Customer Service Center: 1-410-768-7000
Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-492-4575