Renewing a Vehicle Registration in Texas

Texas DPS offers several methods for renewing your drivers license or ID card.  The simplest way to renew is online.  This option is only available if you renewed at an office last time, since they want to check your vision and update your photo periodically.  You must be between the ages of 18 and 78 to renew online.  You may also renew your license over the phone by calling 1-866-DL RENEW (1-866-357-3639).

To begin the online renewal click here. https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/dlfork.aspx?action=renew  You should have your old drivers license handy, since you will need to enter your drivers license number, your date of birth, the last four digits of your Social Security number and the audit number from your previous license.  If you have lost the old license do not have the audit number, you can still use the system by entering the address from your previous card and correctly answering a few security questions.

It is good to have a printer ready so you can print out your temporary license and receipt.  These will not be mailed to you until your permanent drivers license comes in the mail in a week or two. You will also need a credit card for payment of fees.  Drivers license renewal costs $25, or $16 for a state ID.  If you are just changing your address or replacing a lost license the fee is just $11. 

You also have the option of renewing by mail if you received a renewal notice from DPS.  Just send in the form with the required information and the correct payment in the form of check or money order.

If you used online renewal the last time you renewed your license, you will be required to make a trip to the DPS license office.  You should expedite the process by downloading and completing the application https://www.dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-43.pdf in advance of your visit.  Then find the hours of the best drivers license office by clicking here https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/dlfork.aspx?action=renew You may be able to make an appointment at the same time. 

Once at the DPS office you will need to be prepared to show proof of citizenship or lawful residency in the form of an original birth certificate or US passport.  Additionally, you must satisfy the identification process by bringing in your previous drivers license or state ID, valid passport or military ID.  If you have lost your license you must present two forms of ID which can include the birth certificate,  Social Security card, W-2 form, school ID or report card, voter registration card, insurance policy or any ID card issued by a government agency.

After satisfying this proof of citizenship and ID, you will also need to provide your Social Security number.  Then you will be asked to take a vision test, have a new photo take and give a fingerprint.  Remember to bring a form of payment for the fee.  Your new license will be valid for 6 years.

License renewal checklist

online renewal:

in-person renewal (required every other renewal)