How To Renew Your Texas Drivers License

Need to renew your Texas drivers license? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

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 DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. 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 DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Drivers can renew their Texas drivers license by mail, in person, online or by phone.  

By Mail

The process to renew a drivers license in Texas by mail is as follows:

  • Send a check or money order, the check or money order must be written out to TXDPS
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Photocopy of insurance card. The insurance card must show that there is at least liability coverage.

Note: If the driver is not the owner of the vehicle and does not have proof of insurance, then he or she will need to enclose a non-ownership of a motor vehicle affidavit along with the other documents.

In Person 

A Texas drivers license holder will need to visit a Texas drivers license office in order to renew his or her drivers license in Texas. The driver will have to bring:

  • Proof of identity, such as a drivers license
  • Proof of lawful residence, which could be:
    • Birth certificate
    • Valid passport
    • Or another form that shows you legally reside in the United States

Once you pass the vision test and pay the required fees, your application is complete.

Note: If a driver is under the age of 18 or has a Commercial Drivers License (class A or B), the only option is to renew the license is in person.


There is a step-by-step process to renewing a Texas drivers license online. You will need to visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website and go to the renewal section. From there the driver will:

  • Log in using information off of the drivers previous license
  • Pay required renewal fee after address is entered and the information is reviewed
  • If the payment was accepted, a receipt will come up.
  • The receipt will be your temporary license until your official one arrives in the mail.

By Phone

You can also renew your Texas drivers license over the phone. To do this you will need:

  • The last four numbers of their Social Security number
  • Your drivers license
  • A credit card
  • There can be no major changes in your physical ability or looks.

Renewing Texas Drivers License If Expired
A renewal applicant's license is valid for six years, unless there is a name or address change. If a Texas drivers license renewal applicant's license has been expired for two or more years, the driver will need to start the whole process from the beginning, which includes retaking the driving and written tests.

The Texas drivers license renewal applicant may also be issued a new driver's license number. If it has been expired less than two years, then the driver can follow the steps above to get a drivers license renewal in Texas, either online, by mail or phone, or in person. Once the driver follows the steps above, the driver will have finished the renewal process. The driver must remember all their necessary documents so there are no hold ups and make sure to pay for the required fees.

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